EPISODE 16: Shawn Mendes – Illuminate Album Reaction
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The boyish charm and innocence showcased on his debut album Handwritten was pleasant to listen to, but definitely held firm with his core audience. Now, on his second studio album Illuminate, Shawn Mendes has broadened his horizon and transitioning from teen heartthrob, to beloved, well-refined artist. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Mendes rose to stardom during the days of Vine and the rise of social media superstars, Mendes impressed viewers constantly with his impressive vocal range and his innate talent. After touring with his friends Cameron Dallas, Jack & Jack, and a few others, Mendes went on to pursue his solo career and has blossomed ever since the day his first song “Life of the Party” became available on iTunes. Today, Mendes has grown up and so has his music. Illuminate oozes with soul, mature songwriting, and displays musicality that echoes that of John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. It’s refreshing to see and hear that, at the tender age of 18, the makings of a true artist, to be praised and remembered throughout the years are already present and embodied by Mendes. Songs like “Don’t Be a Fool”, “Ruin”, and “No Promises” are just a few great mentions from an album of even greater proportions. With only two albums two his name, Mendes is only going to continue to grow as an artist, while breaking hearts all along the way, and he’s off to a great start.