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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Canadian pop singer features guest appearances from Khalid and Julia Michaels.
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In My Blood
[Intro] Help me, it's like the walls are caving in Sometimes I feel like giving up But I just can't It isn't in my blood [Verse 1] Laying on the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 31, 2018
    90
    Shawn Mendes is a remarkably well-crafted pop album that finds the singer trying on different styles, prominently showcasing his collaborators and making some flagrant references--yet his persona has become strong enough that he’s never overpowered by any of it.
  2. 80
    His impressive collective of collaborators--John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Julia Michaels and Khalid--all help foster Mendes’ music into a more mature space.
  3. 80
    Yes, there are lows: the mawkish ‘Why’ is as sticky as treacle and slushy ballad ‘Perfectly Wrong’ is an unwanted lull as the penultimate track on the album, but these are in the minority. In general, Shawn Mendes is a bright and bold new direction for the 19-year-old singer, as he leaves behind sickly choruses for brazen, guitar-ridden anthems; he sounds all the better for it.
  4. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    There's a palpable sweetness to music that endures, even when a production is as bright and glistening as it is on Shawn Mendes. That bodes well for the future that Shawn Mendes is so evidently planning for.
  5. May 25, 2018
    60
    His attempt to detoxify pop masculinity is admirable, but you’re left yearning for a bit of rough and tumble.
  6. May 31, 2018
    51
    This looming sense of familiarity extends past the album’s musical elements and into its writing. Shawn Mendes is populated with stock characters: the girl who’s a little too high on her own supply, the girl worth waiting forever for, the girl who got away.
  7. May 25, 2018
    50
    Shawn Mendes is appealing if not wholly engaging, full of pleasantly anonymous songs that systematically obscure Mr. Mendes’s talents.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 47
  2. Negative: 8 out of 47
  1. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    ART. Shawn really DID that. Shawn offers a more mature album where he explores other themes besides love and breakup. It'a magnificent record.
  2. May 25, 2018
    10
    Perfect step into the right direction. The album does have some songs which could be thrown into the trash but its highlights (In My Blood,Perfect step into the right direction. The album does have some songs which could be thrown into the trash but its highlights (In My Blood, Lost In Japan, Particular Taste, Youth, Where Were You In The Morning?, Why) make up for them. Well done Mr. Mendes! Congrats Expand
  3. May 25, 2018
    10
    HINÁRIO! MELHOR ALBUM DA CARREIRA PRODUÇÃO INCRIVEL SHAWN LENDA GALERA AMOOOO A MASTERPIECE
  4. May 25, 2018
    8
    Great album, with excellent lyrics and great songs. Very personal, but more of the same.
    The only weakness is musicality. No matter how much
    Great album, with excellent lyrics and great songs. Very personal, but more of the same.
    The only weakness is musicality. No matter how much Shawn finds himself as a musician, the songs are more of the same, giving the impression that they are all the same - in the instrumental issue. What's more, incredible album and truly memorable songs.
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  5. May 26, 2018
    6
    "Where were you in the mourning?" is such a good song, but to that song until "Perfectly wrong" and "When you're ready" we have a lot of"Where were you in the mourning?" is such a good song, but to that song until "Perfectly wrong" and "When you're ready" we have a lot of forgettable songs, not even the collaborations put a little warm. Expand
  6. May 26, 2018
    5
    As músicas do álbum são boas, o único problema é a falta de autenticidade. O álbum soa como o Illuminate com pegadas de Handwritten.
  7. Jun 8, 2018
    0
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