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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter features a duet with Justin Bieber.
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Eye of the Storm
[Pre Chorus] This morning I was listening to your heartbeat Singing songs I see you right beside me, but you're hardly here at all You hate me 'cause... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 83
    Accordingly, even though Wonder is his fourth studio album, it often feels like the sound of an artist still discovering himself in real time — the pleasant but vaguely unplaceable style of previous hits like “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” now gilded with swirling psychedelic pomp (on the expansive title track), ring-my-bell disco (“Teach Me How to Love”), and slinky R&B (“Piece of You”).
  2. Dec 11, 2020
    80
    While “Wonder” is at times overambitious and overwrought, it does feel like the last stop on a particular journey. Mendes can’t sound much bigger than this without going full Adele, so what might come next is wide open.
  3. Dec 16, 2020
    80
    While the slower songs are fine, sometimes sincere, the growth on Wonder is all evident on the livelier tunes, all of which point toward a more adventurous twenties for Shawn Mendes.
  4. Dec 3, 2020
    70
    What emerges is a compelling mix of youthful passion and coming-of-age agony.
  5. Dec 9, 2020
    50
    Mendes spends nearly every minute bowled over by the power of love. It’s nice to see his cup overflow so bountifully, but the near-constant awe quickly grows tiresome, especially when conveyed through clichés like, “Your body’s like an ocean, I’m devoted to explore you” and, “You’re my sunlight on a rainy day.”
  6. 50
    His lyrics meander and stop short of true sentiment, and his rhythmic deliveries feel less cohesive. He still has a way with swell, understanding how to inflate his voice from whimper to peal. But on this inconsistent album, rarely does his singing convey depth of feeling.
  7. 40
    At its least appealing, the music follows suit, dealing in boilerplate pop of varying hues: ponderous-verse-into-epic-chorus balladry; sugary indie guitars on 305 and Teach Me How to Love, dance pop so unmemorable it’s a wonder Mendes didn’t forget he was singing it and wander off midway through. But, just occasionally, something from outside the standard palette of current pop grabs your attention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 485
  1. Dec 9, 2020
    10
    It is one of the best albums that came out this 2020, it came to save this year. Mendes used new extremely catchy sounds and his evolution isIt is one of the best albums that came out this 2020, it came to save this year. Mendes used new extremely catchy sounds and his evolution is very remarkable, this album is a jewel that should deserve much more recognition. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Amazing! Simply incredible. I have no words to describe this album, it is for sure the best album I have ever heard in my life, Shawn shows us all his vulnerability and passion with very well written compositions, I look forward to seeing his fans singing 305 and teach me how to love live. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    literally a masterpiece!! he's an incredible songwriter but the productions, songs and the album as a whole makes it hard to stop listening!literally a masterpiece!! he's an incredible songwriter but the productions, songs and the album as a whole makes it hard to stop listening! his best album so far. Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2020
    10
    Amo Wonder ! Increíble que un joven de 22 años pueda escribir su música y abra su corazón para expresar todos sus sentimientos en esta músicaAmo Wonder ! Increíble que un joven de 22 años pueda escribir su música y abra su corazón para expresar todos sus sentimientos en esta música tan mágica ! Orgullosa de Shawn Mendes!! Y los que vienen acá a ponerle 0 no pierdan su tiempo porque Wonder ya es oficialmente su cuarto álbum No. 1 Expand
  5. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    Absolutely amazing, clearly Shawn's best album
    and maybe the best album published this year
    the lyrics, the music, the beat, Mendes guarantees
    Absolutely amazing, clearly Shawn's best album
    and maybe the best album published this year
    the lyrics, the music, the beat, Mendes guarantees you that you'll have a great time listening to wonder
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  6. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    With his fourth album, Shawn Mendes has tremendously grown as musician in terms of his songs production and his ohhh smooth voice. He has alsoWith his fourth album, Shawn Mendes has tremendously grown as musician in terms of his songs production and his ohhh smooth voice. He has also grown as a human being, become more matured and introspective (as we all did during this pandemic) and didn’t shy away from showcasing and sharing his vulnerabilities, fears and prejudices (he go through both as an individual and as a famous musician). I can’t pin point my favourites yet as I will give the album the time to grow more on me. Expand
  7. Dec 4, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I expected something glorious like Wonder but I was disappointed with the songs, lyrics and beats, Shawn wanted to innovate and tell R&B but this style was not good in his voice, the guy is 22 years old and writes songs as if he were 15 Expand

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