On May 25, 2018, Mendes let us in on his most personal album to date. The 19 year old released self-titled album, “Shawn Mendes,” with the first promotional single off the album being a song depicting feelings of panic, anxiety, and depression with “In My Blood.”
It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 the first week it was released.
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Song by Song Review
In My Blood: A very vulnerable and authentically written song about suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
Though the speaker, no matter how hard it gets, knows it isn’t in their blood to give up.
Sometimes I feel like giving up but I just can’t. It isn’t in my blood.
Nervous: A kick drum keeps rhythm with this catchy pop track about how your heart rate picks up around the person you are crushing on.
Lost in Japan: Jazz piano and bass guitar chords give this a sultry musicality about surprising the person you are catching feelings for.
Where Were You in the Morning: Bluesy musicality sets the stage for a track about waking up to see your one-night stand left without leaving their number.
Like To Be You (ft. Julia Michaels): Guitar strums keep time while Mendes duets with Julia Michaels (“Issues”) about wanting to know everything about someone.
Fallin’ All In You: An acoustic guitar carries the heart of the track about fallin’ in love with someone after a one night stand.
Particular Taste: Co-written by Ryan Tedder, the fun and dancy musicality tell a story about a woman who knows what she wants, likes or dislikes. It has a Prince-like feel.
Why: Two people who won’t admit their true feelings which makes things weird and awkward between them, especially if they are friends.
Because I Had You: Short minor chords strummed pain the musicality of this song about giving yourself permission to love someone new.
Queen: A relatable track about a girl who is shallow, one-dimensional, and all about what’s currently cool. It’s my favorite track on the album because the lyrics are so well-written.
Youth (ft. Khalid): A song featuring Khalid (Young, Dumb & Broke) about all the current school shootings to raise awareness about gun violence.
Mutual: The musicality creates a push and pull sound which creates a soundtrack of someone who plays with your emotions to feel better about themselves.
Perfectly Wrong: Minor chords create an awkward cradle to realizing someone is wrong for you but you still hold a candle for them.
When You’re Ready: A soft acoustic sweet song about being willing to wait for a chance to be with that one person.
A soft heartfelt finale to a music album that showcases a singer-songwriter who is learning who he is as a young man, and isn’t afraid to share his beautiful soul.