Shawn Mendes’ Wonder: A Review

Naeelah Desanges, Reporter

Shawn Mendes’ fourth studio album, “Wonder,” was released on December fourth after much anticipation. It was clear after the success of “Wonder,” the single, that this record was going to be like nothing we’ve heard before from him.

This album was unconventional yet refreshing. A distinct dreamy and whimsical feeling was carried through most of the songs by creative word choice. Many of the lyrics were stripped down and simple, desperately needed in a year like 2020. The emotion poured into a simple ballad such as “a Song for No One” really embodied the feeling of disconnectedness that is so common. A song like “305” has an upbeat, infectious melody with a clever chord procession that will be in your head for days.

In an interview with Zane Lowe, Shawn touched upon his many muses during the album’s writing process. A newfound love, openness, and perspective brought by this year’s struggles and challenges are to blame for this gem of a record.