Is Shawn Mendes's 'Wonder' his career best? Fans call his new album 'only good thing about 2020'

Mendes pulls out all the stops to diversify and dramatize his sound


                            Is Shawn Mendes's 'Wonder' his career best? Fans call his new album 'only good thing about 2020'
Shawn Mendes (Getty Images)

Shawn Mendes dropped his fourth studio album titled worldwide 'Wonder' and it has been garnering quite a heartwarming response across social media. The album, which includes a collaboration with fellow Canadian singer Justin Bieber, was supported by the singles 'Wonder' and 'Monster' has been produced by Mendes himself, Frank Dukes and Kid Harpoon, among others. Comprising of 14 songs, here's what fans have been saying about 'Wonder'.

Before the album's release, Mendes had said of Wonder, "It really feels like a piece of me has been written down on paper and recorded into song. I tried to be as real and as honest as I've ever been. It's a world and a journey and a dream and an album I've been wanting to make for a really long time. I absolutely love it. Thank you for being by my side for so many years. I love you all so much."

Mendes’s sound has clearly matured on the latest record. The songwriting, too, is a lot more wiser and deals with more serious and pertinent personal issues as compared to his earlier three albums. Mendes, who was involved in the production process of the album alongside other producers, has put out a record that is more polished and better accomplished in its goals than any of his earlier releases. Despite being a pop album, its scope is larger and the collaborations, too, stand out on ‘Wonder’ in ways they never did before. It might, or might not, score a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, but definitely is Mendes’s most enjoyable record to date.

What fans have to say about Wonder

One user, calling the record a masterpiece, tweeted, "Every song that this dude has ever written is indeed a masterpiece, every word is meaningful. I have never been disappointed by you and in what you do. I am proud of you, always! I love you dear Shawn Mendes," followed by the hashtag #WONDER. Another fan of Mendes wrote, "cannot believe Shawn Mendes just single-handedly saved 2020 with 'Wonder'."

A different can, talking about the album, said, "#WONDER This album is the only good thing about this 2020 ah and that I have gotten a job. Shawn Mendes, so proud of you," while another, thanking Mendes for the album, wrote, "#WONDER Thank you for being you, do not stop shining you are the person I admire the most and my safe place, you are incredible thanks for your music. I LOVE YOU, Shawn Mendes."

One fan, talking about the writing on the songs, tweeted, "Omg!!! Just listened to #WONDER and I am shook. Shawn Mendes this album is soooo super frickin good. I love all the songs. I love how you were so vulnerable in the writing process and that reflects in the lyrics. @ShawnMendes @ShawnAccess #WONDER"



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 


Recently, to promote the album, a feature-length documentary titled 'Shawn Mendes: In Wonder' directed by Grant Singer was released on Netflix on November 23, 2020, chronicling the past few years of Mendes's life, including his rise to fame, his 2019 self-titled world tour and the making of 'Wonder'. Mendes executive produces the film, which was honored as a special selection at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.

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