The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! The release of the new Shawn Mendes album Wonder has happened! The album is finally ours, and it blew all of our wildest expectations out of the water.
Before we get into our thoughts on the album in full, let’s talk about the man of the hour Shawn Mendes and how he let his Mendes Army join him on a virtual listening party over at Apple Music, and with the help of Zane Lowe, they brought the magic of the album to life. We got to hear from some of the creative masterminds behind this project, including songwriter and producer Kid Harpoon and songwriter Scott Harris.
Zane Lowe also got to ask Shawn some serious, thought-provoking questions about the album, and we learned that ‘Wonder’ is the song that Shawn is most proud of on the album. Fans also got to stream the album live alongside Shawn and Zane as they played each song and talked through them. We loved watching the reactions from the fans, who seemed to fall in love with this beautiful work of art instantly (we are right there with them!)
Our favorite part of the entire listening party was getting to hear the fan questions! We are fans just like you, and seeing the joy and excitement on the faces of the many members of the Mendes Army brings a smile to our faces. And, not to mention, they asked some pretty unbelievable questions, such as “What was your inspiration conceptualizing the whole Wonder album?” and also “What is your favorite part of the album writing process?”
We also learned that Wonder was born out of a self-reflective period Shawn experienced during quarantine, and he found a real place of freedom with art, music, and his sense of self. That sense of freedom, along with honesty and humanity, can be felt throughout the entire album. Shawn isn’t anything less than a talented mastermind, and getting into his headspace surrounding the album gives us fans a sense of intimacy.
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, our review of the magic, the main attraction, the masterpiece, the reason we are all still breathing and dead at the same time: Wonder…
Let us first start by saying that this album is unreal, and as we type this to ‘Dream’ playing in the background, we have full.body.chills. Shawn has never had an album that gives us so much passion, honesty, and vulnerability that we get from Wonder. He has grown as an artist and as a human being, and the sound and underlying meaning that Wonder offers to fans reflect those changes (in the best way possible!).
Going track by track, we found ourselves getting completely lost in the hypnotic, sultry vocals, the indulgent, textured beats and rhythms, and the effortlessly poetic lyrics that seem to light your soul on fire. We were particularly drawn to ‘Intro,’ ‘Wonder,’ ‘Teach Me How To Love,’ ‘Dream,’ ‘Look Up At The Stars,’ ‘Monster,’ and ‘Song For No One.’ However, every song on this album is phenomenal in its own way, and we couldn’t imagine listening to any of these songs without the others- that just wouldn’t feel the same.
Lastly, our favorite thing about this album is that we get a full love story playing out right before us (Shawmila, we see you!) The album goes from wondering what it would be like to be loved by the person you love to not being able to imagine your life without that person. It’s beautifully rendered, and now our eyes are leaking (WHO’S CUTTING ONIONS IN HERE?!).
Our favorite part of this stanning thing is enjoying these releases with our fellow fandom members (HELLO OUT THERE!). Mendes Army is some of the most passionate and adoring fans there are, and we wanted to see what they all had to say about the new album!
We have never been more proud of you, Shawn, than we are at this moment. Congrats on such an incredible album. We love and appreciate you and all of your hard work more than you know! Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to go back to streaming!
We hope you’ve had the chance to listen to the album, and if not, all you have to do is click here! You can then click here to submerge yourself in the Shawn Mendes concert experience with Shawn’s upcoming Livestream benefit concert. Shawn has also released a fun activity that allows you to not only FEEL the Wonder experience but also LIVE it with the new Wonder interactive game and streaming experience.
Which song from Wonder is your favorite? What do you think of the new direction Shawn Mendes has taken his music? Are you attending his benefit concert on December 6th? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! You can also hit us up on Facebook and Instagram!
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