In an effort to further his popularity, Shawn Mendes released his debut EP, The Shawn Mendes EP. The album is only four songs long, but it was offered completely free. It also has a customized video for each song, which was all uploaded to his YouTube channel. Though only 16 years old, Mendes is already proving that he could eventually be a big star.
The Canadian teenager alrea has quite the gifted voice, but as his voice matures and his songwriting skills grow, he’ll grow into quite the musician.
His story all starts with the phone app Vine. He started uploading 7 second clips of his singing, and his popularity grew quickly. He was a genius when it came to social media, because he used everything he could. He moved from Vine, to YouTube, then eventually to Facebook, once he had material to share.
Now, he has his first debut album to showcase his talent and he’s offering it for free, so you bet people will be tempted to listen to it. The best part is that the album is good. He’s a talented singer and his songs were actually thought out before he recorded them. Of course, like any first-time recording artist he’s going to have his hiccups, but he didn’t have that many on his first try.
The phrasing in his melodies can be tricky at times, but for the most part, it was good. The lyrics were decent for his first time and his vocal ability was definitely shown off, so I’m confident that he’ll do well on this release.
One highlight track to look for is “Life of the Party.” It’s his single and the best track on his EP. The choice of melody was perfect and showed off his skills as a songwriter. It’s a strong debut for such a young kid.
His three other tracks are also pretty strong, but the songs don’t have as much character as his single. If there was a track that could compete with h”Life of the Party,” it would be, “The Weight.” It’s a soothing ballad that’s shows off the softness in his voice, as well as some rhythm toward the end of the track. He definitely nailed half the songs on his EP.
Should you purchase the album? You could, but it’s free, so I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to check it out. I recommend it to myself, and I suggest you do the same.