Shawn Mendes, insert swoon, seemingly has it all. But all that fame and good fortune is for naught as one prize remains so elusive on the young soloist’s latest, you.
Off of his as yet untitled fourth studio album, “If I Can’t Have You” is a peppy pop opine on an all-consuming past love. A bold few bars of the piano and vulnerable vocal set kick off The 1975 inspired cut before sweeping synths and rousing strings carry the emotion-riddled narrative on its melodic course. The culmination comes with a harmonic exposure felt through song and lyric.
This man is too pretty to hurt, dammit! Stream below, grab a copy courtesy of Island Records, and spread that social love: