Track Review: Shawn Mendes, ‘Don’t Be a Fool’
Canadian teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes gives listeners everywhere one final snapshot into Illuminate ahead of its September 23 release. The final snapshot is another fantastic one, “Don’t Be a Fool.” Mendes has definitely stepped up his game on his sophomore album – lofty praise considering it still hasn’t arrived in its entirety.
“Don’t Be a Fool” features beautiful, mature vocals from Mendes. Clearly, he has become a better musician since The Shawn Mendes EP and full-length debut, Handwritten. Like “Mercy” and “Ruin,” Mendes infuses every ounce of his passion. The rasp and earnestness of his pipes is superb.
The sound is old-school – a bluesy, R&B record. It should feel totally anachronistic, but the market for old-school music is ripe and Mendes nails it. The use of background vocals only amplifies the soulfulness. Vocally, Mendes definitely knows how to execute runs.
With “Don’t Be a Fool” and Illuminate as a whole, it feels as if Mendes is looking past teen pop stardom. He seems to be focused on being an artist who appeals to everyone – that’s incredibly respectable. “Don’t Be a Fool” is another fine musical performance from Mendes without question.