Shawn Mendes - If I Can't Have You | Song Review
Shawn Mendes has released his new single titled 'If I Can't Have You' which seems to be the start of a new era but Shawn has revealed that it isn't the start of his next album - he is still constantly working on it (we love a perfectionist).
Every song Shawn releases, I love! He has such a strong voice and amazing song writing capabilities. His songs are also so catchy with high energy vibes. I honestly love his music so much! It is so raw and true to him; such an amazing artist!
'If I Can't Have You' follows Shawn's usual acoustic, raw type of sound with the guitar being a prominent instrument throughout the song. This song is produced perfectly in my opinion, it is really lively during the chorus which makes it really catchy and remember-able but the feelings you feel during the verses as it goes kind of dark and mysterious are truly amazing.
In an interview with Beats 1, Shawn described the song as a 'confident pop record' and went on to say that:
This is the one that consistently every time I play it for myself, or for friends and family, it has just given people ‘that’ smile.
Shawn also revealed on a live chat on YouTube with his fans that this song was heavily inspired by The 1975:
What was your biggest inspiration for this song?
'Truthfully, my inspiration behind the song musically was from The 1975 ! Not to say it sounds crazy like them but I was obsessed with their album while making this song!'
I have to agree with Shawn, it does necessarily sound anything like a song from The 1975 but I also hear some slight similarities between this song and their music. I love when artists take inspiration from other artists or bands!