NEW ALBUM RELEASE: “Illuminate” – Shawn Mendes


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Shawn Mendes

Album: Illuminate

Release Date:September 23, 2016


Shawn Mendes, an artist and songwriter who could be considered the combination of John Mayer and Ed Sheeran, recently released his brand new album, “Illuminate.” It is the classic sound of guitar mixed with beautiful lyrics, and the excitement couldn’t be any more present. There is something about young men strumming a love song that people can’t seem to get enough of, and Mendes satisfies that niche.


“Illuminate” is a unique album but songs such as “Ruin,” “No Promises,” and “Like This” have a strong resemblance to John Mayer’s album “Continuum.” On the other hand, songs like “Treat You Better” and “Honest” have a slightly more upbeat sound like Ed Sheeran or Gavin DeGraw. As a whole, this album is fantastic. It has received positive responses and we expect it to be one of the most popular albums of the year. “Illuminate” can be downloaded on Apple Music and is also available on Spotify.


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Abby is a senior Agricultural Communications & Journalism major graduating December 2018. Abby began writing for Maroon Weekly during the fall semester of 2016, and after taking a short break, has come back for more! Some of her favorite things include coffee, music and her miniature schnauzer, Sadie. If you want to find Abby, she will most likely be reading in a dark room, blogging in a local coffee shop or riding her longboard across campus.


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