The proof is in the singles: Mendes released two singles this week, "In My Blood" on March 21, and "Lost In Japan" on March 23, and they are bops that will make you reminiscent of the Timberlake we used to know. To put it simply: he snapped!
Fans and critics of the singer have been sharing their approval of Mendes' sudden transformation into Timberlake, and I, too, am a fan of the shift. The 19-year-old singer was first pitched to the public as the "new Justin Bieber" mostly due to their common Canadian heritage, but as Mendes hits his stride, it's clear that he is much more Timberlake than Bieber. And that's a good thing because the public needs a break from the Man of the Woods narrative that Timberlake is currently pushing.
"In My Blood" is about Mendes' anxieties and all the ways he tries to cure them and heal himself. It's an upbeat song about not giving up, despite feeling down and emotionally overwhelmed. Instead of singing about getting revenge on ex-lovers ("Cry Me A River"), Mendes is talking about issues that teens face all the time.
Now all we need is the 2018 answer to "My Love."
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