At only two occasions during the almost five years I reviewed concerts in DN Culture, I have felt total convinced a new artist's potential. One was the Troye Sivan, australian former youtubefigur with popstjärneambition as 2015 stepped up on the Debasers little scene with the warmest of utstrålningar and already readings tuned aesthetic compass. The other was Shawn Mendes, the same year. He was just sixteen, dressed in a plaid shirt and with his acoustic guitar in his arms. He had hardly any own directory, played covers of Ed Sheeran and had been dismissed as the teen ”Idol”-audition at any time.
But he brought something to the room. Young people were carried out of the guards on the conveyor belts. I have never seen so many lose composure at the mere sight of a performer on a stage. After the concert I wrote that the next time that Shawn Mendes will be coming to Sweden he will fill a larger venue. I thought on the Globe, and now we are here. Mendes for the second time.
at Hornstull, he has managed to fill twenty, topping the Billboard with three albums and become kalsongfabrikanten Calvin Klein's new face (read: torso). Omlanserad as a sex symbol he has on the last album, ”Shawn Mendes”, moved towards a more mellow type of generic radiopop. Justin Timberlake had not been ashamed of lättfunklåtar as ”Lost in Japan” or ”Particular taste”.
the Audience has grown with him. Some are still crammed some children on the benches. But teenagers dominate, some of them have even bought the beer. Before idol gets up from the stage floor playing selected favourites from his home country of Canada in isladans sound system. Arenarockarna Arcade Fire is a particularly apt introduction to the playlist, it should show itself. When Mendes with the band begin to play, the phrase has less in common with, as in the past, Ed Sheeran, more with Coldplay.
the penchant for midtempo suitable actually this popidolen pretty well for such a maxning of the sound. At the piano in ”I know what you did last summer”, he creates a big, almost postrockig vibe. It may sound unlikely in the lot where his thin counterfeit accompanied by acoustic guitar and a band whose interpretation of the funk would fit on your. But here there is a creative integrity that when it gets the games room can carry past the most predictable of arenapretentioner.
Shawn Mendes also makes it eternal tonårsidoltricket better than most. Despite maskulinitetens development in the recent decades, is there really still a special attraction over a young man who sings about emotions. Who recognizes the weakness, the anxiety, the nervousness, saying that he can wait, he wants to be the one who saves someone, in contrast to the reality of ordinary guy who almost always only need to be saved yourself. Shawn Mendes, the key to success is neither in his rather banal music, or in his spectacular appearance. It is available in that he dares to be a pojkman full of promises. It is the restaging of a fantasy and a dream, but non the less charming.