Album of the Week: Shawn Mendes

April 13, 2015 9:57 PM

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Shawn Mendes keeps it simple on his debut album. The 16-year-old Canadian singer and Vine star isn't one of those cute faces whose still-maturing voice gets hidden with a honey-coating of studio sweetener.

Instead, Handwritten (**1/2 out of four) has the simplicity and vulnerability of a carefully folded love note passed surreptitiously in class, and Mendes' voice practically cracks with emotion and yearning.

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