"Mendes' strength is in romance, and more than ever before, this teenager seems like he not only believes the words he is singing, but he's actually lived through the emotions behind them."
"On his latest, Mendes crosses a bridge to the other side; it's groovy R&B funk that doesn't lose the charm of the way his warm vocals sound over the scratchy strum of his guitar."
"Another highlight is the Khalid duet "Youth," a generational rallying cry that seems especially meaningful at a time when kids in the age range of Mendes' fanbase are experiencing school shootings at an alarming rate and leading a national movement against gun violence. On an album of already out-of-character sexy-pop songs, the placement of "Youth," and its subject matter, feels disjointed. But the track itself is strong on its own and a valiant effort from two bright stars taking advantage of their ever-growing platforms."