Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber sing about life in the spotlight on ‘Monster’
The world’s favourite Canadian pop stars united! Shawn Mendes recorded a duet with Justin Bieber for his new album Wonder, out on the 4th of December. The collaboration, titled ‘Monster’, is the follow up to the wonderful lead single ‘Wonder’, which was released in the first week of October. For Bieber it is another new single after collaborations with Ariana Grande and Chance the Rapper and the highly personal single ‘Lonely’ he dropped last month. Is this the dream collaboration we expected it to be?
‘Monster’ was written by Mendes, Bieber, Ashton Simmonds, Adam King Feeney and Mustafa Ahmed and produced by Frank Dukes, Matthew Tavares and Kaan Gunesberk. The track is a contemporary sounding mid tempo tune with the main focus on the vocals and lyrics. Mendes opens the track, while Bieber jumps on the second verse. Both sing about the dark side that comes with their lives in the spotlights. In the verses they talk about how people build them up only to tear them down and the pressure of being put on a pedestal. In the chorus they ask if making mistakes in the public eye does make them monsters in the eyes of others.
Their vocals complement each other perfectly and the chorus is well written and radio friendly. If you ask me, ‘Monster’ is not up their with either of their best or most memorable work. Still, they found common ground on a tune with hit potential that will definitely please both their huge fan bases.