“Youth” begins sparse and solemn, with Khalid and Mendes trading heartbroken lyrics over an acoustic guitar. But when the song hits its hook, a fresh kick-drum thump transforms the track into a shuffling pop gem as Khalid and Mendes sing together, “You can’t take my youth away/This soul of mine will never break/As long as I wake up today/You can’t take my youth away.”
Mendes and Khalid co-wrote “Youth” with Scott Harris, Geoff Warburton and Teddy Geiger. Mendes produced the track alongside Joel Little.
“Youth” follows Mendes’ two previously released album cuts, “In My Blood” and “Lost in Japan.” The record will also feature a collaboration with Julia Michaels, titled “Like to Be You.” Shawn Mendes marks the pop singer’s third studio album and follows his 2016 effort, Illuminate.