Camila Cabello makes a striking debut on her emotionally led debut album, Camila

By Jack Kubinec

Since leaving the world renowned girl group Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello has turned pop superstar. She’s topped the charts and performed at some of the worlds biggest venues, all before the release of her debut solo album Camila. With her #1 hit Havana and #1 album Camila, it helped her become the third female to ever reach both number one on the single charts and album charts simultaneously since Beyoncé in 2003 and Britney Spears in 1999.  Originally titled The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving, Camila describes her struggle from pain to joy. Although the only pain notable to her audience is leaving one of the worlds biggest girl groups and the drama that followed, there is much more she opens up about that was behind closed doors..

The album starts with the opening track Never Be The Same. The electronic, organ derived song gives Camila the platform to open her album, describing her love with someone so strong it would change her forever. She sings “Suddenly I’m a fiend, and you’re all I need” as she compares her love to the use of drugs, making her feel many different disoriented emotions. More intimacy is heard on guitar lead songs All These Years and Real Friends. She sings about relationships, both clearly ending in a way she wouldn’t of hoped. Whether it’s about seeing someone and knowing you still love them when the feeling isn’t mutual, or wanting a relationship that is mutual and real rather than something fake. Stepping away from guitar, Camila portrays painful emotions on the piano ballad Consequences. Singing “Loving you was dumb, dark and cheap, Loving you will still takes shots at me, Loving you was sunshine, but then it poured”, moving on from the previously positive bridge. The other piano ballad Something’s Gotta Give allows Camila to open up on how she feels and that she must move on from what she’s currently doing. She knows it isn’t right as she sings “Something’s gotta change, but I know that it won’t, No reason to stay, is a good reason to go”. Many listeners believe this track is pertaining to Fifth Harmony, as she has previously stated numerous times what she was doing in the group was not what she wanted to do. Cabello wanted to create and perform music she wrote and felt in her core, not to be handed a beat and lyrics and just sing.

To the more loving side of the album, Havana, the major debut for Camila has officially topped the charts. It features instruments and vibes derived straight from her roots and home country, Cuba. Need I say more? What I see as part two to Havana, Inside Out has the similar beachy, summer vibe as Havana. The piano riffs and steel drums suit the tropically playful mood. Camila was sure to lead the album with latin influence, especially heard on She Loves Control, with the acoustic guitar, snaps, and horns. She sings dramatically, about how one won’t be able to tame the storm, or handle themselves after seeing her. To close the album, Camila includes In The Dark and Into It. Both beautifully sculpted songs, include the most intimate (on the love side) lyrics on the album. On In The Dark it’s clear Camila has had past experiences with bad relationships that hadn’t worked out, and wants to get to know someone when they’re most vulnerable first. Into It includes sensual lyrics such as “I see a king-sized bed in the corner, we should get into it” as she opens up to the R&B based instrumental.

It’s sure to say Camila Cabello has been through much pain but also a little love in the past few years, shaping her experience into a beautifully crafted album. She delivered these emotions through a variety of tracks, sure to suit anyone on her debut album, Camila.

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