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Camila Cabello doesn’t disappoint on self-titled debut album

Camila Cabello doesn’t disappoint on self-titled debut album

Camila Cabello doesn’t disappoint on self-titled debut album
January 27
21:39 2018

Have you ever heard the saying, “every group has a Beyoncé?”

*NSYNC had Justin Timberlake, One Direction had Harry Styles and Fifth Harmony had Camila Cabello until she exited the group back in December 2016. Since she left the group, Cabello has owned the charts with a number of  singles and perfect vocal features.

Camila is her debut solo album, and it’s pretty damn good. She went down the self-titled path for her first album and though that’s an uncommon move for a new artist, it speaks to the type of position she thinks she can hold in the industry.

With a style that is refreshing and fun, Cabello’s songs leave you somewhere between making you want to get up and dance and trying not to call your ex. The album flows very well with nice highs and lows and a strong start with “Never Be the Same,” and all the way to her hit single “Havana.” This song is the album’s golden ticket. It takes the cake. It is the money maker. The music video is even better, and I can’t wait to see it decorated in nominations at the VMA’s later this year.

After “Havana,” there is a nice upbeat Caribbean-samba song calledInside Out” where the songwriting is simple, but what isn’t in pop? It just makes you want to call your friend to tell them about a song you otherwise wouldn’t hear on the radio.

Cabello then chooses to slow it down with “Consequences,” “Real Friends,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “In the Dark,” all of which feel good and natural to the ears.

“Consequences” is easily the standout ballad of the album where Cabello croons about how she loved someone very much, but the consequences of their love was too much to go on with the relationship. This would be the signature “feels” song of the album.

“Real Friends” is probably my third favorite on the album because it is so #relatable. “I’m just lookin’ for some real friends/All they ever do is let me down/Every time I let somebody in/Then I find out what they’re all about.” If this isn’t the truth, then I don’t know what is.

The album finishes on a good upbeat “note” (I had to). “Into it” and “Never Been The Same – Radio Edit” close out the album and are my favorite hidden gems that get overshadowed by “Havana.”

Because the beats on Camila are so spicy and fresh, it’s important to note that her songwriting chops are pretty impressive as well.  That is what will be Cabello’s edge in the over-saturated world of pop music: the influences of her Cuban heritage in her songwriting.

I’ll be checking for tour dates every day ’til it is announced. I encourage people to check it out and listen with an open mind and until then, I’ll see you guys on Fry Street turning up to “Havana.”

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