Breaking off from any musical group has proven to be a very difficult task for any upcoming artist to swallow, but when successful, major things can come of it (Ask Justin Timberlake or Beyonce). While Camila Cabello may not have a household name at this very moment, I think her work ethic, appeal, and phenomenal voice can eventually drive her to super stardom. But like any new artist, you have to prove that you can be successful on your own, which is why this debut album from her is vital for her career moving forward.
5. INSIDE OUT
“Inside Out” is culturally aware, as it has Camila getting nice & groovy over this Island-inspired instrumental.
I truly believe these are the type of tracks that separates Camila from the other pop artists, as she is able to give off this youthful energy from start to finish. You can never go wrong with a feel-good track like this, which means more than likely it will end up on your top 5 list.
4. ALL THESE YEARS
“All These Years” sounds pretty gentle musically, but the subject-matter at hand is a complicated one. On it, Camila lets us know that there is this individual that she secretly fell in love with, and tries to live with the fact that she may never be able to have a relationship with that person because of certain circumstances. One of the main reasons I like this song is that Camila shows this level of openness that lets the world know that even a pop star can have her heart broken by someone.
I’ve always thought that Camilla was a pretty good singer, but I didn’t realize she was this good! On ‘Consequences,’ she hits notes higher than Dwight Howard, translating her emotions into absolutely beautiful music. It’s certainly a track that people will soak in, especially considering the vulnerable lyrics she drops on it.
“Havana” is the first single off of this album, and on it, Cabello truly captivates by mixing this pop sound with this naughty international one. She sounds very Nelly Furtado-ish, as she has fun practically fondling the beat.
When I first heard the style of the song, I knew Thugger would fit in for sure. On his part, he drops a nice little melodic verse in which he tries to play the ghetto prince charming.
I would love to hear this at Alero on U st. this weekend.
1. REAL FRIENDS
I love me some ‘Real Friends’! it’s gentle, it’s organic, and the epitome of alternative music. It mimics Bieber’s hit ‘Love Yourself,’ which is another song that I absolutely love! Aside from that, the track has a really good melody, and has major doses of her personality attached to it.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. NEVER BE THE SAME (5/5)
2. ALL THESE YEARS (4.8/5)
3. SHE LOVES CONTROL (4.7/5)
4. HAVANA (5/5)
5. INSIDE OUT (5/5)
6. CONSEQUENCES (5/5)
7. REAL FRIENDS (5/5)
8. SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (4.7/5)
9. IN THE DARK (4.5/5)
10. INTO IT (4/5)
Camila Cabello is a star, and it is so obvious, to me! She knows how to take full command of whatever song she is on — something that takes time in the music industry to conquer; Camila is only 20, and she’s conquered it already! This album allows listeners to view love (Young love at that) through the lens of someone who knows how to piece her words together really well. Everything about it sounds organic/real, which is why I think people will leech on to it.
What about musically, right? Musically, this album is outstanding! Camila knows her lane, but at the same time isn’t afraid to step outside of it just a tad bit. She shows off some pretty damn good vocals throughout, never stumbling nor fumbling on a single note. It’s truly impressive, and reminds me a lot of the vocal performances that Ariana Grande has put up in the past.
I’ma fan of Camila, and look forward to hearing what she has coming in the near future. In the mean time, please enjoy this album, because I have this strong feeling that it will be overlooked.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.