Album Review: Camila Cabello's 'Camila'

Camila Cabello's debut album is shattering records, here's what The Courier Music editor Toby Bryant makes of it...

Toby Bryant
18th January 2018

It’s hard to find a bigger name than Camila Cabello in the music industry right now. The Havana-singer is currently Spotify’s second most popular artist on the planet, only behind Ed Sheeran, and has already shattered records with her debut album, Camila.

As a debut album goes, Cabello’s record is a remarkably flawless attempt. However, it’s not quite what listeners would have been expecting.

The former Fifth Harmony star’s tropical debut solo single, ‘Crying in the Club’ and Charli-XCX penned fan-favourite ‘OMG’, tracks that have pulled in over 300 million streams on Spotify alone, are nowhere to be seen. Camila which proves to be much more of a touching affair.

Platinum pop perfection of ‘Havana’ aside, it is largely lingering pianos and simple acoustic chords that ooze emotion in Camila. ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, a painful realisation that “no reason to stay, is a good reason to go”, is an early standout whilst the falsetto of ‘Never Be the Same’ continues its rampage up the charts since its release in December. The switch of album title from The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. to Camila as a result of the songstress “finding my way back to myself” makes sense in terms of cementing Camila’s name in pop music, but there is no denying that the original title is the appropriate one for the record.

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Gears are switched up for the Latin beats of Skrillex-produced ‘She Loves Contol’, as well as the flirty ‘Into It’. ‘Inside Out’ is a track that will largely fly under the radar for now but screams out as a future single with its gorgeous simplicity.

What is particularly notable from Camila is the lack of features. Young Thug is the only artist to take a verse, and you’ll struggle to recall his part on ‘Havana’ despite its gobsmacking success. It’s a bold statement from Cabello who left girl-group Fifth Harmony only 13 months ago and has had the majority of success to this point in her solo career through collaborations such as ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, ‘Bad Things’ and ‘Know No Better’.

It may not be the party-filled fun that you were expecting from Camila Cabello but there is little to fault with Camila. The album has already broken records to make Cabello the first ever artist to hold over 100 iTunes #1s with a debut record and that seems to be just the start…

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