Camila: album review


Mariana Cardoso, Reporter

Former Fifth Harmony member’s debut solo album is highly successful. No doubt, after first single “Havana” it’s so good. Usually when a key member of a pop group chooses to pursue a solo career, they need to reinvent themselves and introduce themselves as their own person and music to the public.

     Camila Cabello’s sultry “Havana” is a keystone for her success. After the bitter split with her bandmates in Fifth Harmony, she wrote the smash that celebrated her Cuban heritage and help define a year in which Latin music flourished. Her first single “Havana” actually began its run as a summer promotional single, one lacking support from label executives and radios. It was then tossed to streaming services after, “Crying in the Club,” fizzed out in the Top 50, due to not meeting expectations. It lacked history, personality and charisma.

     Camila has never been difficult to pick out within Fifth Harmony. She has a flair for the drama, which is her greatest strength. She’s an overeager character and intensifies her emotions while singing which makes up for the volume and density her voice lacks.

     Camila shines brightly as her debut album as a solo artist. It contains 11 songs and it is roughly 37 minutes long. ”Real Friends” and  “All These Years” are both acoustic and gentle. She sings with delicacy about  a lost love and being lonely. “She Loves Control” is an about a star who soured on a girl group because she wasn’t able to explore her individuality. Cabello also is shown navigating a reggaeton rhythm. She goes between English and Spanish in the track,  “Inside Out.”  In these songs, Camila argues that Cabello is as a unique force, one to churn out pop hubrids and perfectly suit a pop climate and a changing country.

     The album only falters because it loses its sight of this compelling identity. Throughout her newest single “Never Be the Same” she growls and hiccups. She also has room to expand her range. None of the songs on the album are failures, after being in a girl group for half a decade. Cabello is the kind of artist with presence and charm to carry pop forward into a new decade.