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Camila Cabello – ‘Camila’ Review

Camila Cabello – ‘Camila’ Review

Triphati Abhay / October 10, 2017

The ex-Fifth Harmony member absolutely nails it on her debut solo album

When Camila Cabello announced this debut album in May, she named it ‘The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving’. Cabello, who’d quit US girlband Fifth Harmony the previous December, said her solo record would tell “the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again”. But a few months later, a Latin-influenced pop tune she’d cautiously released as a “promotional single” became an unexpected smash: ‘Havana’ eventually spent five weeks at Number One before finally being toppled by Ed Sheeran. Perhaps in response to its success, Cabello’s album now arrives later than originally planned, with a less melodramatic title: ‘Camila’.

Though there’s no obvious “darkness into light” storyline, ‘Camila’ definitely has edgier moments than the romantic ‘Havana’, which was named after the Cuban city where she was born. “You’re good at making me feel small,” she sings on ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, a strikingly direct break-up song. Stripped-down piano ballad ‘Consequences’ feels even more candid: she tells a former partner that “loving you was dumb and dark and cheap,” and says she “lost a little weight because I wasn’t eating”. It’s a long way from her biggest Fifth Harmony hit, ‘Work From Home’, which was basically about bunking off early to get laid.

The ex-Fifth Harmony member absolutely nails it on her debut solo album

When Camila Cabello announced this debut album in May, she named it ‘The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving’. Cabello, who’d quit US girlband Fifth Harmony the previous December, said her solo record would tell “the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again”. But a few months later, a Latin-influenced pop tune she’d cautiously released as a “promotional single” became an unexpected smash: ‘Havana’ eventually spent five weeks at Number One before finally being toppled by Ed Sheeran. Perhaps in response to its success, Cabello’s album now arrives later than originally planned, with a less melodramatic title: ‘Camila’.

Though there’s no obvious “darkness into light” storyline, ‘Camila’ definitely has edgier moments than the romantic ‘Havana’, which was named after the Cuban city where she was born. “You’re good at making me feel small,” she sings on ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, a strikingly direct break-up song. Stripped-down piano ballad ‘Consequences’ feels even more candid: she tells a former partner that “loving you was dumb and dark and cheap,” and says she “lost a little weight because I wasn’t eating”. It’s a long way from her biggest Fifth Harmony hit, ‘Work From Home’, which was basically about bunking off early to get laid.

Tour Dates
Camila Cabello
3 Dates in 3 Cities
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TUE 5 JUN
O2 Academy Glasgow
Glasgow
SOLD OUT
WED 6 JUN
O2 Academy Birmingham
Birmingham
SOLD OUT
TUE 12 JUN
O2 Academy Brixton
London

 

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