“Camila” shows artist’s growth in music

Camila Cabello, former member of pop group Fifth Harmony, released her anticipated debut solo album “Camila” Jan. 12.

The 11-track album follows the normal pop rituals with fast beats and upbeat vocals. However, it surprised me with the confessionals Cabello displays throughout the tracks.

The best way to describe this album is the former title Cabello had for it, “The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving.”

The most popular songs on the album are the two singles released before the full release.

“Havana,” featuring rapper Young Thug, is currently sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Latino roots are portrayed in several of Cabello’s production methods, and “Havana” is no exception.

The other single, “Never Be the Same,” debuted in the Top 100 at No. 71 and starts the album as the first track. It serves as a practical song that does justice to what is to come on the album.

Cabello released a number of singles after her split from Fifth Harmony, but all of them sounded exactly like the work she did with her past group. Barely any of the earlier singles made the cut for the album.

With radio pop proving to be the driving force behind her music, I was happy to see the album be a new addition to Cabello’s talent.

The stretch of songs from “She Loves Control” to “Inside Out” is the normal pop music people would expect from Cabello, but the rest of the album proves to be an evolution of her music.

“Consequences” is my favorite song out of the 11. The most practical and relatable song changes the mood of the storytelling of the album to confessional music.

The song following the switch, titled “Real Friends,” feels like a shot toward her split with Fifth Harmony, but also parallels other people in her life. Cabello has the credit of writing this particular song by herself.

In the last three songs, which includes a radio edit of “Never Be the Same,” the album switches back to radio pop to finish her debut on a more positive note.

I am not a fan of radio pop music, but the serious, confessional music in the middle of the album is special. It is not necessarily a new sound for Cabello, but the change-up proves she is evolving to find her own sound.

The only problems I have are the album needs more of the deeper music to grab my attention. The audience listening to “Camila” should be interested in the new side of Cabello, and that would be a great time for her to move away from radio pop.

Also, the placement of some of the songs should be moved to stay away from inconsistent flow.

I give Camila Cabello’s debut album four stars, with the aforementioned two very small problems not taking away from the strong tracks on the album.