Release Date: Jan 12, 2018
Record label: Epic
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Pop Idol, Teen Pop
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”.
The debut solo album by singer Camila Cabello, the eponymously titled Camila, is a warmly produced set of romantic pop, punctuated by several rhythmically infectious Latin-influenced tracks informed by her Cuban heritage. Notably, Camila comes roughly two years after Cabello's much publicized departure from the all-female pop ensemble Fifth Harmony. While her exit begged some concerns (was she a self-centered diva? Or just a singer with an abundance of personality and creative drive?), the release of several pre-album singles, most notably the deliciously steamy, piano-driven "Havana" (featuring rapper Young Thug), largely turned audiences in her favor.
Only 20, Camila Cabello is already a seasoned veteran of the pop-star wars. Born in Havana, raised in Miami, she blew up with the girl group Fifth Harmony, who formed on The X Factor before scoring superb hits like "Reflection" and "Work From Home. " Although Cabello was the most high-profile member of Fifth Harmony, this group wasn't built to last, and Cabello broke away in one of the messiest, most shade-intensive pop splits of recent years.
When an enterprising member of a pop group dares to dream about solo success, they have to reintroduce themselves to the world. If they have the vision, chops, and nerve to survive beyond their hit-making machine, they can blaze a new trail for themselves on their own terms; if they come up short, they.
The pop group entry turned towards solo career is something we are all too familiar with by now. A commercially safe trajectory, further backed by the recent success of Harry Styles and subsequent members of One Direction. From The Beatles to N'SYNC to The Jacksons to Girls Aloud this narrative is firmly embedded within our musical culture and is almost inevitable.