In case you’ve somehow not yet heard (how’s that cave you’re living in?), Camila Cabello has at long last unleashed her long-awaited and much-hyped debut album, Camila, this week.
There’s been a ton of mixed chatter and hype surrounding the current #1 iTunes selling record, but with smash single “Havana (feat. Young Thung)” and songs like the recently released “Real Friends” and current single “Never Be The Same,” it’s surely a solid and cohesive listen from start to finish – I’ll give her that! The former Fifth Harmony pop princess peels back her layers and dives deep into her psyche and triumphs through her pain and vulnerability on her polished and revealing first go-around as a solo artist – and yet, there’s an underlying sense that this is only a small and safe sampling of what Camila has to offer.
The 10-track collection deserves a proper listen or two to fully appreciate, but for those in search of some instant tracks to indulge, look no further than these five instant faves from Camila the album. And then listen to all of it and be your own judge, ahhhkay. These are my personal picks.
“She Loves Control“: As the first real pop smasher on the album, “She Loves Control” is a triumphant display of Camila‘s undeniably infectious pop sensibilities with a killer Skrillex-assisted production that thoroughly sets the tone for what’s to follow. “She loves control, she wants it her way/ And there’s no way she’ll ever stay unless you give it up (give it up)/ She loves control, she wants it her way/ And all it takes is just one taste, you wanna give it up (give it up),” Camila declares. It’s a summer bop come early!
“Inside Out“: This T-Minus & Frank Dukes-crafted gem isn’t just one of the album’s most immediate offerings, but also one of the most obvious contenders for single #3. Like “Havana” before it, “Inside Out” sees Camila embracing her Latin roots across a sunny island-lite production equipped with a bouncy and danceable melody and suitably playful lyrics to boot.
“Real Friends“: This one first appeared at the end of last year and I’ve been truly hooked ever since. Thankfully, it holds up in context to the rest of the album. It’s a slightly more raw affair as far as production is concerned. “I’m just lookin’ for some real friends/ All they ever do is let me down/ Every time I let somebody in/ Then I find out what they’re all about/ I’m just lookin’ for some real friends,” she croons across a minimalist guitar-driven production. It’s honestly sublime. Camila has already established herself as a true pop princess contender, so it’s quite nice to hear what she can do when the production is toned down, letting her voice do all the talking.
“Something’s Gotta Give“: My one critique of the album is that it’s a bit too ballad heavy, but I will give her credit where credit is due: “Something’s Gotta Give” is truly a heartfelt and haunting, piano-driven number that perfectly showcases Camila‘s genuinely impressive vocal control. “Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta break/ But all I do is give, and all you do is take/ Something’s gotta change, but I know that it won’t/ No reason to stay is a good reason to go..” Wanna get with Camila? You better know her worth!
“Into It“: Camila comes to a very satisfying conclusion in the form of “Into It,” produced once again by Frank Dukes. It’s here in the album’s final moments that she truly displays her pop diva potential, lacing her helium-like vocals across winsome, electro-pop beats. It’s a fun ride the moment you press play and I’m very “Into It.” An insatiable kiss-on from the depths of gay heaven!
Okay, now go listen to the whole thing. Or don’t… your body, your choice. Time’s Up!
Camila Cabello’s debut album Camila is also available on Apple Music now!