Camila Cabello is at it again, but this time she means business.
Now that she’s truly solidified herself as a solo superstar with “Havana,” the former Fifth Harmony member is finally ready to give us a little more of what we can expect fro her upcoming solo studio debut, which is now officially titled Camila.
“To my Camilizers, My debut album is finally finished. No I’m trying to steady my heartbeat!!,” Camila wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for being so patient with me this year, I can’t wait for you to hear what has been the soundtrack to the past year of my life. All of these songs have special memories behind them, and I’m not gonna lie, it feels emotional letting them go, feels like the end of a chapter. I decided to call it by my name, because this is where this chapter in my life ended. It started with somebody else’s story, it ended with me finding my way back to myself. It’s in your hands January 12.”
In celebration, Camila drops not one, but two new tracks from the upcoming LP: “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends.”
The first song “Never Be The Same,” is a brooding power ballad that organically builds along chilly atmospherics, leading all the way to what is a genuinely big feeling, emotional chorus. “It’s you, babe/ And I’m a sucker for the way that you move, babe/ And I could try to run, but it would be useless/ You’re to blame/ Just one hit, you will know I’ll never be the same,” Camila declares. To no one’s surprise, the song offers up some effortlessly strong melodies — that “you’re in my blood, you’re in my veins, you’re in my head” bridge is a major earworm — resulting in some rather thrilling musical medicine for anyone reminiscing about that special someone.
And then there’s “Real Friends,” 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. “Real Friends” is a real winner.