Like the pretension of Fifth Harmony’s 2013 entrance single, Camila Cabello is “Miss Movin’ On.” Just bashful of 13 months after her inclement depart from the X-Factor-formed girl group, the 20-year-old yearns “for some genuine friends” on her colourful solo debut, the eponymous Camila (out Friday, Jan 12).
The 10-track manuscript gets off to a bit of a delayed start with the midtempos “Never Be the Same” and “All These Years.” The songs are spacious and dreamlike — and critical pieces of the full nonplus — but unsure choices to open a cocktail album, nonetheless a debut.
It isn’t until the third track, “She Loves Control,” that Cabello truly finds her own. The upbeat strain has a spirit of Latin flair, which the Cuban-born thespian serve builds on on “Havana,” the Young Thug-featured pound singular that has been stuck in everyone’s heads given it first forsaken last summer. “Inside Out” follows fit with a euphoric, thumping kick and pleasant residence undertones, and a few crafty rhymes (“Grew up in south, south Miami / That’s where we was when you found me”).
The party comes to an finish on the disc’s second half, which is essentially done up of gut-wrenching ballads. On the piano-driven “Consequences,” Cabello tries to cope with a breakup, singing about “dirty tissues, trust issues.” On “Something’s Gotta Give,” she kindly sum the final moments of a attribute and decides there’s “no reason to stay.”
Camila ends on a high note, though. “Into It,” the biggest standout aside from “Havana,” is zero brief of a radio-friendly cocktail banger with pointy production. Over an electronic bassline, the moist lyrics find Cabello teasing a adore interest: “I see a king-size bed in the dilemma / We should get into it / All of the things we wanna do to you is infinite.” It’s almost frustrating that this is the final lane since it leaves the listener wanting more. Regardless, we’re really into it.
3.5 stars (out of 4)
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