REVIEW: “Camila” is a successful debut album of Camila Cabello’s solo career

Camila Cabello, who outdid herself with her breakout single “Havana” (2017), released her debut album “Camila” on Jan. 12. The album contains a bit of Cuban-Mexican inspiration for her fans.

In 2016, Cabello broke off from the girl group Fifth Harmony and started her solo career, gaining recognition and popularity through hit tracks like “Crying in The Club,” ”I Have Questions,” and the previously mentioned “Havana,” which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2017.

Unlike some of her past tracks or features, Cabello did not go for club bangers in “Camila.” Instead, affectionate songs like “Consequences,” “All These Years” and “Real Friends” focus more on Cabello’s voice and her personal stories.

“I’m just looking for some real friends/ All they ever do is let me down,” Cabello sings in “Real Friends,” which could be a subtle reference of her messy break with Fifth Harmony in 2016. The song feels relatable and real with its message and melodic sound.

Other songs like “Into It,” “Never Be The Same” and “She Loves Control” are more upbeat and give out some Latino vibe. Cabello focuses these songs on love and passion, while still being able to save the authenticity of her message.

“Something must’ve gone wrong in my brain/ Got your chemicals all in my veins/ Feeling all the highs, feeling all the pain,” she sings in “Never Be The Same,” which is the first track in her album. Cabello compares her loved one to a drug, which she is unable to quit, because it changed her so much.

“Inside Out,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “In The Dark” all follow the pattern of having a clear beat and passionate lyrics. The album is a sincere expression of some of the struggles that Cabello went through.

The album “Camila,” originally titled “The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving,” is all about passion, tears and love, mixed with Cuban beats. It is an atmospheric listen with a heavy message which will definitely captivate anyone, not just Cabello’s fans.