Camila

Camila

by Camila Cabello

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Overview

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. Purportedly, the reaction was so favorable it cause Cabellod (who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami) and her producers (Frank Dukes, Jarami, Skrillex, and others) to delay the album's release, adding songs that better reflected the Latin vibe of "Havana." Whatever the case, it worked, and there are several other Latin-inflected songs here, including the sultry, electronica-tinged, dancehall-ready "She Loves Control," and the buoyantly percussive, steel drum-flavored "Inside Out," in which Cabello sings briefly in Spanish. Along with the aforementioned "Havana," these are easily the most potent songs on the album, and showcase Cabello's effusively resonant voice and playful charisma. Elsewhere, cuts like the R&B-tinged anthem "All These Years" and the yearning, singer/songwriter-esque "Consequences" are emotionally resonant, lyrical songs that stick with you. There are also some nice, upbeat pop moments like the euphoric opener "Never Be the Same," with its falsetto pre-chorus and deftly placed Afro-Cuban drum sample. Similarly engaging is the steamy late-album banger "Into It," in which Cabello wryly coos to her would-be paramour, "Add up the things I wanna do to you, it's infinite/I mean...if you're into it." With tracks as contagious as "Into It" and "Havana," it's hard to imagine even the most resolute Fifth Harmony devotee not getting into it. Ultimately, Camila is a refreshing debut that makes good on Cabello's flight to pop freedom with songs that feel like they were borne out her own life experience and artistic point of view.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2018
Label: Epic
UPC: 0889854722227
catalogNumber: 547222
Rank: 6956

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Camila Cabello   Primary Artist
Pharrell Williams   Background Vocals
Serafin Aguilar   Trumpet
Josh Kerr   Piano
Starrah   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kuk Harrell   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Kyle Mann   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Louis Bell   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Simon Wilcox   Composer
Bart Schoudel   Producer,Engineer
Amy Wadge   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Justin Tranter   Composer
Sarah Hudson   Composer
Matt Beckley   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Sonny Moore   Composer
Mustafa Ahmed   Composer
William Walsh   Composer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Ilsey Juber   Composer
Jeff Gitelman   Composer
Frank Dukes   Producer,Executive Producer
Futuristics   Producer
T-Minus   Producer
Skrillex   Producer
Jacob Olofsson   Composer
Alex Schwartz   Composer
Tyler Williams   Composer
Noonie Bao   Composer
Ali Tamposi   Composer
Joe Khajadourian   Composer
James Abrahart   Composer
Adam Feeney   Composer
Brian Lee   Composer
Mike Gaydusek   Engineer
Nicolle Galyon   Composer
Andrew Watt   Composer
Madison Love   Composer
Emily Weisband   Composer
Camila Cabello   Composer
Rami Dawod   Composer
Kaan Gunesberk   Composer
Sasha Yatchenko   Composer
Brittany Hazzard   Composer
Te Whiti Warbrick   Composer
Jesse St. John   Composer
Jarami   Producer
Jeffery Williams   Composer
Simone Torres   Engineer
Sickdrumz   Producer
Amber Park   Art Direction
Louis Bell   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Producer

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