This week we continue our newly released album review with
Camila Cabello – Camila Review: Jamie Read.

The departure of an artist from any group is always interesting.

Robbie Williams broke away from Take That, Zayn Malik walked out on One Direction and in 2016 Fifth Harmony said goodbye to Camila Cabello.

It’s a brave first step. An artist takes a chance often so that creatively they can make their own decisions and decide their career direction.

Fifth Harmony had seen great debut success, yet Cabello decided she would do her own ‘Work from Home’. 

Last year, Crying in the Club was her first solo single release – coming after a track with the already established artist Shawn Mendes.

This was followed by Havana.

It’s one of those songs that’s been played  religiously by DJs since its release. It’s a flavour of a month for most and a song I find myself liking one minute, but then not the next.

Despite my love-hate view with the song, it’s really thrust Camila Cabello into the limelight before her album release – Camila.

This debut album for the Cuban-American is such a big first release. Was her decision to part ways with the five-piece girlband the right move?

The album opens impressively with Never be the Same. Cabello’s voice differs from verse, to pre-chorus and onto the chorus and shows off a good range.

Inside Out, a song of loving devotion, sounds like something that would have been a big Fifth Harmony release. However, as a solo, it’s better and her statement has more meaning.

Open about a lonely life in LA, Cabello creates a fantastic track in Real Friends.

This debut album concludes with Into It. Cabello sounds seductive and sultry as she sings about craving intimacy. The music is fantastic at reinforcing this suggestive nature.

Camila Cabello has made a bold debut album. With work like this, there’s no question that she’s going to do very well on her own.

Overall star rating: 4/5

Songs to play on repeat: Never Be the Same, She Loves Control,
Inside Out, Real Friends