Camila Cabello’s third studio album, Family, is his most ambitious effort to date. Cabello embraces his Cuban-Mexican heritage with Latin sounds like salsa and mariachi mixed with modern pop music.
Lyrically, Cabello addresses his recent split with Shawn Mendes on several songs. She also sings straight about her leaving girl group Fifth Harmony. Ten years into his career, Cabello has released an album that shows both professional and personal growth.
In ‘Familia’, Camila Cabello reflects on her Latin roots
Family It opens with Spanish trumpets that take listeners on Cabello’s Latin journey. As he has done before, Cabello is able to capture a heady yet accessible feeling for listeners of all cultures. On Familyexplores the different sounds of Latin music, providing listeners with songs in both Spanish and English.
Mariachi trumpets are built throughout “La Buena Vida,” a nod to Cabello’s Mexican heritage. However, the lyrics are almost entirely in English, seamlessly merging the cultures into a song that Top 40 radio would adopt.
“La Buena Vida” might work on Top 40 radio, but the single “Don’t Go Yet” was made for it. If Cabello and his team were looking for the next “Havana”, they found it. The infectious hook is made for the Latin crossover superstar. The hair is very cheeky, especially in the second verse.
“Hasta Los Dientes”, featuring Maria Becerra, is the most innovative Latin-inspired song. Retro synth chords and a quietly funky bassline drive the music forward, with Cabello and Becerra singing an unhealthy crush.
Radio hits like ‘Quiet’ and ‘Everyone at this party’ evoke Taylor Swift’s pop perfection
Familia moves away from the Latin sound with pure pop songs, “Quiet” and “everyone at this party”.
Audible breaths and a mid-tempo beat give “Quiet” a dreamlike quality. With lyrics that describe a make-out session in the back of a car, “Quiet” creates sexual tension in an innocent way that listeners of all ages will enjoy.
“Todos en esta fiesta” is perhaps the most important title of Family because of Cabello’s raw vulnerability. Like Taylor Swift’s most successful angst ballads, the album’s ending tells a vivid story that many listeners will relate to.
Over acoustic guitar chords, Cabello sings, “But everybody at this party ain’t you / Everybody at this party ain’t you / You’re the only one I wanna meet / But I don’t never.” It’s easy to assume that the lyrics are referring to her recent breakup with Shawn Mendes.
“And I keep having these thoughts/ Did we screw up or not?/ Did we waste two years?/ And did you get the space you needed?/ Did you realize you didn’t didn’t need me?/ Hey, did you realize you don’t need me?” you need?
Album features with Ed Sheeran and WILLOW are random
“Bam Bam”, featuring Ed Sheeran, the first single from Family, feels boring compared to the best tracks on the album. The song celebrates Cabello’s recently single life and coming to terms with her breakup. Sheeran almost gets rid of the mood as he enters the second verse.
WILLOW adds intensity to “psychofreak”, the boldest track on the Family. Cabello shares her insecurities and anxiety as she addresses her split from girl group Fifth Harmony. “Sorry I couldn’t focus on the movie/Everybody say they miss the old me/I’ve been on this ride since I was fifteen/I don’t blame the girls for what’s ‘happened.”
In an interview with Reuters, Cabello shared that she is now on good terms with her former band members: “We supported each other through direct messages and other things,” she continued. , “I’m like, in a really good place with them.” .”
With FamilyCabello came confidently into her musical identity. His vulnerability and maturity, found only through life experience, paid off in a solid album with mass appeal.
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