This time last year, Camila Cabello’s fans were reeling over the then-19-year-old singer’s departure from Fifth Harmony just one month prior. Now, she's in a much different place: Cabello has a No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Havana”), a tour with Bruno Mars in the books, and more than 42 million monthly Spotify listeners on her own. But perhaps most important, one year after all that drama Cabello is releasing her debut solo effort and reinforcing her already declared independence.
Entitled simply Camila, the album itself went on a journey from announcement to release day. The title’s transformation from The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving to just Camila indicates that some serious maturation happened in the creative process; also, the track list consists of just three previously released songs. Despite the feisty “Crying in the Club” serving as Cabello’s official entrance to solo stardom -- and the poignant “I Have Questions” and the sexy “OMG” following that up -- fans won’t find any of those songs on Camila. Whether that move was strategic or more of a fluke, it allows fans to see even more of Cabello’s artistry on the 11-track LP.