Review: Camila Cabello shows growth, love in new album, ‘Romance’


Camila Cabello released her second album, “Romance,” on Dec. 6, 2019. The album features 14 songs and is a total of 45 minutes and 50 seconds long. “I really enjoyed this album and I think it is Cabello’s best work yet,” writer Amanda Hare said in the attached album review. “This album has a diverse set of songs ranging from upbeat to sorrowful, perfect for all types of listeners.”

Amanda Hare, Reporter

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Camila Cabello’s new album, “Romance,” is definitely worth the 45 minutes and 50 seconds it takes to listen. After releasing six singles, Cabello released her second album, “Romance,” on Dec. 6, 2019. The album features 14 songs. “Romance” dropped around a year after her debut self-titled album, “Camila.” Epic Records released the album, which was produced by Frank Dukes, Skrillex and T-Minus. Camila Cabello co-wrote the album among many other talented artists. 

I really enjoyed “Romance.” It is Cabello’s best work yet. This album has a diverse set of songs, ranging from upbeat to sorrowful, perfect for all types of listeners. Even though I definitely had my favorites, a few songs may be forgettable in the future, but not yet. 

Camila Cabello’s “Romance” tour is set to start on May 26, 2020, in Oslo, Norway, and ends in Miami, Florida, on Sept. 26, 2020. The tour features 47 shows and two legs.

 The first track, “Shameless,” was Cabello’s first single along with “Liar,” released on Sept. 5. While the song is catchy, something about it doesn’t seem right to me, so it isn’t one of my favorites.

 Next, “Living Proof,” Cabello’s fifth single, released Nov. 15, depicts religious imagery to describe her lover. Similar to “Shameless,” it is a pretty good song, but again, not my favorite.

Track No. 3, “Should’ve Said It,” is a track that I like. The song is about a guy from her past returning and wanting her, but she has moved on. In the song, she sings, “‘you’re only lovely now that you ain’t the one to hold me.” Camila writes about how fake her guy is being, pretending to be nice to her when in reality he isn’t.

 The next track, “My Oh My” features Da Baby as an iTunes bonus track. The track features a rap from rapper Da Baby. I really like this song, and it already is very popular.

Next, there’s “Senorita,” Cabello’s single with her current boyfriend, Shawn Mendes. This track released on June 21 and is Cabello and Mendes’s second collaboration since “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which previously came out in 2015. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, as well as 35 other countries, and won numerous awards. I love this song, it’s very good with the beat and style, however, I am getting tired of it due to its popularity.

The next track, “Liar,” was a single released on Sep. 5, along with “Shameless.” This track is a pop song with Latin influences in it, and I really like it.

Bad Kind of Butterflies” is about Camila telling her boyfriend about another guy. In the song, she sings, “what do I do when I love you but want somebody else.” I really like this song but I think some other songs on the album are better.

The next track, “Easy,” released as a single on Oct. 11. While I did like this deviation from Cabello’s upbeat tracks, I thought the song was a little forgettable.

Feel it Twice” is a song that I like a lot. When I first listened to the song, I wasn’t a fan but the more that I listen to it the more it grows on me. “Feel it Twice” is now one of my favorite songs on the album. Cabello sings about being with someone while someone else likes her, writing, “hurts me to tell you I don’t feel the same.” 

Dream of You” is okay but it’s forgettable in my opinion. While it’s good, there’s nothing about the track that makes it memorable.

The next track, “Cry for Me,” released as a single on Oct. 4. This was my favorite single, and one of my favorite songs on the whole album. Cabello sings about wanting her ex-boyfriend to cry over her, but he doesn’t.

This Love” is my favorite song on the album. “I guess that’s your game and I’m the one that gets played again, and again,” Cabello sings. As the only explicit song on the album, it’s about a guy who keeps betraying her over and over again but she can’t walk away from him.

Used to This” is an upbeat song that I like a lot. This track is about the wonderful feeling of a new relationship writing she could “get used to this.”

Finally, “First Man” is a sweet closing song about her father. Camila writes about her father being the “first man that really loved” her and that although she may have found a new man, Mendes, her father is always her first man to really love her and be there for her. I really like this song and thought it was a perfect closing to the album.

Overall, I loved this album. My only complaint would be the amount of auto-tune that she uses. Although, she is using much less auto-tune compared to her earlier songs. Even with the auto-tune however, I still loved the album.  “Romance” contained a wide range of songs, appealing to different types of listeners. “Feel it Twice,” “This Love” and “Cry for Me” were my favorites on this album, and are probably my favorite songs ever from her. “Romance” shows tremendous growth and maturity from her previous albums and songs, proving to be a great next step in Cabello’s career and something everyone should listen to.