When Camila Cabello announced her departure from Fifth Harmony back in December, only the completely tone deaf were surprised. If you look at any of their videos, including their musical appearance on Sesame Street, she was always trying really hard to get attention. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stand out, of course, but the way that she did it just felt so childish and annoying. She wasn’t noteworthy because she was fierce, she was noteworthy because she seemed desperate.
Now that she’s out on her own, we all knew that this day would come. Overnight, her debut solo single, “Crying in the Club” was released (listen here). She also shared a clip that included footage from the videos for “Crying in the Club” and another song from her upcoming album, “I Have Questions.”
So let’s be honest for a second. Her enunciation is terrible. Yes, artists try to set themselves apart in this way but Cabello often sounds like she’s whining and it just feels immature. She could tighten that up a bit without losing the sound she’s going for.
That being said, the song is catchy but there’s nothing groundbreaking about it. Her fans will probably help it perform well but her career isn’t going to last very long if she builds her foundation on tracks like “Crying in the Club.” Plus, for some strange reason, it reminds me of Christina Aguilera’s debut single, “Genie in the Bottle” but not in a very good way…
Still, the pop song is miles better than the ballad “I Have Questions.” Will people going through a breakup flock to this depressing track and video? Yes. Is it lyrically or musically unique or even very good? No. Not even slightly. I don’t know what I was expecting but let’s hope that whoever is handling Camila Cabello helps her mature into a stronger artist before her fanbase loses interest.