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The Pains of Growing

Alessia Cara 11/30/2018


The Pains of Growing was released three and a half years after Alessia Cara's first single began a liftoff that led to platinum certifications, multiple Juno awards, and a Grammy. As accolades piled up, Cara experienced a complete between-albums profile maximization cycle, highlighted by featured appearances on songs by Zedd and Logic and a well-synchronized Disney connection with the Lin-Manuel Miranda-written theme for Moana. Cara's second album catches her at a point where she's simultaneously an emergent singer/songwriter and a bankable collaborative pop star. The Pains of Growing embraces the duality for better and worse. Having co-written everything on first album Know-It-All, Cara wrote an even higher percentage of the material here, including a few songs on her own. She also produces one of the finer ones, the primarily acoustic "I Don't Want To," a bittersweet, conflicted ballad. Pop & Oak co-produced over half of the debut and contribute to several of this album's most appealing songs, from the faintly Jade-echoing "Growing Pains" -- in the relatable anthem vein of "Scars to Your Beautiful" -- to "Trust My Lonely," where Cara sails off with some sweetly miniaturized digi-dub. Apart from a romantically content soul throwback with No I.D., through which Cara displays the increased richness in her voice, the album's remainder employs assorted hit-angling producers connected by pop success with young women. The Pains of Growing is consequently more fragmented and less consistent than Know-It-All, but Cara makes the best of it, generally writing in a slightly wiser and sharper manner from the same introverted homebody perspective. Even the "isolated life on the road" number "Wherever I Live," the album's lone post-fame moment, sounds like it was written by the person who made "Four Pink Walls." ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Growing Pains Alessia Cara 3:13
  3. 2 Not Today Alessia Cara 2:34
  4. 3 I Don't Want To Alessia Cara 2:41
  5. 4 7 Days Alessia Cara 3:25
  6. 5 Trust My Lonely Alessia Cara 3:19
  7. 6 Wherever I Live Alessia Cara 3:4
  8. 7 All We Know Alessia Cara 3:20
  9. 8 A Little More Alessia Cara 2:23
  10. 9 Comfortable Alessia Cara 4:15
  11. 10 Nintendo Game Alessia Cara 2:40
  12. 11 Out of Love Alessia Cara 3:44
  13. 12 Girl Next Door Alessia Cara 3:20
  14. 13 My Kind Alessia Cara 3:0
  15. 14 Easier Said Alessia Cara 3:23
  16. 15 Growing Pains (Reprise) Alessia Cara 0:56

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