Alessia Cara

14 albums, 82 tracks

Born in Jul 11, 1996

R&B

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"Alessia Cara"

Jun 14, 2019

The Pains of Growing, yes and sometimes it hurts a lot

JorgeDiaz
Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio  / 6 mins read
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Nobody like Alessia Cara, to portray that stage through which all human beings spend in which growing causes pain sometimes unbearable. With the aesthetics of her time, the genre that best adapts to her lyrics and a poetic sincerity like few others, the singer dares to say what many are silent. To describe what she herself has gone through and, at the same time, to coincide with all those who are at that moment in her life and all of us who have already gone through it, is simply great. It is an album to listen carefully. Adolescence is the most frequent stage in which this happens, although I believe that even there are several moments in life in which you question your existence and the purpose of being here and now. However, I do believe that this age of transition between childhood and youth represents a challenge for all, overcoming is not easy, finding answers, less. And it hurts, yes, it hurts a lot. Those moments in which we doubt everything, and we realize that it is not how our parents told us or promised it. That moment when your own identity is something you're not sure about. All the problems that you face are a puzzle without a solution, a labyrinth with no way out and You do not find anything or anyone to give an answer for the why? of many things. The dilemmas of love are often unsettling. You do not know where to start, you do not even know where the decision you take will take you or the direction in which you decide to walk. You spend long moments yearning for your recent childhood, you think you were happier and now everything is a problem. You see old family photos or put a video to remember an old birthday, beach vacations, Christmas memories. The eyes betray you and the tears begin to roll down your cheeks. Why did those moments go? You ask yourself. Why do I have to be in these dilemmas now and with these new needs that I do not know how to satisfy? Everyone is busy, nobody has time for you, for your doubts, for your dreams, to receive a hug as before. You have to fend for yourself, without anyone's help or this whole infinitely cruel world will eat you in one bite, you will disappear from everyone's sight and no one will miss you. Nobody prepares you to face life in that way and, at the same time, nobody knew how to face it at the time, so maybe the tips are left over, because there are no answers to your unknowns of life, because your life is unique and unrepeatable, and only you will know what to do to take away the blows that come to you. They say that what does not kill you, strengthens you, and if that is true, then welcome the stage where you will learn new things, even if they are painful because, in the end, growth will turn you into a giant, a wise, a better person.

In these times

What I must admit is that, nonetheless, we all consider that our difficult times are the most difficult, the time that guys go through today is probably the most difficult of all. Modern life makes it impossible for parents to offer quality time to guys at puberty, both parents work and cities make it increasingly difficult to transit from one point to another, so loneliness sometimes hits hard and in others, It's bad company. Video games have been a solution (good or bad, I do not know) so that those moments of solitude are more bearable, and leisure does not become a bad adviser. Likewise, the world of the internet is a two-edged weapon. There is a lot of material that can serve enormously in the education of young people and of all people in general, but there is also the problem of content that is not suitable for consumption by people of certain ages and another that it is truly detrimental to anyone's mental health. The problem is that, if there is no supervision, the danger is latent, and the consequences can be fatal. We have seen cases in which harassment, mockery or being excluded from a social circle, even if virtual, has led to suicides in young people who are not prepared to overcome this type of psychological abuse. When love arrives at that stage, it also causes painful effects. It is incredible but true, something that in other stages of life represents joy and happiness, in more than one occasion it represents pain and many doubts in the stage of growth tackled in the album The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara. I could not, with all the time in the world, describe and synthesize in a better way, what our artist has been able to explain to us about that difficult moment in 15 songs. The videos that accompany some of the themes have given in the objective and strengthen all that Alessia Cara wanted to share.

And in spite of everything, they will continue to grow

But the magic of this stage of life is that despite everything there is music, there is happiness, there are moments that are treasured for a lifetime, it is the exact point where beautiful memories are made that will accompany us forever and they will be reasons to laugh at the things that worried us before, but that, over time, we realize that they were not as serious as they seemed. The same goes for this Canadian singer and songwriter, every time she releases a new album, maturity is noticed in a short time and improves all aspects of her music. Hopefully and never give up his taste for writing lyrics with such depth as those he has given us in The Pains of Growing. I am sure that as long as she continues to overcome the obstacles of her age and her career, she will continue to grow emotionally and artistically to remain the voice of those of her generation.

Jun 07, 2019

A Constant State Of Melancholy

adelemarie
Written by @adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie  / 6 mins read
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After releasing her debut album, Alessia Cara gained a lot of much deserved fame. I have been a fan of hers since her E.P. and wait patiently for her to release new music, and near the end of 2018, she finally released her sophomore album, The Pain of Growing. When creating the album, she wanted to create a cohesive album that told a singular story, and she chose for this story to be about the feelings of melancholy and the need to bask in it at times. Where her first album managed to be a bit more upbeat and pop sounding, this album is a bit slower and more real. This album features a lot of pretty simple song that are mostly just her vocals and instruments that don’t dominate the sound. Overall, it is a really good and solid album and a beautiful collection of thoughts.

Being Lonely Is Good

The album begins with the first single, “Growing Pains.” The song draws inspiration from her younger brother who was in his teen years at the time and would refer to his teenage problems as growing pains. The song follows a slower beat that features a pretty prominent drum beat that features a chorus melody that is pretty reminiscent on her debut album’s sound. “Not Today” is the second track on the album and is about the phase that comes before the healing from the end of a relationship. It is a song that she uses to tell us about the period of sadness that comes after a breakup is normal and that it is okay to throw yourself a pity party because it in the end, it will get better. The song follows a bit of a doo wop- y sound and despite being about a state of melancholy, is a bit of a pop track. The song is followed by a song that was produced solely by Alessia. “I Don’t Want To” is a song that talks about someone that she broke up with and how she feels it was a mistake to end the relationship. It is a rather simplistic track, consisting mainly of Alessia’s vocals and a guitar track. “7 Days” is the next track, and it features a bit more in the instrumental department. It is a song that is about a time in society where everything can be frustrating as everyone is arguing about something and someone is always being ‘cancelled.’ Being raised Catholic, she wrote the song as a conversation with God asking him if the root of the chaos down here is because he is mad at us. Following it is the album’s second single “Trust My Lonely.” The song was written about coming out of your comfort you find in the toxic things in your life. You become dependent on them because you fear what would happen without this thing. The song celebrates life without negativity. It celebrates the ability to be at peace with being lonely rather than being in a bad situation purely for the routine of it. The song follows a more mid-tempo pop beat and is a quite catchy bop.

Home Is Where You Are

The sixth track on the album, “Wherever I Live,” could be seen as a follow up to her previous album’s track “Four Pink Walls.” The song is about the idea of what home is and the fact that home can be anywhere you are, depending on how you perceive things. The song is a slower tempo acoustic guitar ballad that continues the pretty simplistic Alessia sound. It is followed by an equally slow track that includes a more electronic beat. “All We Know” is a fun pop song that follows Alessia talking about just how strange the world is and that we can’t change that fact. Following the slow tempos, we have the next track “A Little More.” This slow acoustic jam is a bit on the folky side and is another song that is completely self-produced. It is about the need for a deeper connection with your partner and is a song that she released on her 22nd birthday. “Comfortable” is a song that is about the fear of getting too comfortable in a relationship and what it would be like to lose the spark between the two of you. It follows a rather slow, jazz-y beat and melody and is so super cute. It is a song that kind of gives of the slightest retro vibes, which I’m a fan of. “Nintendo Game” is a song that brings us a quick tempo piano track that compares a bad relationship to a video game.

In Order To Recover You Have To Mourn First

“Out of Love” is a song that was inspired by her friend’s breakup. Her friend asked her to one day write a song about someone falling out of love with you and that she did. According to her, it was the first song she wrote using someone else’s point of view and one that she felt was the easiest to write. The song is a beautiful slow piano ballad and is followed by a song led by an acoustic guitar. “Girl Next Door” is a song that talks about how she has not let the fame change her. She talks about the fact that she has all of this fame now, but she still manages to be the same Alessia as before. The song is led by an acoustic guitar before a bit more of an instrumental element is introduced. “My Kind” is the next song on the album and is a rather fun pop bop over a mid-tempo beat but is followed by a bit of a heavier hitting track. “Easier Said” is a song that is about recovering. She talks about how sometimes when you are sad, you need to just bask in it in order to get over it.

Alessia Cara Gives Mixed Advice About Finding One’s Way in Love and Life

Artists these days tend to write heavily about themselves and their own experiences, especially as they are affected by the massive changes brought on by the Internet and social media. Those in their late teens and early 20’s often reflect on the isolation, disinterest, and many other negative traits that occur in the online world and influence how they interact within offline (real-life) spaces. With her first album Know-It-All, released in 2015, Alessia Cara, a Canadian pop artist, takes this form to a new level. She also brings the angst of transition from adolescence to early adulthood in her upbeat hit “Seventeen,” and oh of course dropping in occasional encouragements to little girls who are bombarded by these sorts of messages. She admits herself, on her second album The Pains Of Growing (2018) that “Ms. Know-It-All can’t take her own advice”, a play on the first album’s title and a tacit understanding that people’s responses to any life event are likely to be muddled at best. I think few manage to capture the feeling of confusion that occurs when passing through that period of physical and emotional transition as well as Cara does. As an example, her song “Here” is a rambling question about why she has attended a party simply to fit in, when she feels so clearly out of place there and can barely participate in the activities going on around her. Probably more of us than will easily admit it can relate to this sentiment. I for one try to join such social events, but as the music played and the beat’s tempo shifts while Cara almost just speaks words to create that feeling of isolation and a strong desire to escape, I was almost overcome with a need to move on to the next track. Such was the strength of my own reflections on that feeling of a loss of control. She also has a song called “Nintendo Game”, wherein she plays with the listener’s mind by shifting beats, creating the feeling that they are playing with love as if it is a game, and no one will win. But my favorite track on her initial album is “Scars to Your Beautiful,” where in addition to hearing her fuller vocal range, she advises those (particularly women) who are struggling with body image to take pride in both their internal and external beauty, a particularly relevant message in this hyper-connected world.

Written by johnmiller from A Blind Man's Travel / Apr 26, 2019

From a young girl on Know-It-All to a woman on The Pains of Growing, Alessia Cara brings mature soul to bubblegum pop

Canadian import Alessia Cara moves on from her commercially successful yet formulaic Know-It-All and offers a much better album, The Pains of Growing, showing that she is an artist who will surely continue to evolve as she advances within an almost assured career. Where the previous album was typically angsty and geared toward kids trying to ‘figure it all out’, the synth anthems there were bombastic shout out loud tracks that literally everyone was doing at the time, and I was always curious why Cara got singled out as the harbinger of some new special sound. Some chalked it up to her clever lyrical style which resonated with the youth, yet on her latest album, Cara brings nuanced writing and finer arrangements, this time differentiating herself from the current pop pack.

Written by taylor / Feb 01, 2019

Proving That You Can Be Yourself While Being In The Music Industry

After releasing a five-track ep, Alessia Cara releases her full debut album titled Know-It-All. Upon first glance, it may seem like she is talking about the fact that she thinks she knows it all, but in fact it is a sarcastic titled towards herself. The album features a pop meets R&B sound and includes all five songs from her ep. Upon first listening to the album, I knew it was amazing and deep and so much fun. It features songs from years ago with her dreaming of a life she has today, and songs about relationships that come when you least expect it. So basically, it is a pretty well-rounded album.

Written by adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie / May 10, 2019

A Poet Of Pop Rises To Stardom Off Skill, Rather Than Sex, With Her ‘Know-It-All (Deluxe)’

Having only heard certain popular Alessia Cara singles such as the phenomenal hit “Scars To Your Beautiful” and the lesser DIY hit “I’m Yours”, I had not had the pleasure to listen to the album Know-It-All until recently when I decided to check out the deluxe version – which is a win form me, since there is more material to digest, while I seem to detect it is a loss for some commenters on the web, for they have said that the bonus additions are somewhat underwhelming. Alas, I take the experience only as a whole one, and what is abundantly clear is that this is a Pop artists who circumvents the need to be objectified, in favor of being more – shall we say relatable to the average teen going through growing pains at the minimum, or even deep personal crisis at the apex of lyrical and melodic content. I do remember that when Alessia Cara hit the scene she dressed modestly, represented a youthful view of things, and tended to sing about more poetic, psychological happenings, versus the overly escapist or hyper sexual concepts which also flooded the scene from 2015 to now. We definitely need Alessia Cara’s on the scene, and together with veterans like Sia, and newer freshman like today’s popular Billie Eilish. Introverts are especially welcome here, as you will probably relate to Cara’s music more than anyone, whether is is up or downtempo.

Written by taylor / Mar 20, 2019

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Born

    1996-07-11

Active

    2014–present

Label

  • EP Entertainment
  • Def Jam

About

Alessia Caracciolo (Italian: [aˈlɛssja kaˈrattʃolo]; born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara (/əˈlɛsiə ˈkɑːrə/), is a Canadian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. After producing acoustic covers, she signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014 and released her debut single the following year. "Here" reached number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and was a sleeper hit in the United States, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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