SINGLE REVIEW: Camila Cabello – Shameless/Liar

After the massive global impact of her record breaking hit ‘Havana’ and her impressive accompanying debut album, Camila Cabello is back with two new singles to welcome you into this new era of her career.

Her sophomore studio album ‘Romance’ is slated for release later this year and she promises the collection to be a very intimate and vulnerable look into love, loss and where she’s at mentally. The two songs both have very distinctly different sounds but lyrically come from a similar place. Denying feelings she had towards someone for a while, her emotions finally surface and she confronts them in these two pop moments. 

At it’s core, ’Shameless’ is inspired by experimental pop. Embracing the thought of desire she explores her fleeting thoughts that she’s scare dead intrigued by. “So many mornings I woke up confused. In my dreams, I do anything I want to you. My emotions are naked, they’re taking me out of my mind”. 

With this cool concept she layers the story with an experimental pop production that is gritty, dark and pulsating. With the vocal synthesisers helping the pop chorus breakdown to create such a big impact, this is a song that is different and captivating for her. It also has a really mature seductive feel to it which is a step in the right direction for her. 

‘Liar’ has been the song that has been focused more towards radio and it’s a little predictable. Playing on the Latin influences behind her music that catapulted ‘Havana’ to the top of the charts, this song just sounds predictable. The melody sounds recycled and the whole time I was just hoping and wishing for something different. The only good thing to come out of this track was the honest and relatable lyrics that perfectly capture the thoughts behind this situation. “I don’t believe myself when I say that I don’t need you. I don’t believe myself when I say it, so don’t believe me”. 

These songs are catchy and are uniquely her but at the moment Normani is really dominating the game with her debut single ‘Motivation’ which has really set the bar for the other ex Fifth Harmony girls. But when comparing Cabello’s two new singles, ‘Shameless’ has the most potential to do something different for her.