Song of the Day #4,022: ‘Find U Again’ – Mark Ronson feat. Camila Cabello

I’m back from my family’s trip to Italy, battling jet lag and trying to get a couple of posts in the can on deadline.

One day on our trip, we rented a car for a day in Tuscany and drove around through some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery from small town to small town. My family all agrees that day was the highlight of our trip (I asked everybody for a top five). Today’s SOTD played during the drive.

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Song of the Day #3,665: ‘In the Dark’ – Camila Cabello

The best pop album I’ve heard in 2018 actually came out in 2017. That’s Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut, which is so packed with bangers and bops that it could be a greatest hits collection. That woman is a talent.

The second best 2017 pop album I’ve heard is another debut, Camila by former Fifth Dimension member Camila Cabello. Best known for #1 hit ‘Havana,’ this is a sultry, introspective album about as far from Cabello’s girl band roots as she could get.

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Song of the Day #3,616: ‘Never Be the Same’ – Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello has the distinction of recording Camila, the first album I ever downloaded after signing up for the Amazon Music streaming service.

She also sits at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Never Be the Same,’ the lead-off track from that album.

I’m sure she’s more proud of the former accomplishment.

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Song of the Day #3,561: ‘Real Friends’ – Camila Cabello

The streaming life allows me to download albums I’m curious about but probably wouldn’t have bought. Camila Cabello’s solo debut is a great example.

The former Fifth Harmony member scored a breakout hit with lead single ‘Havana’ but all of Camila is worth a listen. It’s a far more subdued record than you might guess given her pop pedigree, featuring minimal instrumentation and mostly mid-tempo tracks.

It also boasts the best album cover in years.

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Song of the Day #3,448: ‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

Singer Camila Cabello unexpectedly left girl group Fifth Harmony one year ago (the band’s official press release noted that they had been informed “via her representatives”) to embark on a solo career. Good move on her part, it seems, as her first single sits at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

‘Havana’ is a sultry fusion of Latin influences and American pop and hip-hop. Cabelo, who was born in Cuba and spent her childhood moving between her home country and Mexico before relocating to Miami, manages to pay effective tribute to her culture while delivering a massive radio hit.

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