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.
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.
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.
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.
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.