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Alessia Cara - The Pains Of Growing (2018) Published: November 30/18 Released: November 30/18 albumPop15 Tracks • 45 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
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89%
    SELECTED LINE: On her excellent second album, The Pains of Growing, Cara really comes of age as a major voice of young-adult disenchantment. -Rolling Stone
    The Pains Of Growing is the second studio album by Alessia Cara, released by UMG on November 30, 2018.
    Preview
    1. Growing Pains3:13
    2. Not Today2:36
    3. I Don't Want To2:42
    4. 7 Days3:28
    5. Trust My Lonely3:19
    6. Wherever I Live3:05
    7. All We Know3:23
    8. A Little More2:26
    9. Comfortable4:17
    10. Nintendo Game2:41
    11. Out of Love3:47
    12. Girl Next Door3:22
    13. My Kind3:01
    14. Easier Said3:25
    15. Growing Pains (Reprise)0:59
℗ 2018 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Critic Reviews (18)

The album isn’t a revelation but it has the tinge of a project made with love and devotion, a feeling that had more or less evaporated from Cara’s music.

68% 8 months ago


This album really is an honest and truthful affair which will have you feeling like you know a whole new side to her.

8 months ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

It may not have that instant bite of her initial LP but 'The Pains Of Growing' sees her emerge from her insecure shell of self-doubt with far more maturity and confidence throughout.

70% 8 months ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

Pleasingly, this follow-up gives the now 22-year-old’s voice more power and presence, although it’s still not clear if she needs a USP answer to Rihanna’s Caribbean croak, or Sheeran’s studied guilelessness, to become a superstar.

80% 8 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

This is a well-crafted, endearing follow-up for Cara that truly impresses.

80% 8 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

The Pains of Growing presents the thrills and downsides of being a young adult with perceptive honesty.

8 months ago


You’ll be able to hear about her pain — or “pains” — on her new album, from her own breakup to learning how to be happy alone to — simply put — growing up.

8 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

She can be an excessively earnest presence (“There’s truth in every word I write,” she sings, a clear case of telling not showing), yet the songs are solidly constructed and have enough contemporary touches to keep the sepia at bay, like the lilting electronic rhythms in “Trust My Lonely”.

60% 8 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

While Cara is brave to bare her soul with such rawness– and it feels like a genuine attempt to connect with listeners – she encounters some trouble communicating musically.

8 months ago


On the evidence of this impressive and winningly authentic second album, Cara is increasingly unforgettable.

80% 8 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

While the constant emotional drama sketched out here suggests her innocence is long gone, there is still plenty of maturing left to do.

60% 8 months ago


It’s no masterpiece, but more often than not, it works.

8 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

Cara’s lyricism is sharp and self-aware enough to elevate The Pains of Growing above any strains of monotony.

70% 8 months ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

On her excellent second album, The Pains of Growing, Cara really comes of age as a major voice of young-adult disenchantment.

80% 8 months ago


An album most appealing in its straightforward sincerity.

8 months ago


As a corrective, Cara offers up her own candid gawkiness in tidily constructed pop, and even her near-misses are endearing.

8 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

These are not the chart-hot bangers Cara’s appeared on since her last album, but they are an incredible display of talent.

8 months ago

STACK STACK

The Pains of Growing, while artfully crafted and diverse, is also approachable and familiar.

80% 8 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim
User Reviews (5)

star.boy8 months ago
fat fat.

It’s gonna be great By why I’ve heard so far it sounds even better than her debut album

THE5SOSFAN178 months ago
Amazing! 😁 I already know this whole albums gonna be a bop!

ghostproducer188 months ago
GOAT Well this is about to be legendary. ✨

Candygirl4538 months ago
OMG Her music is amazing ❤️❤️
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