by: Emilee Aldridge
Release Date: November 13, 2015
19 year old, Alessia Cara, is ready to bring a new face to the contemporary R&B music scene. Already finding herself hitting the Top-40 charts, Cara has begun to steadily gain a secure fanbase. Tuning into your local pop station can sometimes be a chore when it seems like every song is starting to sound the same. With many pop artists drawing R&B influences, there is more pressure to showcase originality and creativity. Alessia Cara does just that. Her new album Know-It-All offers a fresh and mature, yet youthful, sound.
The album kicks off with the track, Seventeen. This song is detailed as a father’s advice to his young daughter to take the time to appreciate your young years. So many people wish their lives away, wanting to grow up all too quickly. Those who are 15 want to be 16. 16 year old’s want to be 17. 17 year old’s want to be 18, and so on. Cara sings, “I want to free the time at seventeen”, once she realizes how fleeting the teenage years are. This is a song that people of various ages will be able to relate to as they reminiscence on their youth.
The next song on the album is the song that Alessia Cara entered the charts with, Here. This is a song that I definitely played on a loop more days in a row than I would like to admit. Here extends a sexy quality of sound to entice listeners. There is no question of why this song would chart, because it exemplifies girl power and female independence.
Standout tracks on the album include I’m Yours and Wild Things. Both of these tunes showcase Cara’s youthful vibrancy with a poppy dance element within each chorus. On the other hand, the track Stone ft. Sebastian Kole also stands out, in a way that falls a little flat. After listening to the album a few times, Stone seemed just a bit one-dimensional, as I found myself continuing to skip it. It is good to have a change of pace in an album to keep listeners on their toes, however, Stone did not seem to go anywhere that would add to the album.
Know-It-All continues with Overdose, Stars, and wraps up with Scars To Your Beautiful. Scars To Your Beautiful is another standout track on the album because of how uplifting and heartwarming the lyrics are. We are in a time where more and more women are learning the importance of lifting each other up. Scars To Your Beautiful is Alessia Cara’s message to women everywhere that “you are beautiful just the way you are”. It is very normal to struggle with confidence and self-esteem, so it is always refreshing to hear that you do not need to change in order to please the world around you.
Overall, I think that people will find themselves to be very pleased with this album. Alessia Cara is still young, and working hard to make a name for herself. Know-It-All allows listeners to see Cara’s potential, and still makes them crave more. It will not be long before we see this Canadian artist topping the charts and selling out tours. In the meantime, be sure to snag the album here.