Camilla Cabello wears her heart on her sleeve in ‘Familia’ 


Epic Records | Sony Music Canada press release

David Alvarado

Camilla Cabello debuted her third album, “Familia” with Epic Records on April 8. Cabello’s raspy vocals effortlessly align with her new Latin-pop album as she unveils her vulnerability through every verse.

Unlike her previous albums, “Familia” demonstrates Cabello’s ability to switch up the tempo in her music since the album contains a wide range of Latin acoustics. The uplifting energy in the album is unique for the artist, as she sings about several life situations that consume her emotionally.

Cabello wrote “Familia” between 2020 and 2021. The intimate time Cabello spent with her family amid the pandemic, brought the artist closer to her roots. Ultimately, the album is inspired by Cabello’s Cuban Mexican background, as she heals from her past and looks ahead to the future.

“My heritage and roots are such a big part of who I am, and more and more something that makes me feel really connected and joyful and something I wanna get closer with as I get older,” Cabello said in a Zoom interview with The National News.

The “Havana” singer repeatedly mentions heartache in “Familia,” referring to her split with singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, Cabello’s boyfriend of two years. The artist unapologetically exposes the magic and misery of her experiences with the Canadian singer in “No Doubt”, “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Bam Bam”, which features singer Ed Sheeran.

Cabello ended her relationship with Mendes in November 2021, according to Seventeen Magazine. “We started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends,” the pair announced in an Instagram story.

“You said you hated the ocean, but you’re surfin’ now/I said I’d love you for life, but I just sold our house/We were kids at the start, I guess we’re grown-ups now/Couldn’t ever imagine even having doubts/But not everything works out,” Cabello sings in “Bam Bam.”

“Familia” also uncovers the drama behind Cabello’s professional relationships, such as her previous alliance with Fifth Harmony – the girl group that rocked the nation with hits like “Work From Home” and “Miss Movin’ On.”

In a single rhyme, Cabello finally gives her fans the closure they’ve desperately waited for since her departure from the band in 2016.

“Everybody says they miss the old me/I’ve been on this ride since I was fifteen/I don’t blame the girls for how it went down,” Cabello sings in “psychofreak,” which features singer WILLOW.

Cabello has received countless awards, including a Latin Grammy for best pop song in 2019 and an MTV Video Music Award for best collaboration that same year.

“Familia” has a captivating rhythm that emphasizes Cabello’s ability to perform in Spanish. One can feel her energy as her vocals release emotions from deep in her soul. It is a high vibrational record demonstrating Cabello’s evolution as a musician and songwriter.


Cabello undoubtedly gives her fans variety in her new album as she talks about trauma, richness, sexual intimacy and mental health.

“Sometimes, I don’t trust the way I feel/On my Instagram talkin’ ‘bout “I’m healed,”/Worryin’ if I still got sex appeal/Hopin’ that I don’t drive off this hill,” Cabello sings in “pyschofreak.”

That song was Cabello’s most vulnerable track regarding her love life. In an interview with ELLE México, she said the track contains her  “craziest and deepest thoughts” about being in a relationship with another person.

The passion the artist expresses in “Familia” allows the audience to devour her lyrics in ways they can identify with. She talks about real-world situations without sugar coating the bliss and despair of living a human life.

One truly recognizes what the Latin singer conveys in her newest project through the spine-chilling guitar and mariachi instrumentals. The release of the album may be a pivotal moment in Cabello’s career, since her previous projects fail to illustrate rigorous insight into her life.

“We’re hoping she continues on this venture into more diverse sounds – as those more exciting, genre-fusing tracks are pretty fabulous,” Clash Magazine wrote in their review of the album.

Cabello creatively uses her pain and suffering to produce an innovative album that will leave a mark on those who decide to press play.