AOTY 2019

The Pains of Growing

Alessia Cara - The Pains of Growing
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #399 / 736
User Score
Based on 133 ratings
2018 Ratings: #812
November 30, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

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

80
Rolling Stone

All over The Pains of Growing, she’s got a style that’s all her own.

80
NME

It all adds up to another gripping listen from an artist it’s difficult not to root for.

80
The Observer
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.
70
The Line of Best Fit

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

60
The Guardian
While the constant emotional drama sketched out here suggests her innocence is long gone, there is still plenty of maturing left to do
the13thbeach
40
Alessia Cara showed up on our collective radar with the introvert-feeling-awkward-at-a-party anthem “Here” back in 2015, which had the same Isaac Hayes sample as the immortal “Glory Box” by Portishead. As an introvert who detests parties (aside from family gatherings), I was like “same,” but despite this bit of kinship I had with her, I didn’t really pay attention to her. By the time she won Best New Artist at this year’s Grammys, I honestly ... read more
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87
I think she choose the best singles. would like to see 7 days as a single too.
goncalocouto
67
I really enjoyed the style of "The Pains of Growing".

✅ Growing Pains | Trust My Lonely | Comfortable | Girl Next Door | Easier Said
Tsareena
60
The singles are the most interesting tracks on this and the rest of the album is pretty forgettable. The songs are pretty cliched and what you'd expect on someone trying to be introspective about getting older. The production especially drags the album down and makes this a dull listen in general. Still some really good moments
Faves: Trust My Lonely, Growing Pains, Nintendo Games
MikeeYo
45
Most of the songs sounded the same.

favs:
1. I Don't Want To
2. Out of Love
3. Easier Said
4. Not Today

The rest are either okay or forgettable.
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MISC LISTS

#16/Rolling Stone (Pop)

Track List

  1. Growing Pains
  2. Not Today
  3. I Don't Want To
  4. 7 Days
  5. Trust My Lonely
  6. Wherever I Live
  7. All We Know
  8. A Little More
  9. Comfortable
  10. Nintendo Game
  11. Out of Love
  12. Girl Next Door
  13. My Kind
  14. Easier Said
  15. Growing Pains (Reprise)
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Added on: October 26, 2018