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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Canadian R&B-pop singer-songwriter was co-produced with No I.D., Rick Nowels, Pop & Oak, and Ricky Reed.
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Growing Pains
[Verse 1] Make my way through the motions I try to ignore it But home's looking farther The closer I get Don't know why I can't see the end Is it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 13, 2018
    80
    Her voice, while gorgeous, is not big in range--its beauty lies in its candidness and presence. She sings like she’s personally sharing intimate tales with each listener.
  2. 80
    On the evidence of this impressive and winningly authentic second album, Cara is increasingly unforgettable.
  3. Nov 28, 2018
    80
    She seizes the role of pop auteur, venting with a jaded wit that feels totally fresh.
  4. 80
    I Don’t Want To, Growing Pains, Comfortable and, particularly, 7 Days are all excellent examples of sensible-sweater, big-sister pop.
  5. 70
    An album that makes no apologies about its struggles, but it’s one of many moments that confirms Cara’s journey is as authentic as it is unpredictable.
  6. Dec 14, 2018
    70
    The album's remainder employs assorted hit-angling producers connected by pop success with young women. The Pains of Growing is consequently more fragmented and less consistent than Know-It-All, but Cara makes the best of it, generally writing in a slightly wiser and sharper manner from the same introverted homebody perspective.
  7. Nov 30, 2018
    60
    Growing Pains gets two great chorus melodies, while I Don’t Want To resolves very satisfyingly. But there is some production that sounds suspiciously like focus-grouping, from post-Winehouse soul to xx guitars, and the ersatz digital instrumentation is as featureless as an overly filtered Instagram post.

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  1. Dec 2, 2018
    10
    So great! Nintendo Game, 7 Days, and Comfortable are high level. The lyrics are also really good.
  2. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    I'm so proud of Alessia and the evolution of her lyrics and sounds! Her voice is too much clear and softy. I know this album is a little moreI'm so proud of Alessia and the evolution of her lyrics and sounds! Her voice is too much clear and softy. I know this album is a little more smooth than 'Know-It-All', yet it has great and smart songs like Nintendo Games, 7 Days and Not Today. Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    The Pain of Growing is more R&B/Soul, while her debut album is a Pop album. Alessia knows how to create amazing lyrics and melodies whileThe Pain of Growing is more R&B/Soul, while her debut album is a Pop album. Alessia knows how to create amazing lyrics and melodies while still making a mainstream sound. Great return! Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2018
    9
    A lightweight yet intense album. Alessia shows itself again as a great promise for the future of music with the launch of the excellent album.A lightweight yet intense album. Alessia shows itself again as a great promise for the future of music with the launch of the excellent album. We really thought about and reflected on The pains of growing, after hearing this admirable album Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2018
    8
    "The Pains Of Growing" é um sólido álbum dentro do género R&B e soul. Alessia Cara desabafa e transparece as dificuldades de crescer e de sair"The Pains Of Growing" é um sólido álbum dentro do género R&B e soul. Alessia Cara desabafa e transparece as dificuldades de crescer e de sair da adolescência, através de faixas fortes e encantadoras.
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  6. Dec 3, 2018
    8
    She explores different topics with well thought out lyrics and a very pleasing and soothing sound.
  7. Dec 13, 2018
    6
    Although lyrically the album is very honest and personal. I found the sound very cliché, as well as other albums of Pop/R&B of this decade.

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