Camila Cabello represents family and culture with new album

Familias standard album cover

Sebastian Faena

Familia’s standard album cover

Jillian Bragg, Staff Writer

Camila Cabello released her newest album, Familia, on April 8th, based on family and cultural representation while opening up about her mental health.

The album is Latin Pop with artist features on four separate tracks. 

Don’t Go Yet was the first single released from the album that held a big cultural involvement from the production to the music video. The song has more brass and a loud tone to it that brings forth the cultural background of music that inspired the production. 

Track #2, Celia, is her first song to be released with the lyrics being entirely in Spanish. The majority of the other songs in the album feature a mix of lyrics both in English and Spanish. 

The fourth track, Bam Bam, featuring big time artist Ed Sheeran, took 25th on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. Cabello posted to twitter saying she doesn’t focus on the big time charts when it comes to releasing music. 

“Music is so much more than chart numbers, impressing people, how many people you reach – it’s sacred and a spiritual practice,” she said in a twitter post announcing the release of her album. 

In an Apple Interview with Zane Lowe, Cabello admitted and talked about her struggle with anxiety throughout the creation of this album. 

“I just was like, ‘I need to be able to trust and feel safe with the people that I’m making this music with. I need to be able to talk about these things,” she said. “And part of that healing was going in the studio and being like, ‘I’m not going to do it if it’s not fun. It’s not going to be a performance. I can’t take it. Literally, I won’t do it. It has to be something that helps me in feeling better and getting better because I can’t take this as a source of anxiety or stress”.

Cabello had a brief moment where she didn’t even return to the studio as her anxiety had gotten so bad. 

“I was just doing therapy. I was literally not functioning,” she told Zane Lowe in the Apple interview. 

She also paid forth a mention to her starting point in the band, Fifth Harmony, with a lyric discussing her ex-bandmates. 


Everybody says they miss the old me

I been on this ride since I was fifteen

I don’t blame the girls for how it went down, down” 

-Psychofreak ft. Willow at 1:51 


Familia currently holds spot 52 on the Billboard 200 with a couple of songs in the Hot 100. 

The rating for this album from The Buccaneer would be a 7.5 out of 10. The album is well constructed with great cultural references and backgrounds, along with incredible vocals. Each track is very different from the past and the next one, making each song stand out individually.  The album offers a song to fit every and any mood. Just listening to the album gives off all of the hard work Cabello and her team put into this album. 

Familia was released April 8th, onto every streaming platform with 12 tracks dedicated to represent family, culture, and heritage.