Some things in life can be truly addictive; I’m not just talking about the bad stuff. The sound of a good track or album that causes you to hit repeat over and over again can be intoxicating. Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All is one such intoxicating album. Sure it’s poppy and has that hook which I’m sure it’s suppose to do, but it doesn’t change the fact there is a rhythm to it that won’t quit. “Wild Things” is a the debut album of 18 year old singer/song writer, Alessia Cara.
The debut single off this album is “Here”, which proved upon release that maybe there are a few more of us out there that relate to the anti-party lyric and theme. This track is a soulful expression of wanting to be anywhere but ‘here’.
Up-tempo “Wild Things” is another single off the album and apologises for nothing with its defiant lyrics that role off Cara’s tongue and into her catchy melody.
It’s hard to pick a favourite or stand out track from this album but I have. For me it has to be “River of Tears”. I’m always drawn to the somber songs and this is no exception. Its sad lyrics and soulful melody traveling through each lamenting verse and chorus draw you closer with each bar until the pain is palpable. Cara has a great voice that floats at times and then sits well in chest and the brood of the verse perfectly. A self confessed hater of poetry at an early age, Cara has an uncanny knack with her lyrics – they are poetic and heartbreaking in this track, just listen as she sings through “lost in the tide/I can’t keep my pillow dry” and “can’t let memories become the death of me”.
“Scars to your Beautiful” and “My Song” hit the mark with Cara’s lyrics shining again. The melodic line of each song is the perfect glue.
A YouTube star before she hit her teens, at 18 Cara is a talent that is only just finding her voice and with this we should expect some great music still to come.