The Pains of Growing

The Pains of Growing

by Alessia CaraAlessia Cara


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The Pains of Growing was released three-and-a-half years after Alessia Cara's first single began a liftoff that led to platinum certifications, multiple Juno awards, and a Grammy. As accolades piled up, Cara experienced a complete between-albums profile maximization cycle, highlighted by featured appearances on songs by Zedd and Logic and a well-synchronized Disney connection with the Lin-Manuel Miranda-written theme for Moana. Cara's second album catches her at a point where she's simultaneously an emergent singer/songwriter and a bankable collaborative pop star. The Pains of Growing embraces the duality. Having co-written everything on first album Know-It-All, Cara wrote an even higher percentage of the material here, including a few songs on her own. She also produces one of the finer ones, the primarily acoustic "I Don't Want To," a bittersweet, conflicted ballad. Pop & Oak co-produced over half of the debut and contribute to several of this album's most appealing songs, from the faintly Jade-echoing "Growing Pains" -- in the relatable anthem vein of "Scars to Your Beautiful" -- to "Trust My Lonely," where Cara sails off with some sweetly miniaturized digi-dub. Apart from a romantically content soul throwback with No I.D., through which Cara displays the increased richness in her voice, the album's remainder employs assorted hit-angling producers connected by pop success with young women. Through it all, Cara writes in a slightly wiser and sharper manner from the same introverted homebody perspective heard on Know-It-All. Even the "isolated life on the road" number "Wherever I Live," the album's lone post-fame moment, sounds like it was written by the person who made "Four Pink Walls."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2018
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602577112188
catalogNumber: 002929402
Rank: 162761

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alessia Cara   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rick Nowels   Piano,Pizzicato
Patrick Warren   Strings
Jon Levine   Bass,Keyboards
Zac Rae   Bass,Strings,Keyboards
Pop   Keyboards,Vocals
Dean Reid   Drums
Steve Wyreman   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Hammond B3
Nate Mercereau   Guitar,Trumpet,French Horn
Brian Griffin   Drums
Oak   Keyboards,Vocals
Jon Sosin   Guitar
Brandyn Porter   Acoustic Guitar
Trevor Brown   Guitar,Drums
Bianca McC   Violin
"Downtown" Trevor Brown   Guitar,Drums
Dylan Brady   Bass,Percussion

Technical Credits

Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
William Simmons   Composer
Ernest Wilson   Composer
Jon Levine   Producer,drum programming
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Tony Perez   Executive Producer
Matt Anthony   Engineer
Pop   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Inaam Haq   Engineer
Dean Reid   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Eric Frederic   Composer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Steve Wyreman   Composer,Producer
Stephen Feigenbaum   String Arrangements
Nate Mercereau   Composer,Producer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer
Kaleb Rollins   Composer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Stephen Koszler   Engineer
Oak   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Trevor Yasuda   Engineer
Ricky Reed   Producer,Instrumentation
Alessia Caracciolo   Composer
Alessia Cara   Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Ethan Shumaker   Engineer
Robert "Robeo" Eleazer   Executive Producer
Marc Anthony Soto   Composer
Zaire Koalo   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Trevor Brown   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Oak Felder   Programming,Engineer
Chris Rockwell   Engineer
"Downtown" Trevor Brown   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation

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