alessia cara POGAlessia Cara is cut from similar cloth to Taylor Swift. Writing all her own songs on The Pains of Growing, Cara’s second album feels like a sincere document of escaping out of one’s turbulent teens into terrifying twenties.

And yet, Cara keeps it in perspective. Not just musically, which draws on gospel and blues via radio-pop slickness with a voice that could go anywhere, but lyrically as well. As much as Cara slumps through heartbreak (I Don’t Want To, the absolutely devastating Out Of Love), longing, and unmet ambition, she comes at it with the maturity of someone twice her age.

These are not the chart-hot bangers Cara’s appeared on since her last album, but they are an incredible display of talent.

The Pains Of Growing is out November 30 via Universal.

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