Alessia Cara reveals new album The Pains of Growing: Stream

The Canadian songwriter's first LP since being nabbing a Best New Artist Grammy

Alessia Cara, photo by Brick Howze pains of growing album details cover art tracklist
Alessia Cara, photo by Brick Howze

Alessia Cara is back with her new album, The Pains of Growing. Stream it in its entirety below via Apple Music or Spotify.

The new LP serves as Cara’s sophomore release following her 2015 breakthrough debut, Know It All. A press statement describes the Def Jam record as an “auto-biographical album chronicling her personal experiences over the past several years,” during which the 22-year-old pop singer was crowned Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammys. Early offerings like “Growing Pains”, Song of the Week contender “Trust My Lonely”, and “A Little More” have a place on the final tracklist.

The artwork for The Pains of Growing shows Cara in the oversized suit she wore in the music videos for both “Trust My Lonely” and “Growing Pains”, as well as on her recent run of late-night TV appearances. “It’s an artistic way of symbolizing the idea of growing up,” Cara noted while on The Today Show. “Some­times you kind of feel like you’re drowning and you feel like you’re not ready for the roles life throws at you so this was my way of symbolizing it in an artistic way.”

One of the major growing pains that life threw her way was the dissolution of a two-year relationship, a subject the Canadian artist reflects on often on the new album. “I think heartbreak ages everybody,” she told The Evening Standard. “You’re going to have to go through that period of just feeling like you’re at rock bottom so you can figure out what you need for yourself.” Cara added:

“For a lot of people, when you’re young and in love you become so consumed by the person that you start to need them and you almost forget what it’s like without them. Being forced to figure it out allowed me find what I need and what I like to do – and who I am without anyone else, which is interesting but tough.”

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The Pains of Growing Tracklist:
01. Growing Pains
02. Not Today
03. I Don’t Want To
04. 7 Days
05. Trust My Lonely
06. Wherever I Live
07. All We Know
08. A Little More
09. Comfortable
10. Nintendo Game
11. Out Of Love
12. Girl Next Door
13. My Kind
14. Easier Said
15. Growing Pains (Reprise)