The pop group entry turned towards solo career is something we are all too familiar with by now. A commercially safe trajectory, further backed by the recent success of Harry Styles and subsequent members of One Direction. From The Beatles to N'SYNC to The Jacksons to Girls Aloud this narrative is firmly embedded within our musical culture and is almost inevitable. Not to even mention Queen Bey.

Camila Cabello’s departure from American X Factor Product Fifth Harmony follows that same trite story line, the urge to leave for creative freedom, the public hounding by the former band mates, the whole shabang. As understandable as the situation is, this arc is as much a constructed narrative as Fifth Harmony’s. The group’s biggest single ‘Work from Home’ is a stellar example of landfill dance pop: perfect for the playlist at your least favourite b-grade hometown club.

Despite this being Cabello's debut, simply titled Camila, it's fit with its fair share of pretty moments; the opening organ chords on ‘Never Be the Same’, the infectious groove of ‘Havana’ and the beautiful double tracked vocals on ‘In the Dark’. Camila is a competent vocalist who can easily lay down a memorable hook, however the record falls short simply by doing too much. It's serving to so many pop-sphere trends - the summery post-Sheeran summary ballads, ‘All These Years’ and ‘Real Friends’, the tropically infused 'Inside Out', and more make the record feel overly homogeneous with the Top 40 before her arrival.

If one thing should be said, the electropop tracks dwarf the tracks organic instrumentations in quality. Sonics less predictable, constraining and generic. Camila is by no means a bad first outing but one that is ultimately unmemorable. That said, it's the rare pop star that arrives confident enough to offer an entirely cohesive vision on their first go. Cabello is finding her footing, and with more swings than misses here, the album signals a hopeful future for a fledgling pop giant.