Review: Know-It-All by Alessia Cara

Know-It-All by Alessia CaraThe best thing about Alessia Cara is her delivery. Listen to “Here”, her breakout hit: the rapid-fire flow in the chorus does not obscure the track’s confessional nature, and her silky, velvety voice just helps it all go down easily. Know-It-All, her debut, shows has this quality in spades. Sure, the whole thing somewhat loses steam in the middle – it gets a bit too comfortable until the noteworthy piano ballad “Stars” – but the record manages to sound fresh all throughout. Again, that voice. It does remind me a bit of Haley Reinhart without the jazzy excursions. Alessia does not lose sight of the game, and shows a mastery of her most potent tool as she digs through her teenage life and fishes whatever she could fish out of it. It’s an interesting, confident debut from a talent that just popped out of nowhere. Should be a sign of better things to come. [NB] | 4/5

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