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The Pains of Growing is the second studio album by Alessia Cara, released on November 30, 2018, through Def Jam. It was supported by the singles “Growing Pains” and “Trust My Lonely”.

The album is said to explore “the nuance and mentality of what it’s like to age out of your teen years”, as Cara was 21 during the writing and recording of it. Billboard called the album a “more mature, radio-ready body of work led by single ‘Growing Pains'”;the publication also called “Growing Pains” a “classic Alessia Cara pop hit with perceptive lyrics”. Cara herself said the album is “a little bit more mature, and a little bit more cohesive. It just feels more like a full album. And then conceptually, I know I already touched on it before, but just life experiences and just a lot more transparency”.


1. “Growing Pains”
2. “Not Today”
3. “I Don’t Want To”
4. “7 Days”
5. “Trust My Lonely”
6. “Wherever I Live”
7. “All We Know”
8. “A Little More”
9. “Comfortable”
10. “Nintendo Game”
11. “Out of Love”
12. “Girl Next Door”
13. “My Kind”
14. “Easier Said”
15. “Growing Pains (Reprise)”

4 stars