Know-It-All

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Know-It-All
Alessia Cara - Know It All.png
Studio album by Alessia Cara
Released November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 35:34
Label
Producer
Alessia Cara chronology
Four Pink Walls
(2015)
Know-It-All
(2015)
The Pains of Growing
(2018)
Singles from Know-It-All
  1. "Here"
    Released: April 30, 2015
  2. "Wild Things"
    Released: February 2, 2016
  3. "Scars to Your Beautiful"
    Released: July 26, 2016

Know-It-All is the debut studio album by Canadian singer Alessia Cara. It was released on November 13, 2015 through Def Jam. The album followed the release of her debut extended play (EP) Four Pink Walls (2015), which Cara regarded as a preview of the album. Know-It-All contains the five original songs from Four Pink Walls as well as five new songs recording for the album. Cara co-wrote all the tracks and worked closely with Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole amongst others.

Writing and recording

Serving as one of the producers of Know-It-All Cara worked with several producers including Kuya, Malay, Alan Nglish, Fredro, Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole. The latter helped in the conception of the opening track "Seventeen". The song was written when Cara was about eighteen: "It was a whole bunch of feelings. We got to talking in the studio with my dad and Sebastian — we all came up with this thing, like, let’s write about how life goes by really fast. My dad brought up that idea, and that’s why the first line is, ’My daddy says that life comes at you fast.’"[1]

Singles

"Here" was released on April 30, 2015, as the lead single[2] from Cara's extended play (EP) Four Pink Walls. The song became Cara's first top-5 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, upon reaching the peak position of five for the week of January 27, 2016[3] and Cara performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with their house band The Roots.[4][5] The song received an official video, which was directed by Aaron A.[6]

"Wild Things" was released on October 27, 2015.[7] The song was sent to US contemporary hit radio on February 2, 2016, as the album's second single, and has ever since has had moderate success peaking at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8]

Cara announced that "Scars to Your Beautiful" would be released as the third single. It was sent to contemporary hit radio on July 26, 2016. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 6.7/10[10]
Metacritic 70/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[12]
Billboard 4/5 stars[13]
Exclaim! 8/10[14]
Idolator 4/5[15]
Newsday B[16]
NME 4/5 stars[17]
Now 3/5 Ns[18]
Pitchfork 5.5/10[19]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[20]
Sputnikmusic 3.7/5[21]

Know-It-All received generally positive reviews from music critics, receiving a 70 out of 100 on the review aggregate website Metacritic based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[22] AllMusic reacted positively towards the album, writing "Going by the level of potential shown here, it's evident that Cara will eventually need a lot less creative assistance."[12] Billboard was also positive in its review of the album: "As first impressions go, Know-It-All is a charismatic balance between dreams and reality that makes its author stick out in the most impressive way."[13] Exclaim!'s, Ryan B. Patrick wrote that "while [Know-It-All] is a tad formulaic, it's terrifically executed and solidly produced...Cara's debut is a striking standout pop record that portends career longevity."[14] Pitchfork Media was more mixed: "Writing from the heart does not automatically imbue lyrics with depth. Never is it more apparent that the factory approach is not allowing Cara to fulfill her potential than on 'Scars to Your Beautiful.'"[19]

Commercial performance

Know-It-All debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200[23] with first week sales of 36,000 equivalent album units (22,000 pure album sales).[24] On May 22, 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over a million units in the United States.

Tour

The first leg of Cara's headling tour in support of Know-It-All ran from January 15 through April 1, 2016. A second leg was scheduled for September 29 through November 2, 2016.[25]

Track listing

Standard edition[26]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Seventeen" 3:32
2. "Here"
3:19
3. "Outlaws"
  • Caracciolo
  • Wansel
  • Felder
  • Tillman
  • S. Gerongco
  • R. Gerongco
  • Pop & Oak
  • Sebastian Kole
3:23
4. "I'm Yours"
  • Caracciolo
  • Wansel
  • Felder
  • Tillman
  • Pop & Oak
  • Sebastian Kole
3:48
5. "Four Pink Walls" Caracciolo
  • Alan Nglish
3:31
6. "Wild Things"
  • Caracciolo
  • James Ho
  • Tillman
  • Thabiso "Tab" Nkhereanye
3:08
7. "Stone" (featuring Sebastian Kole)
  • Caracciolo
  • Ho
  • Tillman
  • Malay
  • Sebastian Kole
3:47
8. "Overdose"
  • Caracciolo
  • Wansel
  • Felder
  • Tillman
  • S. Gerongco
  • R. Gerongco
  • Pop & Oak
  • Sebastian Kole
3:28
9. "Stars"
  • Caracciolo
  • Tillman
  • S. Gerongco
  • R. Gerongco
  • Lam
3:40
10. "Scars to Your Beautiful"
  • Caracciolo
  • Wansel
  • Felder
  • Tillman
  • Pop & Oak
  • Sebastian Kole
3:50
Total length: 35:34
Notes

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[52] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[53] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[55] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

List of release dates, showing region, formats, label, editions and reference
Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s) Ref.
Canada 13 November 2015 Universal Music
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[56][57]
United States Def Jam [26][27]
United Kingdom 11 March 2016 Virgin EMI Deluxe
[58]
Australia Universal Music Australia
[59]

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