|“||I wanted to make the album title feel like it’s a story. Like a storybook. And I thought calling it The Pains of Growing sounds like you’re about to read a book about someone or about something. It’s just a full cohesive thing. And I’ve always really been drawn to albums that just feel like one big body of work and one big story. It would just be more impactful and sound more like a story, honestly.||”|
– Alessia talking about the album.
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".
Cara played most of The Pains of Growing for a media gathering at a Los Angeles studio in June 2018. She released the cover art and track listing on Twitter on October 26.
The lead single, "Growing Pains", was released on June 15, 2018.
The second single, "Trust My Lonely", was released on October 5th, 2018.
The third single, "Not Today", was released on November 13, 2018.
A promotional single, "A Little More", was released on July 11, 2018 on her birthday.
|1.||"Growing Pains"||Alessia Cara||Pop & Oak||3:13|
|2.||"Not Today"||Alessia Cara||2:36|
|3.||"I Don't Want To"||Alessia Cara||2:42|
|4.||"7 Days"||Alessia Cara||3:28|
|5.||"Trust My Lonely"||Alessia Cara||Pop & Oak||3:19|
|6.||"Wherever I Live"||Alessia Cara||3:05|
|7.||"All We Know"||Alessia Cara||3:23|
|8.||"A Little More"||Alessia Cara||Alessia Cara||2:24|
|10.||"Nintendo Game"||Alessia Cara||2:41|
|11.||"Out Of Love"||Alessia Cara||3:47|
|12.||"Girl Next Door"||Alessia Cara||3:22|
|13.||"My Kind"||Alessia Cara||3:01|
|14.||"Easier Said"||Alessia Cara||3:25|
|15.||"Growing Pains (Reprise)"||Alessia Cara||0:59|