Pop / Soul
When “All About That Bass” was released by Meghan Trainor this past summer, she did all of us a favor (or misfortune) by putting that song in our head for days and months to come. It was an addicting song with a catchy throwback style that put Trainor on the map. It was her debut, and she came out swinging with an empowering song about having confidence with your body size. Now Trainor has released her debut album, titled Title. (Yeah, I said that right. No typo)
The album keeps with the style of “All About That Bass” by introducing a sound that we haven’t heard too much of before. It’s a mixture of pop, hip-hop, and doo-wop with a retro flair that’s reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a sound that we haven’t heard too much of in the current pop sphere, and it’s a sound that is solely Trainor’s.
The album starts off with everybody’s favorite, “All About That Bass”. We then get songs like “Dear Future Husband” and “Close Your Eyes” which have the overarching theme of body image. Trainor is a little bigger in size, and she embraces it with these songs. They’re pretty relatable and empowering for those who share the same body image.
The album then shifts to Trainor’s love life. We get a plethora of songs about falling in love, breaking up, and the struggles of letting go. It’s stuff that we have all heard before. (That’s pretty much what pop is turning into these days.) The doo-wop ballad “Like I’m Going To Lose You” featuring the talent of John Legend and the up-tempo and energetic “Bang Dem Sticks” were some of my standout favorites from this portion of the album.
The other single that was released from the album was “Lips Are Movin”, which also happens to be one of my overall favorites. It’s a bouncy song about Trainor’s confidence with breaking up with her ex. She’s done with him and his lies. It’s confusing however because only a couple of songs later we get “My Selfish Heart”, which features a much somber Trainor kissing up to the guys that she has broken up with. All confidence and that “bad-girl” style is gone.
There’s nothing new in terms of substance from Trainor’s offerings, but it’s her musical talent and unique sounds that keep things fresh amid the sea of love ballads and break-up anthems that populate the pop industry today.
If Meghan Trainor is going to turn into a massive pop-star, she is going to have to leave the tired concepts of love and break ups behind. Her songs about her body image in the beginning were some of my favorites. They were unique and we don’t have too many of those songs like that in this current climate. It’s all about unrealistic expectations for women, and Meghan Trainor slashes those expectations down with style. I hope that we continue to see this in the future. All in all, Title was a strong debut from the pop sensation that filled our ears last summer.