This past year Meghan Trainor has made a splashing debut into the musical charts. The twenty-one year old singer-songwriter from Massachusetts had found a bit of success in Nashville writing for established artists such as Rascal Flatts and Hunter Hayes, but it was her debut song “All About That Bass” that fully caught the music industry's attention. With a refreshing sound unheard of with pop singers recently, Trainor has already found her way to the top of the Billboard charts. With empowering female lyrics and a mixture of pop and doo-wop sound, her debut album Title
offers more of that sound that enticed listeners from the beginning.
Trainor kicks off her debut album by offering a short melodic introduction. “The Best Part” is a roughly thirty second piece composed of Trainor harmonizing with herself as she explains that the best part being able to put out an album is sharing with the world her songs. An interesting concept, it allowed Trainor to set the tone and showcase her jazzy pop vocals.
“All About That Bass”, the first single released by Trainor follows. “All About That Bass
” shot to the Number 1 position on the Billboard charts and has already received many positive reviews. Its captivating beat and body positive lyrics have labeled it one of the best self-loving anthems. Singing lyrics like “Every inch of you is beautiful, from the bottom to the top”, Trainor preaches body acceptance to everyone regardless of their size. It was this song that introduced Meghan Trainor as a contemporary pop artist with a classic throwback signature sound.
The following track, “Dear Future Husband” is an open letter to her future husband stating “a few things he should know if he wants to be the one and only”. A clever way of stating what she is looking for in a guy, Trainor once more delivers that doo-wop sound that makes you want to get up and dance along to the song. One of the stronger songs in the album, “Dear Future Husband” has the potential to be hugely popular due to its infectious sound and wacky yet catchy lyrics.
Changing up the pace, “Close Your Eyes” is one of the slower tracks on the album. Also a self-love anthem, it starts off with guitar picking and leads into a calm melody that builds up towards the end of the first verse. “I guess I could waste all my time and my money just trying to look right but it doesn’t change who I am in my heart if I look like a dime” are sure to serve as a message of inspiration especially to the teenage girl demographic and deliver that “I know I’m beautiful” message Trainor sings about throughout the whole song.
While some songs are able to stick out amongst that jazzy pop feel, others are not as fortunate. “3am”, “Bang Dem Sticks”, and “Walkashame” fall into that category. The songs contain that upbeat sound that has now been associated with Trainor and generically wacky lyrics that are half rapped-half sung, which add a little difference but not enough to make them memorable.
A song that does manage to stand out is “Like I’m Gonna Lose You (ft. John Legend). The romantic love duet has all the potential to become a classic. The lyrics are sweet and serene in describing loving someone with everything you have. Legend’s voice compliments Trainors in a perfect harmonic blend and the steady calming beat practically begs you to put the song on repeat. Also on the slower side is “What If I”. The 50’s feel add a nice touch to the love song. Trainor does a great job in controlling her vocal runs as she sings about wanting to take things slow and kiss someone tomorrow. The word tomorrow in the song adds that hopeful romantic feel that is different from other current songs that glorify hook up culture. The style and rhythm of these songs offers a refreshing break from the other highly up-tempo tracks.
One of those up-tempo tracks is the title track. “Title” offers female empowering lyrics where Trainor sings about not being a booty call for a guy. Taking a whimsical approach on giving a guy an ultimatum to give her the title of a girlfriend or she is gone. The lyrics are relatable and written in a way that can mimic an actual conversation. The bridge of the song has Trainor rapping “You gotta show me off, off, But you embarrassed, if that's the case I'm all gone/You gotta treat me like a trophy, put me on the shelf, Or call me something else” showing that she is no longer putting up with certain behaviors. Guys be warned, girls are going to be dedicating this song to some of you.
With that doo-wop style and incorporating certain hip-hop elements, Trainor’s second single, “Lips Are Movin
'” has reached Number 4 on the Billboard Charts and eliminated any thoughts that Meghan Trainor was going to be a one hit wonder. The same beat and musical style is present in “Lips Are Movin’”, proving the argument that if something is not broken, don’t fix it.
That same argument can be applied to the remainder of the tracks on Title
“No Good For You”, “Mr. Almost” “My Selfish Heart” and “Credit” continue that 50’s doo-wop pop sound with a certain clean hip-hop feel. “Mr. Almost” has that radio friendly sound which increases its potential to be a hit single if released.
In the past year, Meghan Trainor has broken into the prominent music scene at lightning speed. The singer-songwriter has gained a chart topping hit with “All About That Bass” a track featured on the Title
EP and again on the album. Title
features a combination of songs that allows listeners to get an idea of who she is as an artist. The jazz inspired doo-wop sound is present throughout the album and while it sometimes can get a bit repetitive, it’s clear that this sound works for her. Her vocals are on point and with clean runs there is no denying the girl is a talented singer. Meghan Trainor is using her quirky off-the-wall lyrics to deliver fun strong messages to a new generation. With songs that are definitely worth listening too, Title
will have your lips moving and feet dancing.