It’s truly baffling when sifting through YouTube comments just how many people have a problem with Meghan Trainor. What’s even more confusing is how she’s managed to become one of the biggest artists of 2014 if so many people don’t like her, that is until the unveiling of her debut, ‘Title’.
Regardless of whether you like her or not, you can’t help but click your fingers or wobble your head when listening to this feel good album for 40 minutes.
2014 wasn’t short on songs about the ‘booty’, but Trainor stands tall with ‘All About That Bass’, a song that makes a bold statement about body image yet a lot more forgiving than my bathroom scales. The doo-wop style which has a distinct 60s feel is really refreshing in today’s dance-filled charts, and the backing vocals really add an extra dimension to the track that’s not often seen in contemporary music.
Of course, this song isn’t the only one to benefit from this classic style as ‘Lips Are Movin’, the LP’s second single and curtain closer, carries the same bubblegum pop genre through the album. If this single doesn’t eliminate the fears of Meghan succumbing to a one-hit wonder, there are plenty more tracks on ‘Title’ that will. This retro futuristic composition carries a strong attitude that reeks of confidence.
‘Close Your Eyes’ and ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ are similar in their slow lullaby style, but the latter benefits from an appearance by John Legend, securing this song as a big deal, and you’ll be amazed by how good they sound together.
‘Bang Dem Sticks’ injects a R&B presence into the fold, with a really good Nicki Minaj impersonation. ‘3am’ follows suit and the vinyl effect at the start is a nice touch, but these songs are more out of place than my grandad at a nightclub. It’s just filler along with ‘Walkashame’, and the bonus songs in the deluxe edition are seemingly tacked onto the end.
Ultimately, ‘Title’ has a strong feminist theme and deals with many different topics such as body image, adultery, and chivalry. The songwriting, while not going to trouble the lyrical genius of Freddie Mercury or Bob Dylan anytime soon, is relatable, and you just can’t help but bob your head along throughout the majority of the record.
It does start to feel a bit like a shit sandwich though and this takes away from the subtle charm that the EP of the same name had. Not every song’s a hit, but those that don’t just grab you right away with their slick hooks are definite potential growers.