Meghan Trainor released her highly anticipated LP “Title” on January 9, 2015. If you were one of the millions who fell in love with the doo wop, female empowering sound of “All About That Bass” chances are you’ll love the thematic retro sound of “Title.”
Meghan Trainor appeared in 2014 seemingly out of nowhere – however behind the scenes she had been hard at work self-releasing 3 albums since 2008 and writing songs for Rascal Flatts.
“All About That Bass” has been dominating the Australian charts and airwaves since June 2014 followed by “Lips Are Movin” and “Dear Future Husband.” Judging by the public reception of those singles and the release of “Title” it doesn’t appear Trainor will be disappearing from the pop scene anytime soon.
When you first listen to the songs on “Title” it is almost immediately recognizable as throwback or retro sounding. Meghan credits 1950s music, soca and Frank Sinatra for influencing her hip hop, pop musical blend. Older people love her nostalgic sound and young people love how infectious her lyrics and beats are. Notably, tracks like “All About That Bass” send a positive message about loving yourself even if you are a bigger person and not rail thin. It’s certainly a refreshing point to be reminded of given the fat-shaming media messaging we are subjected to.
“Title” features mostly upbeat tracks which I would recommend putting on at the start of the day to raise your spirits or motivate you to do housework. It’s also a great sing-along album to pop in the car while driving.
It’s pretty rare that I’ll listen to an album without skipping a track but Trainor selected only the best ditties to make the album cut, no fillers need apply. “Title” is a timeless, classic album that you could pop on in 30 years time and it’ll still have you snapping your fingers and swaying to the beat.
Standout tracks other than the already released singles include “Bang Dem Sticks” which I can see Southern brass bands blasting, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” featuring John Legend, “Title,” an ‘I don’t want to be friends’ anthem, and “Credit” which all women can universally relate to.
“Title” proves that Meghan Trainor is indeed a vocal and composing talent who knows how to have fun and not take herself too seriously. It’s light, bubblegum and blue-eyed soul at it’s very best. The real success indicator will be if she can follow “Title” up with an equally successful commercial LP – will the throwback sound be sustainable album after album?
What did you think of Meghan Trainor‘s “Title?” Let me know your verdict in the comments below!