Swinging into the scene with a brassy, “swervin’,” classy sound, Meghan Trainor arrives. In her debut album (after a 2014 EP of the same name), “Title,” Trainor’s voice shines without apology or hesitation. The songs will get you on your feet. Like the vivid colors on the album cover, the music is electrifying and upbeat.
But the album isn’t shallow: from girl-to-girl talk in “No Good For You,” to letting someone go after realizing you can’t give them what they deserve in “My Selfish Heart,” Trainor achieves both cheer and depth. Her voice is a clean, sweet powerhouse, flexing with a rap-like style on “Bang Dem Sticks,” a hail to all good-looking drummers, while “3am” is a self-deprecating bop about adult love – the loneliness, the waiting, and the dial tone. “Walkashame” shows Trainor always has her feet on the ground, walking the infamous walk the morning after a one-night stand.
Trainor also recognizes the little nuances in love, shaping them into art. The album is truly romantic – some of its jewels, like the vocal showcases “What If I” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” featuring John Legend, melt the heart like hard candy. Every song is fully realized, packed with snaps, barbershop “ba doo wops,” or a lush orchestra. In the end, they are gorgeous and full of hope.
Trainor also represents a generation coming into its voice. The billion-views hit on YouTube, “All About That Bass,” has become a landmark anthem for body positivity, empowering every silhouette without losing the positive part of the message. Even better, it’s a song you really can dance to, and you start to feel the love immediately. “Close Your Eyes” is gentler, while still pushing toward that warm fuzzy feeling of loving yourself, blossoming slowly into a flower of beauty. “Dear Future Husband” is a no-nonsense do-away with gender stereotypes, while “Credit,” my personal favorite and cap on the deluxe album, tells a story you hardly ever hear, and is immediately true. Without jealousy or dirt, Trainor leaves us on a note of truth, singing, “She’ll never know that I made him better for her ….” And while Trainor has fun with wordplay, she doesn’t mince words, showing you can be articulate, sassy, smart, sweet, and informed at the same time – and quite romantic. That kind of music keeps a title in our hearts.