In June of last year, only a very select few had heard of Meghan Trainor—a then up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Nantucket, Massachusetts. Now, six months later, Trainor stands alongside Taylor Swift, Sia, Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea in the 'Record of the Year' category at the Grammy Awards. Her breakthrough hit "All About That Bass" has been certified five times platinum through the RIAA, and spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, breaking records all along the way. Over the course of her young music career so far, Trainor has developed a strong fan base called "Megatronz" whom she proves to be proud of according to her daily fan art posts on her social media accounts.
Earlier this month, she released her debut studio album Title, which debuted at no. 1 on this week's (Jan. 18) Rising 20 chart. The album contains "All About That Bass", as well as her second single "Lips Are Movin'", which ranks at no. 7 on this week's Top 50. Let's break down the songs one-by-one on Trainor's first piece of art.
The album starts off with an a capella introduction titled "The Best Part", which immediately earns her respect from listeners. Not only does she demonstrate her vocal range here, but proves that she is indeed one to adore. The 25-second interlude leads into "All About That Bass", the song (and video) that introduced her to the world. It has been praised for its songwriting by Trainor and Kevin Kadish, who wrote and produced almost every single song on the album. "Bass" has earned Trainor nominations for a Peoples' Choice Award, MTV Europe Music Award, and two Grammy Awards (we'll find out if she wins on February 8th). All in all, "All About That Bass" was one of the most lyrically important songs of this past year, urging young girls to be proud of their curves.
The album's third and fourth songs both appear on the 'Title' EP, which was released in September. Back then, there was only going to be a 'Title' EP, but plans changed, and we're glad they did. "Dear Future Husband" (track no. 3) has a doo-wop sounding beat that makes you want to shake your hips, while listening to Trainor list her needs from a man. Whereas, "Close Your Eyes" (track no. 4) is a slower song, where Trainor pictures a world in which people don't have to be judged. Again, proving why she deserves the respect of all listeners.
"3am" has got to be one of the cutest songs, well... ever. It's title suggests the feel for the song, as it's one you wouldn't mind listening to while sitting up in bed in the middle of the night. The next track features a surprise collaborator—John Legend. The "All of Me" star joins forces with the young voice to make almost a "Close Your Eyes" part 2. While it is well-composed, the two songs can easily be compared with the exception of a different meaning.
"Bang Dem Sticks" is one of the more upbeat songs on the album, sounding like a combination between Jessie J's "Bang Bang" and Iggy Azalea's "Beg For It". And while most combo's like these are a recipe for a flop, "Sticks" is surprisingly more energetic than one would think. Track no. 8 takes us to "Walkashame", which throws us back half a century with a 50's type beat. The song has a completely different lyrical meaning though—the literal "Walk of Shame" after doing something stupid while intoxicated. A bit odd for someone who just turned 21...
The title track ("Title") makes up for the previous song's awkwardness with a catchy beat and lyrics. Although it can, once again, be compared to another song on the album ("Dear Future Husband"), the song promises to never let someone in bed who's put you in the friend-zone. Feisty! "What If I" (which would sound great in 'Singing in the Rain' by the way) is a slower song, debating what could happen if Trainor's lover comes back "tomorrow".
The standard edition of the album closes out with "Lips Are Movin'", the album's second single. The follow-up single is one that many artists struggle to pull off, yet Trainor has done a fantastic job with "Lips", almost completely eliminating her from one-hit-wonder status. What better song to end your first run in the music world with?
Overall, Meghan Trainor has done a superb job with her debut album 'Title'. It's a unique collection of songs one wouldn't expect to be popular in today's day and age, yet Trainor pulls it off with a sassy-but-sweet style.
1. The Best Part - Interlude
2. All About That Bass
3. Dear Future Husband
4. Close Your Eyes
6. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - feat. John Legend
7. Bang Dem Sticks
10. What If I
11. Lips Are Movin'