Meghan Trainor
Title


3.0
good

Review

by brandontaylor USER (21 Reviews)
February 16th, 2015 | 70 replies


Release Date: 01/09/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All about that hook, no substance.

Meghan Trainor rose to fame as the Carly Rae Jepsen of 2014, with her smash-hit “All About That Bass” rising to #1 in 58 different countries – if you haven’t heard it by now, you’ve been living under a rock. Unlike Carly, however, what Meghan managed to do was follow up, as her sophomore single “Lips Are Movin” achieved a commendable level of success as well. Because I somewhat enjoyed those two singles, as well as “Dear Future Husband”, which was included on her late-2014 Title EP, I decided to check out this album. This was despite my fears that all songs would have the same doo-wop meets bubblegum-pop sound, because, let’s face it, those three songs I mentioned sound pretty similar. And hey, the album is cute, but didn’t do much to quell those initial doubts I had.

First off, I have to commend Meghan for her songwriting ability, and she shares credit for all 11 songs on the album’s standard edition. She clearly knows the sound she’s trying to achieve and has a knack for melody – the chorus of “Close Your Eyes” evokes the best moments of Ariana Grande’s 2013 debut Yours Truly, an album I greatly enjoyed. Of course, Trainor is a weaker vocalist, but she plays to her strengths and never stretches her voice, sounding sweet and affable on the simple but super-catchy “3am” and playing off John Legend nicely on centrepiece ballad “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”.

However, there are some glaring negatives present on Title. “Bang Dem Sticks” is truly atrocious, both sonically and in subject matter – and the less said about Meghan’s attempts at rapping, the better. It also raises the general issue of the album’s lyrics. Trainor has been accused of being anti-feminist, and rightfully so – “All About That Bass” promotes the idea that it doesn’t matter how women look as long as boys like them, and on “Title” she sends the message that women should aspire to be trophy-wife types, existing solely to be shown off by men. Meghan admitted to Billboard that she’s not a feminist, but this album proves she’s no lyricist either. Fortunately for her, that’s not necessarily the most important thing on a mainstream pop album in 2015. Also luckily, at 32 minutes, Title is short enough to not be too bogged down by its same-sounding vibe. It’s all about that hook, no substance – forgettable fun.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
brandontaylor
February 16th 2015


734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I probably overrated it a bit but this album veers into guilty pleasure territory for me.

Ricochet
February 16th 2015


2690 Comments


haha Title wtf

Tunaboy45
February 16th 2015


16583 Comments


She looks like such a bitch on the album cover

Ricochet
February 16th 2015


2690 Comments


best summary

Froot
February 16th 2015


1910 Comments


Thighs.

MattTD
February 16th 2015


678 Comments


Good review, terrible album.

PunkMoon
February 16th 2015


228 Comments


Good review, pos. I think you justify your rating, which I think is the goal with those records that you feel ambivalent about.

I don't think I've heard anything from this artist.

Snake.
February 16th 2015


21056 Comments


She looks like such a bitch on the album cover


care to explain why?


she's fat tho


please don't tell me you actually disregard thick girls that have some chub

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SowingSeason
Moderator
February 16th 2015


28373 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

For the record, I dislike this album because it sucks.



Her physical makeup has nothing to do with it, so I think we should direct the conversation back to the

music.

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VaxXi
February 16th 2015


4367 Comments


I don't know how anyone could stomach her stupid rap/talk flow she has going on in this album, it's atrocious.

granitenotebook
February 16th 2015


781 Comments


s/o for reviewing the album and not the person

Supercoolguy64
February 16th 2015


8646 Comments


tbh based on the stuff i heard on the radio she doesn't seem that bad

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Tyrael
February 16th 2015


21112 Comments


Yeah, I refuse to believe this is even listenable

Aftertheascension
February 16th 2015


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

it isn't.

riffariffic7
February 16th 2015


488 Comments


Haven't heard this, never will, but "All About that Bass" is one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my entire life. It's supposed to be an "empowering" song for fat women like her, but it ends up being a mean-spirited song aimed towards women who aren't fat. Quite the message, Meghan. You really are quite the role model for god-awful music.

AliW1993
February 16th 2015


7511 Comments


Good review, and I more or less agree. This really isn't as bad as people are making out. I'll
probably never listen to it again in my life, but it was decent lighthearted fun - albeit with the
faults you highlighted. I'm yet to hear any reasoning for its supposed awfulness which elaborates
beyond "this sucks," "she's fat" etc.

Mutantsnowstorm
February 16th 2015


504 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Good job, glad someone reviewed this.



I don't know how to feel about the album cause it's catchy as hell and the "modern doo wop" concept is interesting but the lyrics are just meh. I hate bang dem sticks

sonictheplumber
February 16th 2015


9825 Comments


lol at people gettin offended by the most inoffensive pop music ever.

Cygnatti
February 16th 2015


32634 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sonic knows. Smh you guys.

sonictheplumber
February 16th 2015


9825 Comments


:D



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