Young Artist’s Deluxe EP to be Featured on Upcoming Tour
By Lucia Rossi
On January 9, Meghan’s Trainor’s album called Title was released by Epic Records. This album will serve as a replacement for Trainor’s EP of the same name and will include 11 original tracks with four extra songs on the deluxe edition.
Meghan Trainor’s style in music is like Amy Whinehouse’s except more upbeat and empowering. The music is a mix of old school doo wop, pop, hip-hop, rap and even a little Caribbean, but most of all it has attitude.
Written by Trainor and her producer Kevin Kadish, the music itself is very unpredictable because the style changes from 1960’s classical to rap and hip hop. Surprisingly, they go very well together and this mix occurs in many of Trainor’s songs.
Trainor’s voice is very high pitched which gives her a strikingly child-like sound. This makes some of her songs difficult to listen to because the songs have a lot of sexual references, connotations and images. Even with very sexualized lyrics, it is important to remember that Meghan Trainor is a 21 year old woman and not a child.
Although Trainor usually presents good messages to women about self-image and love, her other songs talk about sexual missteps like in “Title” the chorus is “Baby, don’t call me your friend/if I hear that word again/you might never get a chance to see me naked in your bed/And I know girls ain’t hard to find/But if you think you wanna try/Then consider this an invitation to kiss my ass goodbye.”
Reading those lyrics over, I believe the language is immature. The message is encouraging and she gives off this completely relatable and adorable image but how long can this image last?
However, “Title” stood out from the rest of the album because it is an upbeat soca-pop song which incorporates hand clapping, folk pop, and a blend of horns in the background. There was also a rap verse which catches you by surprise. The song is about Trainor demanding to have her relationship status defined.
All of Trainor’s songs are very catchy and easy to sing along with but her songs on her album, not including her most popular, are very typical and socially common. The mix of different musical styles makes the songs unique but the lyrics and phrases take that originality away.
Although the songs share a very similar sound, they each give off different messages.
“All About That Bass,” and “Lips Are Movin,” are her best songs because they shed a positive outlook on body image, self-respect and forgiveness. Along with a catchy tune, these songs are the whole package.
The song “Dear Future Husband” is interesting because it plays around with gender norms in relationships in the 1960’s doo wop style, like in the lyrics, “So don’t be thinking I’ll be home and baking apple pies/I never learned to cook.” Trainor shows humor in the song by dangling sex as leverage to get her future husband to do what makes her happy when she says, “After every fight/Just apologize/And maybe then I’ll let you try and rock my body right.”
Trainor also had a few inspiring slow songs that were easy on the ears. “Close Your Eyes” is another song about believing you are beautiful despite what people say. The lyrics encourage having confidence in yourself and showing the world what you can do.
John Legend and Meghan Trainor had an intense romantic duet in the song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”. The song had very repetitive lyrics but it had a soothing flow that exposed deep emotions. Their voices complemented each other and layered the other’s nicely.
“Bang Dem Sticks” is not your average pop song either, Trainor had to sing with a Caribbean accent for this song. Not bad for a girl from Nantucket.
The album will have a supporting tour, called That Bass Tour, starting February 11.