Saturday, September 20, 2014

Title | Meghan Trainor


★★★☆☆

Songs like Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and Jennifer Lopez's "Booty" have proved that the recent derrière obsession started by twerkaholic Miley Cyrus is far from over. Now sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut single, Meghan Trainor is mixing body acceptance with a proud exclamation that she has "a little more booty" to concrete the fact that this year has been all about that bass, Following her chart-topping score, Trainor has promptly released her debut extended play, Title, for some further exposure.

The aforementioned "All About That Bass" has been shaking its way up the Hot 100 for nine weeks before finally advancing to the top spot on the chart update dated September 20, 2014. Many people have referred to the song as this year's "Barbie Girl" or "Call Me Maybe," but regardless of Trainor's long-term relevancy, the song is irresistible. If you claim that you haven't been in your car secretly lip-syncing, "Because you know I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass / No treble," you're lying. (Personally, I've been caught multiple times by other drivers belting the lyrics, and I have no shame.)

Elsewhere on the EP, "Dear Future Husband" is essentially Trainor's old-school pop take on Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine." In the song, she runs off a list of requirements for her groom; she wants flowers, she's going to hold a full-time job, she's not a built-chef, and she already places dips on the left side of the bed. The sound of "Title" is singer-songwriter meets Grease soundtrack, but eventually makes a quick pit-stop into a sing-rapped breakdown. The finale of the four track set comes in the form of "Close Your Eyes," a hazy R&B-infused about revealing your inner beauty via vocal capabilities: "So I want you to close your eyes / Sing to the world tonight and show them what's beautiful."

Just like I had noted with emerging artist Kiesza, who also dropped a four track extended play this year, Meghan Trainor has potential. She's quirky and radiates self-confidence. However, I'd like to see some elaboration off of the sound of these four tracks. Minus "All About That Bass," the extended play seems to have a definite boundary in terms of sound, but four tracks is barely enough to make a definite judgment of an artist. Personally, I'll still be holding out for a full length major label debut.

Title is available now under Epic Records.

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