Title: Meghan Trainor

Screenshot from video of Lips Are Movin

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Meghan Trainor made it big in 2014 with her body-positive smash hit All About That Bass. While the 21-year-old singer rocks on her debut full-length album, her finger-snapping songs are a super hit with teens.

Meghan has taken in chief collaborator Kevin Kadish to balance a love of old-fashioned girl group pop with old-school hip-hop. The partnership works well with Meghan doing the job of a collaborator in the songwriting department.

After a female choral introduction The Best Part (Interlude), the 15 track album spins on with the most sassy of all songs we’ve heard so far — All About that Bass that speaks of self-empowerment all the way. The song made Meghan the most Googled music artist after Justin Bieber. Moving on, we have the bouncy Dear Future Husband about a list of demands she wants her future husband to adhere to.

The Amy Winehouse inspired Lips Are Movin’ is another big highlight on the album. The song takes a jab at a lover who gives her sweet talk. 3 AM finds Meghan texting an ex-boyfriend in the middle of the night. On the finger-snapping ballad Like I’m Gonna Lose You featuring John Legend, Meghan’s soprano-filled vocals are a perfect match for Legend’s silky voice. You could also take a pick of What If I, a very soft and seductive piece at the first listen and worth a replay. The mushiness can be felt in the song. If only the album had more such moments.

Title is a demand to her boyfriend to put a name on their relationship status before he thinks of only having fun and moving off. Meghan shows her rapping style on Bang Dem Sticks and hits a loud beat on Walkashame incorporating a lot of playful rap segments. Mr Almost also has a bit of rapping by guest artist Shy Carter, but as a track it offers no really big moments.

With a large voice and a witty writing style, Meghan moves from one genre to another over the course of the album, giving you a chance to experience her music more carefully. While this might confuse you a bit, if you stick to just the main blasters here, you can be sure you would love to replay this album any time you feel like it. Includes lyrics.

Verus Ferreira
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Verus Ferreira is a freelance music journalist for over three decades, contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book. Besides being a music aficionado, he is also a photo-journalist. He contributes to Musicunplugged.in and has his own column on The Revolver Club, a vinyl music store. Reach him at verusferreira.com