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Meghan Trainor's "Title" Reviewed

Meghan's first

Meghan’s first

Sure, Meghan Trainor’s spectacular and always was. I was just listening to her stupendous 2011 album Only 17 and I am here to tell you that at ONLY SEVENTEEN she could give a masterclass in songwriting and if I had been aware of it then, I’d have been writing raves about the popstress in 2011.

But before we get to her, let’s tip our hats to both EPIC Records A&R department for discovering her. It doesn’t take great ears to rave about the 20 year old doo wop, 50s, and everything else influenced songwriter, it takes instinct to actually sign her. Indeed, I think I’d dub her a Tracey Ullman for the 21st century, what say you?

And also, “All About The Bass” co-writer Kevin Kadish, a man with a pedigree that includes writing songs with Jason Mraz and for Kris Allen, Miley Cyrus, Michelle Branch, Meat Loaf , Taylor Hicks,  Joe Jonas and many others. Translation: he is a mainstream songwriter. Kadish also produced the song the four song (EP?) and he brought both a professional sheen, state of the art production and… well, maybe he helped give Meghan freer reign to her imagination lyrically. Absolutely, Only 17 isn’t missing much, the lyrics are a touch generic butt he songs are exceptional.

If Only Seventeen isn’t missing much, Title is missing nothing at all. Mghan has an exceptionally sweet yet powerful voice, she loves doo wop and uses back up singers with brilliance and she is the least PC woman on earth and yet manages to give us the rules with such a plumb it doesn’t matter. “All About The Bass” you know, but it is followed by two clever, fast on their feet, words to the wise for the boys who want to pursue or who get her or who might marry her, and a full blown ballad.

You don’t get EPs this strong, this consistent and this catchy and mainstream. All four of these songs are not merely potential hits but more importantly absolutely great songs. “Title” throws off bon mots with flair to spare: “don’t call me boo like your some kind of ghost” she warns, “don’t call me your  friend if  I hear that word again you may never get the chance to see me naked in your bed”. Catchy? Ear worm? I don’t have to tell you.

Only Seventeen is filled with signposts to Title, but it isn’t there yet. 42 minutes of glorious love songs and lost songs, with a sudden sadness but also a bounce to it, but it isn’t Title. All the pieces are in place but it lacks the magic spark Meghan needed another three years to perfect. The excellent “Shoowap Shoowah” is the real sign as to what is to come, still this Meghan from 2011 is more given to a good mope like “Broken Puzzle”: “stuck in a shower, crying for hours”.

There is a complaint that Meghan allows herself to be defined by her relationship with guys just like a real 20 year old girl or something. The difference lyrically isn’t the difference between love and indifference towards men but about her sense of physicality: her self image. Which has improved vastly. Now she can spend her time worrying about which guys only want her because she’s famous.

Title – A

Only Seventeen – A-

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