Meghan Trainor – you just link this name to a world-wide success story, All About That Bass. Just on YouTube, the song has been viewed over two (US) billion times. On 31st January 2020, Trainor released her third studio album, Treat Myself, about four years after her last one.
Meghan Trainor – About The Artist
Meghan Elizabeth Trainor was born on 22nd December 1993 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She was experimenting with audio workstation software in her childhood years already, re-arranging popular songs. She also played in a cover band as a teenager and wrote her first song at the age of 13. At the age of 15, she started to independently release albums and even received some airplay at local radio stations. As producers felt her to be too big, she rather went for the songwriters business first. She majorly wrote country and pop music songs. Her breakthrough song was All About That Bass, which was a 2013 recording, but became viral in 2014. Among the countries,in which that song lead the singles charts, were Germany, the USA, United Kingdom and Canada. The corresponding album, Title, was released in early 2015 and also topped the charts in multiple markets. Even though the second album Thank You (2016) could not keep up with these placements, it was very successful and also had two hit singles, No and Thank You. Treat Myself is Meghan Trainor’s third studio album.
Meghan Trainor – Treat Myself – Track by Track
The album contains 15 tracks, which have a playing time of 46 minutes.
1. Wave feat. Mike Sabath
Wave was one of the first tracks, which has been released before the actual album. It starts very epic and strong and then more and more develops to a very repetitive, more and more monotonous track.
2. Nice To Meet Ya
If I would try to describe this song in one word, I would likely use “experimental”. It is a wild mix of different genres. On the one hand, it is fascinating, one the other hand, it is confusing to me. Finally, I will remember this track for a while, but with very mixed emotions.
I missed the way I used to funk – I have to give in that I understood another f-word at the end of that verse. But Meghan Trainor is a nicer character than me, obviously. The track is a typical dance track, very repetitive. I can imagine that it is a nice track for clubbing and dancing. But there are a lot of nice tracks for that.
Babygirl starts slow, but finally turns to a rhythmic dance track. Contrasting production, which confuses me.
5. Workin’ On It
This melodic track is one of my favorites on the album. Could be a good radio sound as well.
7. Lie To Me
Lie To Me illustrates one of the reasons why I struggle with Treat Myself that much: on the one hand, it is a nice song – but as there are so many repetitions, even the very short time of 2:40 minutes feels quite long.
8. Here To Stay
Even if I, I make mistakes, yes, I’ll admit
I fall apart in front of your face
But you think it’s cute, you make fun of me
Darlin’, I know you’re here to stay
A slow, very thoughtful song, which is one of the best songs of the album to me.
Great song for the primary school: count the number of Meghan Trainor singing “Better not” in this song and you know the system of natural numbers. Apart from that a rather weak track to me.
10. Genetics feat. Pussycat Dolls
I like the Pussycat Dolls, but that song is crap to me.
How you get that bod?
Is it from God?
Did you work real hard?
How you get that bass?
Is it all fake?
Made in LA
No comment. I love German Andreas Dorau, who is concatenating adjacent rhymes for a song – but this one is too low.
11. Evil Twin
Though Evil Twin rather sounds like sad thoughts and darkness, the arrangement of the song leads to completely opposite emotions to me: one of the songs which touches me most and gives me a really feel-good feeling. Nice one!
12. After You feat. AJ Mitchell
Such a lovely ballad – Meghan Trainor has so much talent in several genres. So bad that I feel in so many songs that she is spoiling it. That is a good one.
13. Another Opinion
Another slow track, which is a bit more soul-alike. The song could finish after one minute – maybe it would be better. Three minutes feels too long.
14. No Excuses
A 2:30 minutes uptempo rhythmic track with slower, melodic elements. The chorus even has some African music-alike vocals. Not too bad.
15. Have You Now
The last track of Treat Myself is a quite groovy one, a touch of hip hop style in it for me. Not a must-listen-to track definitely.
Meghan Trainor – Treat Myself – Spotify
Here is the Spotify link, in case you want to have a deeper listen:
Meghan Trainor – Treat Myself – My View
Meghan Trainor features a wide range of pop and dance tracks on her latest album. I feel it is a good production with a couple of highlights – some other tracks are just too far away from my taste, On the one hand, I feel that Meghan Trainor again underlines her great talent as a songwriter and producer – but too many songs feel like she wants to put too much of it in each and every track – which makes the songs complex and confusing. Finally, I feel that a lower average rating is appropriate.
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