When I first heard Meghan Trainor on the radio in 2014 I was blown away because of how different she was. She had a lovely voice with magic in it that she knew how to use. One can have a lovely voice but there is that extra bit that the greats have…Most of the time when I think of such greats I think of Steve Perry from Journey, Kevin Cronin from REO Speed Wagon, or Ozzy Osbourne…rockers. Of course Meghan Trainor isn’t like any of those guys, being very feminine but she had that thing that you stop and listen to, that special magical quality to her voice. You always know who she is and will never mistake her for someone else.
And then there was the all around sound of her music unlike anything I’d ever heard…unlike anything anyone has ever done! It was a thing that most people couldn’t make work…1950s Doo-wop mating with modern pop made a lovely child called Title with a huge hit called All About That Bass!
As an author who writes fantasy as well as horror and paranormal I get Meghan wanting to show all her sides and facets as a musician. I really do. But when you win a Grammy with something, like at least do a few songs like that on each CD so you can keep getting the Grammies or at least so that you can keep that THING that makes you quite unlike anyone else.
I love all the songs on Thank You. I really do. So if this is the case why am I writing this article? Because though the songs are wonderful they aren’t anywhere near as refreshingly different as Title and Bass. Just they aren’t. Remember how Meghan got signed for Bass because no one else could sing it? Well…Yes. That is the entire point. I love so many songs on Title but could easily picture a lot of people singing any of them. Those people she was influenced by, those she originally wrote the songs for in the case of Kindly Calm Me Down…Just Meghan can be as good as the rest with Thank You or better and more unique and shine more brightly with work like Title.
Yes, Meghan. With Thank You, you showed the world that you can be just like everyone else. Well done. You can bounce it like TLC. I like them but you’re still better so be better.
She has shown her many facets in writing for others and I’m sure she will continue to do so. Again I’m not saying everything that she records Has to be Doo-wop. Just a lot of it. LOL. Because it makes her special and unique and damn it unlike anyone else and the reason L.A Reid signed her in the bloody first place!
With that being said, many of my favorite Meghan songs are on the album only 17, her final self produced release so go check it out. Not doo-wop, and very different, but as in Thank You the influences are there, but on only 17, she is being more Meghan in that I can still only picture her singing these songs.
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