It's all about the bass. No, but seriously, this 4-song EP may have just put Meghan Trainor, rising pop star on the map. Incidentally, this EP may just be the breakout album to skyrocket her even further to success. Of course, since there's only four tracks on this EP, I'll just get into the nitty gritty real quick.
There's a lot of talk for Meghan Trainor since All About That Bass, the single which got her to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, became popular on YouTube. I will say that the single was enjoyable at best, but the message should not be overlooked. And that kind of shows that the singer is much more self-aware with her music and in most cases, does not seem to be affected with peers of similar genres. The single was also catchy for the most part, but does show something that isn't that broad of a topic to for the world. Apart from that, the EP is damn near impressive.
A four-track EP may feed off to people as a lesser deal, but the truth is, it sets up for quite an extensive breach leading up to her debut album, which could come in months or years, and the EP could prove to be the tipping point.
There's a sense of resurgence that Meghan Trainor installs into this EP that doesn't come across as too stylish, too poppy, too shallow nor even too ventured into mainstream. It has the thin line of threading all of the categories, but justifies it as an EP of the current scope of music now.
The tracks Title, Dear Future Husband (which sounds just like Olly Murs' Dance With Me Tonight track, which coincidentally or incidentally, sounds similar to Christina Aguilera's Candyman) and Close Your Eyes all provide solid foundation, hooking melodies (for the first two tracks), and vocals that does not seem to cheat. What do I mean by that?
The reason I believe that this EP was good is because of Meghan Trainor's voice alone. There are no mis-timed vocal inflections nor weird falsettos that jeopardize the tracks nor feel annoying, and there is a sense of confidence and potent songwriting that sticks out and does not seem to be let go. This is in part with straight-forward lyrics and very good instrumentation and production that simply lends to her strengths. Apart from some phrases being cringe-worthy, this is an EP you definitely have to check out.
EP Rating: 4/5
Favourite Tracks: Title, Dear Future Husband, Close Your Eyes
Meghan Trainor's Title EP will possibly raise the ceiling for her debut album, and I am keen to listen to it.
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