Meghan Trainor let out a little squeal of pride when I told her she would never be called a one-hit wonder after the success of her follow-up single "Lips Are Movin'." It was well-deserved. After all, pop music is cluttered with artists who hit as big as Trainor did with "All About That Bass" then never struck again.
Meghan Trainor won't have that problem. Her debut "Title" (Epic) is filled with future hits she co-wrote that show off a variety of influences cobbled together into a style she can call her own.
Trainor builds on the combination of girl-group-pop and hip-hop that fuels "Bass" and "Lips." "Walkashame" makes the most of the sweet harmonies, before it adds the big hip-hop beats. "Mr. Almost" is Andrews Sisters-cute, too, until Shy Carter tosses in his very current rhymes. It's a catchy formula that should fill the airwaves for the rest of the year, faltering only on the clumsy ode to drummers, "Bang Dem Sticks."
Trainor is at her best, though, in the more timeless songs. The island-tinged "No Good for You" is a sunny treat, while the classic-sounding soul ballad "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," with John Legend, will stick with 21-year-old Trainor throughout her sure-to-be-lengthy career.
THE GRADE B+
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