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"All About That Bass" spread throughout the globe with the speed of a pandemic disease, and its viral nature neatly camouflaged how Meghan Trainor was no naïve ingénue. She landed a publishing deal at the age of 18 and had one of her songs recorded by pop-country superstars Rascal Flatts, show-biz bona fides that belied her Internet sensation status. Title, Trainor's full-length debut, suggests this tactic was deliberate: snag an audience via a near-novelty, then rely on her well-honed craft for the rest of the record. Certainly, echoes of "All About That Bass" can be heard throughout Title, particularly in how she and her chief collaborator Kevin Kadish balance a love of old-fashioned girl group pop with old-school hip-hop, but the cumulative effect of the album's 15 tracks is to shift attention away from her cutesy style to her songwriting skills. Admittedly, Trainor is eager to embrace her enthusiasm for musical theater -- she's the first post-Glee pop star, consciously putting on a show as she sways between rapped verses and cabaret choruses, liberally borrowing from Dion's "Runaround Sue" for "Dear Future Husband," making sure that she laughs after delivering a pun on her own last name -- but over the course of a record the affectations don't seem quite as potent as they do when they're distilled to a single. By the time the record winds its way around to the Motown bounce of "Lips Are Movin" -- a single equally inspired by vintage 45s and Amy Winehouse's snazzy new-millennial revival that's the best song here -- Trainor's giddiness has become ingratiating, so it's easier to warm to her considerable skill at pastiche and performance. Far from consigning her to one-hit wonder territory, the blend of strength of personality and music-biz savvy on Title shows that Meghan Trainor is clever enough to parlay a big hit into a real career.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2015
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888750168825
catalogNumber: 501688
Rank: 18420

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meghan Trainor   Primary Artist,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Jim Hoke   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Baron   Piano,Strings,French Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Kevin Kadish   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass (Vocal),Electric Guitar,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibraslap,Upright Bass,Vox Organ,Guitar (Nylon String),Hammond B3
John Legend   Vocals
Jeremy Lister   Background Vocals
Eleonore Denig   Violin
Chris Gelbuda   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Karen Thornton   Composer
Matthew Morales   Composer
David Baron   String Arrangements
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Kevin Kadish   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Sound Design
Todd Carey   Composer
Jason Angel   Engineer
Justin Weaver   Composer
Ben Fagan   Composer
Caitlin Smith   Composer
Meghan Trainor   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Chris Gelbuda   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Lisa Kasha   Marketing
Julio David Rodriguez   Composer
James G. Morales   Composer
Elev3n   Producer
Margeaux Rawson   Marketing

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