Meghan Trainor: Thank You review dance pop hurtles into romantic mush

After the mega-selling All About That Bass, Meghan Trainors second major-label album is supposedly influenced by Elvis, Aretha Franklin and, er, Olly Murs. One can imagine the King purring the acoustic Just a Friend in one of his bad films, but theres lots of trademark Trainor: butt-wobbling, retro R&B and ostensible female-empowerment anthems that on closer inspection pander to the male gaze. In Woman Up a reworking of Ashley Roberts 2014 flop, by the same writing-production team the 22-year-old suggests, Put your favourite heels on, cos they make you feel strong. On her recent hit No she rebuts unwanted male advances with a swing of her hips. Contradictions abound as dance pop hurtles into Caribbean flavours and romantic mush. The funky I Love Me is a bit self-help-manual-with-beats, but Trainor sounds joyously empowered. Ultimately, much of Thank You is a bit of a hotchpotch, after her initial efforts were rejected and main producer Ricky Reed called on to conjure up some hits.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/12/meghan-trainor-thank-you-review-pop

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