Meghan Trainor “Takin’ It Back” (Epic Records)
Meghan Trainor is back with the doo-wop style music that made her famous, but this time with a twist.
Her new album, Takin’ It Back, isn’t your usual journey of self-love, it’s a more mature trainer. Riding the ups and downs we all secretly go through, it’s a moment of self-doubt and grief that bursts with confidence, sprinkled with reassuring realities.
Like her single “Don’t I Make It Look Easy,” Meghan talks about filtering out the truth and letting the world see the best in you.
Since her last album, Trainor has grown up herself, married and become a mother, and shares everything she’s learned along the way.
From start to finish, this album feels like a therapy session. Trainor’s lyrics are not only a wise voice on a cloudy rainy day, but they reflect our fears in the mirror.
Don’t get me wrong. Like life, this album isn’t a slow song about introspection, it’s an uplifting and fun experience.
Like the single “Made You Look,” a loud and sexy trainer sings, “I could wear Louis Vuitton, but it must have made you look good wearing nothing.” there is Music Her video is family-friendly, featuring the singer’s best friend and her TikToker, Chris Olsen, and former “Spy Kids” actor and her husband, Darryl, her Sabara.
Additionally, Trainor experiment with different musical genres, like the track “Mama Likes Mambo”. Featuring Dominican singer Natti Natasha and Cuban-American musician Arturo Sandoval, this song is sure to get you in the mood to dance.
Trainor’s lyrics on track 12, “While You’re Young,” feel like a familiar, sometimes even unconscious voice in our heads that we always ignore.
She tries to shake off all worries and asks us to be more vulnerable. “You’re just starting out and you’re good enough/And I know it doesn’t help with the pain, but have you ever tried dancing in the rain?/Do you feel this way?” Not only.”
The album ends with the slow track “Final Breath,” returning to its emotional core. Just like the best therapy sessions do right before sending you out into the real world.
Meghan sings, “If I could, I’d do it all over again,” and ending this genre and emotional swing makes me feel less alone and reassured that I’m not going through it all alone.
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