I think I have mentioned this before in my previous entries. I don’t even remember anymore, since I have abandoned my blogging for the second half of 2014, all because of one certain MMORPG and… the people in there. In fact, I have pretty much abandoned all my usual loves of reading, writing, web designing/developing, and watching and following Asian Pop Cultures due to my other hobby/interest that I rarely mention in this blog: gaming.
Anyway, as a start of a full-written blog entry for the first month of 2015, I would like to talk about the very first (digital) album that I have purchased that’s not from the old skool to the indie-ish to the foreign pop category since I can’t remember anymore. Why I bought this particular album by this particular artist? Let’s just say, this album has fused a lot of the musical genres that I really dig as I was growing up. If you also took the time to purchase Meghan Trainor‘s debut album, Title, you’ll see what I mean with those genres.
Late summer of last year, there was also a new radio station that played classic hip-hop and R&B that I used to listen (and love) to from middle school to high school, as well as the latest popular hits of today. When I first heard of on that radio station, I had to look it up in the internet to find the singer behind this infectious, “being real”-friendly song. It’s funny that I ended up digging this song, not because of its infectious tune and beat, but also because of the message within the lyrics.1
So, after a few seconds of Googling, I found her name. I even read a bit of her bio and her accomplishments that got her to the mainstream music scene. A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist… there have been plenty of artists in the current industry that has all the talents Meghan Trainor possesses, but sorry to say, but I feel that she has given a lot of tribute and respect to the past genres that evolved in to what we’re hearing on the radio and seeing on MTV nowadays, from the ’60s girl groups style, a bit of classic R&B, with a hint of bubblegum pop.2 Second of all, I get to hear her raw vocals in those songs and none of that overused auto-tune that we’ve been hearing in most mainstream songs today.3 Last, but not least, the lyrics… lyrics that actually mean something and relatable to everyone. I wouldn’t say it’s completely “Rated PG,” since there’s a bit of swearing here and there, but still, the content within those lyrics truly relate to everyday life.4
Seriously, today’s modern generation should have more songs like the ones we’re hearing from this album. In that way, parents won’t have to repeat what their own parents and grandparents have been blurting out to their children regarding the types of music they listen to: “awful crap on the radio.”5 I’m not going to say that Meghan Trainor’s songwriting style is all-out brand-new, although songwriting altogether should be something original. I would rather call it refreshing. It’s very rare that I would write reviews or simply just write about the types of music I have come across in this blog, however, I am writing about this because I just had to.
Highly recommended for those who are seeking something different from today’s mainstream music. Beautiful melodies, soothing harmonies, relatable lyrics…
Just simply refreshing.
On the sidenote...
- For those who are familiar with this song, the message of the lyrics is basically about being positive about your body size and weight and not be ashamed of it. There’s also the occasional bashing of those whose got “toothpick” bodies. I have been overweight and obese for majority of my early adult years, however, ever since I started working at my current job, I have lost a massive 20-30 lbs according to my doctor from last December’s doctor appointment. [↩]
- I think that’s what it’s called…? [↩]
- thus the blog entry title above… [↩]
- as in none of that “money and sex” themes and anything related unlike most of the “pop songs” we’ve been hearing lately, which had been a personal turn off for me since the 2000s decade began. [↩]
- … or something similar to that…? [↩]