15 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the six busy years since Meghan Trainor released “All About That Bass,” the winking doo-wop throwback that made her a viral sensation, the Grammy-winning pop star dropped two albums, toured the world, judged TV talent shows, and collaborated with Kaskade and CNCO. But her biggest strides, she says, have come in her relationship with herself. The singer’s panoramic and upbeat third album, aptly titled TREAT MYSELF, honors her commitment to making music for herself rather than bending to others, and is easily her most confident work to date. She spans a broad range of styles and influences—from tender, gospel-inflected balladry (“Babygirl”) to slick R&B with “Truffle Butter”-esque synths ("Nice to Meet Ya" featuring Nicki Minaj)—but her sweet spot is the glossy R&B-pop that shaped her youth. “Genetics,” a slick early-oughts take on Top 40 disco funk (it even has a chorus that spells out the song title), features none other than than The Pussycat Dolls. Trainor makes a point to look ahead, too, arranging several of the collaborations here to spotlight new artists she believes in. Up-and-comers Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan, for example, guest on “Workin’ On It,” a heartfelt resolution to be kinder to herself. “Never liked compliments ’cause it’s always been so hard believing them,” she sings, “but I’m workin’ on it.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the six busy years since Meghan Trainor released “All About That Bass,” the winking doo-wop throwback that made her a viral sensation, the Grammy-winning pop star dropped two albums, toured the world, judged TV talent shows, and collaborated with Kaskade and CNCO. But her biggest strides, she says, have come in her relationship with herself. The singer’s panoramic and upbeat third album, aptly titled TREAT MYSELF, honors her commitment to making music for herself rather than bending to others, and is easily her most confident work to date. She spans a broad range of styles and influences—from tender, gospel-inflected balladry (“Babygirl”) to slick R&B with “Truffle Butter”-esque synths ("Nice to Meet Ya" featuring Nicki Minaj)—but her sweet spot is the glossy R&B-pop that shaped her youth. “Genetics,” a slick early-oughts take on Top 40 disco funk (it even has a chorus that spells out the song title), features none other than than The Pussycat Dolls. Trainor makes a point to look ahead, too, arranging several of the collaborations here to spotlight new artists she believes in. Up-and-comers Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan, for example, guest on “Workin’ On It,” a heartfelt resolution to be kinder to herself. “Never liked compliments ’cause it’s always been so hard believing them,” she sings, “but I’m workin’ on it.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
503 Ratings

503 Ratings

retssnl ,

Great

I cannot wait!! This is the ONE album I will fully purchase. I was so disappointed when the list was removed.

WheresJohnStamos ,

Please just stop

When will the over-saturation of corporate pop garbage stop? It's so bad it's laughable.

njbrown16 ,

Best Album Yet!!

Love all the songs. I can relate to everyone of them! To the haters: If you have nothing nice to say then don’t say and listen to different music! ITS THAT EASY CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?

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