After a very bubblegum pop EP, more than a year of waiting, and so many pushing-offs of the release date (November 17th to February 3rd), girl group Fifth Harmony's debut album is finally here! It features collaborations with Kid Ink, Meghan Trainor, Tyga and credits songriters and producers such as Stargate, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Harmony Samuels and Julian Bunetta. Unsurprisingly, it's full of songs that will be on repeat for days or weeks for their fans. The pleasant surprise is the overpowering message of girlpower, with songs that aren't pining over guys like in Leave My Heart Out of This and Who Are You from Better Together. Instead, the girls know their worth now, and a general theme of the album is "I know what I deserve, and you can leave if you don't give me it." There is still plenty of room for improvement on the lyrical front, however, and it's notable that this album actually features no tracks co-written by any of the members.
Meghan Trainor: One-hit-wonder. Or maybe not, considering that her debut album (if you don't consider her previous independent releases) peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Scratch that, definitely not. Overall, Title is enjoyable, notwithstanding the songs that seem to be on there with the sole purpose of crowd pleasing or applying to the most listeners possible. I especially enjoy seeing the songs that connect to country music, recruiting Nashville co-writers such as Brett James and Caitlyn Smith, and name-dropping the Bluebird Café.
I didn't end up posting any singles rundowns between August and October, so I figure that it'd be a good idea to compile a bunch of the singles released recently for more posts. In this post: Sheppard, lots of Meghan Trainor, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, etc.
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