BCait Brennan, Sept. 25, 2014.

Meghan Trainor | Title | Epic Records | 

“Fancy” schmancy, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” was the real song of the summer, and it’s the reigning Billboard and iTunes #1 smash with over 52 million YouTube and Vevo views, too. While her full-length album a few months off, this four-tack EP will keep fans shake-shaking it in the meantime.

The 20-year-old from Nantucket, who got her first songwriting deal at 18, draws on influences far beyond her years, from ’50s and ’60s pop and vocals to the Soca sounds of Trinidad, and you’ll hear them all on Title. “Bass” is here in all its glory, plus three choice new songs.

The “Title” track (sorry, couldn’t resist) is brilliant, with hand-claps, uke and charm to spare, all that sweetness contrasting with Trainor’s adorably tough lyrics: “Baby, don’t call me your friend, If I hear that word again, you might never get a chance to see me naked in your bed … consider this an invitation to kiss my ass goodbye.” Seriously, don’t friendzone that bass, bro!

“Dear Future Husband” lays down the law with a list of dos and don’ts spelled out in ’60s-girl-group style that would do any diva proud. “Close Your Eyes” is an Xtina-worthy ballad with an inspirational message: “Show the world the you inside/Raise your voice and close your eyes/’Cause you’re beautiful.” Title is a beautiful and very fun interlude from an artist on the way to even greater things.

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