October 21, 2022 Meghan Trainor – Takin’ It Back (Album Review)
Active in the entertainment world since 2009, but initially rising to mainstream success in 2014, Meghan Trainor has grown a lot through the years. Known for her soulful voice, she has won a Grammy Award, offered her voice to films, and become an international superstar. Highly praised, Trainor now returns on October 21, 2022 with her latest studio album entitled Takin’ It Back.
Released via Epic Records, it comes two years after her albums Treat Myself and A Very Trainor Christmas, both released back in 2020. A somewhat return to form for Trainor, Takin’ It Back finds the singer utilizing the doo-wop sound that made her 2015 Title debut album so successful. Complete with fifteen songs that last for just over forty-five minutes, is the blast from the past magic yet again?
A valid question, the answer really lies in the ears of each individual listener. Looking back, Title had a retro sound that was both refreshing and charming. So, if you were a fan of that, then you are probably going to appreciate what Trainor tries to accomplish with Takin’ It Back. These thoughts in mind, the new album kicks off with the acoustic/a cappella styled “Sensitive.” Setting the mood, Trainor eases you into what the album has in store and this includes the catchy more Pop “Made You Look,” title-track and the more danceable “Shook.”
Meanwhile “Bad for Me,” featuring Teddy Swims, is a more melancholic piece leading the way for the soft, beautiful “Superwoman” which fades flawlessly into “Rainbow.” “Rainbow” is another mellow trip that will get under your skin before slowly picking up the pace. On the other end of the spectrum “Breezy” has an island vibe, “Mama Wanna Mambo” a tango dance floor feeling, and “Drama Queen” continues with a catchy rhythm. Bringing it back down, “While We’re Young” is dressed with a sweet swaying melody, but “Lucky” is more of a sexy fling type song that will certainly make you smirk. Rounding it all out is the upbeat “Dance About It” and romantically irresistible “Final Breath.”
In the end, Meghan Trainor has created yet another fun album that will pull you both onto the dance floor… as well as underneath the sheets. Filled with great melodies, catchy rhythms, solid lyrics, and strong vocals, it feels like a sincere effort from the singer. That is why Cryptic Rock is pleased Meghan Trainor has returned to her roots and gives Takin’ It Back 4 out of 5 stars.