Wave (feat. Mike Sabath) Nice to Meet Ya (feat. Nicki Minaj) Funk Babygirl Workin’ On It (feat. Lennon Stella & Sasha Sloan) Ashes Lie To Me Here To Stay Blink Genetics (feat. The Pussycat Dolls) Evil Twin After You (feat. AJ Mitchell) Another Opinion No Excuses Have You Now
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 singers 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 influencesfrom tender, gospel-inflected balladry (Babygirl) to Truffle Butter samples (“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 its always been so hard believing them, she sings, but Im workin on it.