Much of Thank You – the follow-up to 2015’s 2m-selling Title – finds Meghan Trainor ditching her All About That Bass doo-wop shtick in favour of 90s chart R&B. Unfortunately, the core problem remains – Trainor just isn’t a convincing pop star. While the Britney-lite lead single No has its moments, most of the other songs are identity-free filler. Me Too’s bragging (“If I was you I’d wanna be me too”), for example, sounds misplaced, while the toe-curling “anthem” Woman Up (“You’re more than good enough”) is plain embarrassing. Just when you think things can’t get worse, however, Mom shows up, featuring a cameo from her actual mum, Kelli. No thank you.
Meghan Trainor: Thank You review – still an unconvincing pop star
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