Meghan Trainor, she of the 2014 mega-hit “All About That Bass”, treads a narrow line between self-empowerment and self-satisfaction on her second album, Thank You.
“I feel so good, like James Brown in his day,” she yowls on “Watch Me Do”, a preposterous comparison made even more absurd by the genial, Bruno Mars-style pop-funk to which it is set.
“Woman Up” has a wonderfully catchy pure-pop chorus that works hard to hide the song’s reliance on Beyoncé and Rihanna: it fails.
Trainor, a versatile vocalist, showcases her pipes on the comically titled power ballad “Kindly Calm Me Down”. But the song’s utterly generic nature highlights the flaw in her assertions of self-worth: a complacent lack of originality.