What I love about Meghan Trainor is her unabashed love of the wholesomely inane musical style of the 1950s & 60s Post-Doo-Wop-Pre-Woodstock girl groups. “All About That Bass,” her 2015 breakout hit, now has a companion, with “Dear Future Husband.” Both songs share the same shiny, “happy” lyrics matched with blindingly-retro pastel colors.
“All About The Bass” was a comically self-empowering ode to “owning” her “full-figured” self , rejecting the “Barbie Doll” ideal of perfectly proportioned perfection.
I see the magazines working that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real. Come on now, make it stop
If you got beauty beauty just raise ’em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top
“Dear Future Husband” is another hilarious throw-back to the 50s & 60s, but this time the music is more reminiscent of the over-the-top retro-Broadway shows “Grease” and “Hairspray.” Even with the dubious title of “Dear Future Husband,” the song works amazingly well as a dance tune at weddings. The beat is so playfully infectious and easy to dance to. while the lyrics are subtly persuasive as a female empowerment anthem:
You got that nine to five, but baby so do I
So don’t be thinking I’ll be home and baking apple pies
I never learned to cook, but I can write a hook
Sing along with me. Sing, sing along with me.
Time will tell if Ms. Trainor’s skills as a singer allow her to branch out of her “kitsch” mode, which has defined her initial career breakthrough. But for now, I’ll be using take these singable knockout hits until people grow tired of dancing to them. It is nice to see someone with a unique voice and an equally unique quasi-socio-political message about body image.
Check out both songs, and get ready to dance.