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The Love Train

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Meghan Trainor 28//2019

Review

Released just in time for Valentine's Day 2019, The Love Train could be seen as a celebration of romance coming from a singer who had reason to extol the virtues of love. Meghan Trainor married actor Daryl Sabara on December 22 -- her 25th birthday -- just months before The Love Train, so it makes sense that the record is filled with songs about romance, including "Marry Me," a light, skipping tune that recalls Jason Mraz at his sweetest. Certainly, new love is a good story -- almost as good a story as the EP's ridiculously overheated and carnal press release, which went viral the week of the record's release -- but it does disguise how The Love Train is camouflaging the continued delay of Treat Myself, Trainor's third album, which was scheduled for release in late 2018. The Love Train does suggest why Treat Myself may be delayed: it's heavy on soaring ballads and persistent dance-pop that don't quite fit into the trends of the late 2010s. Often, the music feels strangely outdated, not stylish enough be a retro throwback, not contemporary enough to be a hit (this is especially true of "Foolish," with its stiff rap, and the gospel overtones of "Good Morning"). If these songs were heard on an album, they could've accentuated how Trainor is slightly out of step with the times, but on this breezy, stopgap EP, they can be passed off as a holiday gift for fans anxious for a full-length album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 All the Ways Meghan Trainor 2:53
  3. 2 Marry Me Meghan Trainor 3:34
  4. 3 I'm Down Meghan Trainor 3:14
  5. 4 After You Meghan Trainor 3:23
  6. 5 Foolish Meghan Trainor 3:17
  7. 6 Good Mornin' Meghan Trainor 3:24

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