Pop and polemic, hand in hand

Meghan Trainor reck­ons you’re inch per­fect – and we’d have to agree

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - JIM CAR­ROLL

There are sev­eral ways to ap­pre­ci­ate the song of the sea­son that is Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass. For a start, it’s a slinky, sassy, su­perb tune, tai­lor-made to be shak­ing its stuff all over your ra­dio with its al­lur­ing doo-wop tones and wonky pop drops. The video is also vi­ral-friendly eye-candy, with 70 mil­lion YouTube views to date and count­ing.

Then, more im­por­tantly, there’s the body-pos­i­tive mes­sage wrapped in the lyrics of this most bo­da­cious of tunes. Be­tween call­ing out the fash­ion me­dia’s abuse of Pho­to­shop and chal­leng­ing the idea that all pop stars should be size zero minxes, the 20-year-old Mas­sachusetts’ na­tive sets out her stall in favour of those with “all the right junk in all the right places”.

It’s a sweet and smart track that man­ages to do a hell of a lot in just a cou­ple of min­utes. Like Bey­oncé, Nicki Mi­naj, Jen­nifer Lopez and oth­ers have done be­fore her, Trainor posits that there’s plenty of room for those who don’t nec­es­sar­ily fit into the care­fully cal­i­brated body mea­sure­ments that usu­ally hold sway in po­p­land.

A song which cel­e­brates that “ev­ery inch of you is per­fect from the bot­tom to the top” is a blessed re­lief from the non­sense of the mes­sages usu­ally trans- mit­ted in pop lyrics and videos.

We cer­tainly need more de­fi­ant tunes like this – and we’d like if they came just as bright and bub­bly. Sub­ver­sive tunes only work when you re­mem­ber the pop as well as the polemic.

Meghan Trainor: body-pos­i­tive mes­sage wrapped in the lyrics

of a bo­da­cious tune

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