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All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

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A high-spirited bubble gum pop recording with a playful message of self-acceptance hidden in its frivolity.

Song: All About That Bass
Artist: Meghan Trainor
Album: Title
Songwriter: M.Trainor, K. Kadish
Producer: Kevin Kadish
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Concept
A musical romp that advocates celebrating one’s body even if its shape (especially the lower half) may not be in fashion.

Lyric
Trainor invites the audience to join her in promoting a positive body image. Because you know I'm all about that bass 'Bout that bass, no treble I'm all about that bass 'Bout that bass, no treble Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two But I can shake it, shake it, like I'm supposed to do 'Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase And all the right junk in all the right places I see the magazine workin' 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 Yeah, my mama she told me "don't worry about your size" She says, "Boys like a little more booty to hold at night" You know I won't be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll So if that what you're into, then go 'head and move along

Groove
An uptempo infectious syncopated 8th-note groove with a subtle Caribbean island feel propels the track throughout.

Melody
All three song sections have strong memorable contrasting melodic material in a bright major scale. The song is so catchy, one can’t help but sing along.

Harmony
Three simple major diatonic chords, I, ii, and V are used. I ii ii I I ii V I

Structure
Chorus Verse1 Verse2 Pre-Chorus Chorus2 Verse3 Pre-Chorus2 Chorus3 Chorus Chorus [CAAB CAB CCC]

Signature
No signature or intro. The recording jumps right into the chorus.

Production
The production is simple, transparent, and highly effective in conveying Trainor’s upbeat message.

Performance
Meghan’s vocal is full of spirit and character. She sings with confidence and conviction.

Predicted Longevity
“All About That Bass” is a welcome change of pace on the charts with its unique light-hearted appeal. Both the melody and lyrics stand out. Despite its lack of drama or social importance, for some reason I feel that this song will be on the airwaves for a long time. 4 stars on the “Cat Scale” from 1 to 5.

Album Cover: Title

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