Meghan Trainor has finally released her long-awaited fourth full-length album, Takin’ It Back. Working closely alongside Gian Stone, Federico Vindver, Sean Douglas, and her brothers, Ryan and Justin Trainor, this record was brought to life in her home studio.
My 4th album #TakinItBack is out now😭 Thank you to every single person who worked on this album (you know who you are and I love you forever😘) Thank you to the fans for keeping me going! And thank you to my family and my sweet baby boy Riley for inspiring me to work harder 💖 pic.twitter.com/L8TTuBpe9A
— Meghan Trainor (@Meghan_Trainor) October 21, 2022
In talking about the new 16-track album, Trainor said, “I tried to do the doo-wop feel I had at the beginning of my career, but the 2022 version of it. This is from the new Meghan who is a wife and mom with a baby. This is from me right now. I decided to give the people what they want, but with my spices added to it. I wanted to make my Title 2.0.”
The first single released from the album, “Bad For Me” featuring Teddy Swims, is a throwback to her doo-wop roots with harmonies emphasizing a simmering groove. The second release, “Don’t I Make It Look Easy,” is a catchy and energizing pop anthem that was also a shout-out to mothers who do it all while making it look so easy.
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) October 21, 2022
Along with the album’s release, Trainor also dropped the music video for her new single, “Made You Look.” Along Meghan’s side, you might recognize some familiar TikTok personalities such as Chris Olsen, Remi Bader, Becca Means, Drew Afualo along with JoJo Siwa, Scott Hoying, and Trainor’s husband, Daryl Sabara.
Regarding “Made You Look”, Trainor said, “After having a baby, I struggled really hard to feel sexy. I actually wrote this song when I was ass-naked singing the chorus in the shower. I can wear all of these gorgeous things, but I look better without all of that shit on. I wrote a self-love anthem for myself. Even though you had a baby, went through it, and your body shows it, you’re still sexy.”
Other highlights from the album include “Breezy”, featuring Theron Theron, “Mama Wanna Mambo”, featuring Natti Natasha & Arturo Sandoval, and “Sensitive”, featuring Scott Hoying.
Overall, Takin’ It Back uses Trainor’s classic harmonies and doo-wops to produce anthem after anthem all while looking into Trainor’s journey from marriage, to motherhood, to gaining a new level of confidence.