Megan Trainor’s latest, “No Excuses,” is all about respect: for yourself and for others. Inspired by recent events, it could become a rallying cry for the #metoo and TimesUp movement.
Trainor’s a music biz heavyweight with a moral compass and a clear point of view. She’s passionate about female empowerment, which she expresses in her music and in interviews.
“No Excuses” is timely and charming, a perfectly polished Top 40 and Adult Top 40 A-list level song, but– can it outshine “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves,” a 1986 hit with Aretha Franklin at her finest and Annie Lennox* beyond her finest, both vibrating at warp speed, frenetic, penetrating, intense energy, with a similar message of self respect? Apropos of the times, it leans “feminist.”
All three ladies are having fun, strutting, flirting and singing joyously.
24-year old Trainor isn’t our (Boomer) demo—but she’s important and talented and you’ll want to at least be aware of who she is and what she sounds like.
Her third, as yet untitled album will be released later this year.
*Technically, “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves,” is The Eurhythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart) plus Aretha Franklin).