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==Critical Reception==
 
==Critical Reception==
"Title" received mixed reviews from critics.
 
 
In a positive review, Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly stated that the album "will endear [Trainor] equally to grandmas and the vintage-loving kids who borrow their cardigans" and called it "real-girl pop with massive charm". Maerz also wrote that the record would boost Trainor's popularity as an artist.
 
 
Rolling Stone reviewer Chuck Arnold called the album "charmingly old-fashioned" and commended Trainor for co-writing each of its tracks.
 
 
Carl Wilson of Billboard stated that the messages in the album's songs "[are what] Trainor's fans want and need to hear, but they get repetitive, and the retro musical framing sometimes threatens to make her healthy-values emphasis seem dully quaint and cloying".
 
 
He added, "Aside from an understandable naïveté, Trainor's weaknesses are her stylistic cherry-picking and her compulsion to appear adorably relatable and socially correct ... her career will live well beyond her breakout year if she can mature into the originality and messiness of her humanity with the same vivaciousness".
 
 
In a mixed review, Marc Hirsh of The Boston Globe wrote that the album was "for better or for worse, more of the same" as "All About That Bass". Hirsh commended the album's sass and "infectiousness" but felt it was "secondhand" and dismissed Trainor as a "plunderer first and foremost".
 
 
New York Daily News journalist Jim Farber complimented Trainor's "large" voice and "witty" writing style on the album; however, Farber said that "over the course of the album she crosses the line from confident to smug", adding, "The fact that she often harmonizes with herself only emphasizes the image of self-containment".
 
 
The Daily Telegraph's Helen Brown called Title "relentlessly cute" and felt it showcased "plenty of wit, and watertight tunes"; however, Brown went on to comment that with the album Trainor offers "as many empty calories as the most vacuous TV talent show contestant", and opined that "she needs to read more self-help than she spouts".
 
 
Slant Magazine's Alexa Camp opined that the album's "blue-eyed soul is ultimately just pale" and commented: "It's unclear how Trainor's otherwise retro shtick is sustainable, as evidenced by similar artists like Duffy seeing their careers quickly wane. After all, Trainor is no Amy Winehouse, lacking both that singer's raw emotive talent and Back to Black's ability to infuse her period sound with a distinctly 21st-century sonic and lyrical sophistication."
 
 
Spin writer Dan Weiss said, "If Title ends up being a gateway for body-conscious adolescents [...], more power to it", adding, "But if she was actually as clever as her press release and titled the album It Girl With Staying Power, she might actually have staying power".
 
 
In a negative review, Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Title is "cheerful, crafty, yet vexing", and that it "basically offers a dozen variations on 'All About That Bass'".
 
 
Wood went on to criticize the record's opposing themes as "unexamined" and said Trainor's use of certain vocal patterns are "typically associated with black singers".
 
 
Tshepo Mokoena of The Guardian said the album is "full of lyrical contradictions" and lacks consistency. Mokoena also wrote, "Come for catchy hooks sung in an affected Southern accent, not for insightful and, intimate songwriting."
 
 
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