I was never a huge fan of Taylor Swift. Sure, I thought her more popular singles were catchy and well written. Regardless, she never grasped me enough to want to personally seek her out. I don’t know if that was due to my not being a huge fan of the country music genre or if I just personally failed to connect with Taylor’s image at the time. Like Swift’s recent decision to switch over to pop, I’m now changing my tune as well.
My favorite Taylor Swift songs have always been the more upbeat ones. Those songs with an infectious hook that easily get stuck in your head, like 22, I Knew You Were Trouble, Love Story, You Belong With Me, etc. With 1989, her latest album and crossover to pop music, I was hesitant about owning the album – thanks to her bold refusal to make 1989 available on Spotify – because I simply wanted to hear more of it first.
Knowing there was no other way to listen to remaining tracks of 1989 aside from purchasing the album, I took the plunge and bought it anyways. After listening, I’m glad I did.
The truth is, I’m a fan of pop music and always have been. I’m also an 80’s baby, which is the sonic vibe Swift’s latest album will give you since it is named after her year of birth. It starts with the bubbly new empire state anthem Welcome To New York and moves on to one of the album’s most addictive tracks entitled Blank Space. Taylor gets personal on Blank Space, resembling her signature sound, brilliant wordplay and catchy hook over a bass heavy pop beat. Next is Style, where Swift takes us right back to the 80’s in a way that is still relevant and her own ‘style.’ Definitely a must listen.
Out of the Woods comes after, then All You Had To Do Was Stay. Both are decent tracks with a smooth flow. Shake It Off follows, accompanied by I Wish You Would. Bad Blood and Wildest Dreams are next and happen to be personal favorites of mine. Bad Blood because of Taylor’s soaring vocals over that bumping beat. Wildest Dreams because of it’s dreamy sound and extremely catchy chorus that resembles remnants of Swift’s country past.
How You Get The Girl is the next song and features a memorable lyrical instructional from Taylor. This Love follows, taking the album in a slower direction. I Know Places surprisingly speeds it up when Taylor starts to almost give off a hip-hop vibe during the song’s breakdown and Clean concludes the album, slowing it back down again to a finish.
The verdict is, 1989 is a well-flowing, consistent sonic journey full of surprises. It’s sprinkled with lyrical elements that seem to ring true to the singer’s public image, however intentional the wording may be. 1989 is an easy record to fall in love with, if given the chance.
I didn’t personally connect to every track, but appreciate the general vibe of the record and took a legitimate liking to most of it. Taylor’s vocals remain consistently strong throughout the whole production. The lyrics are well written and feature a slew of potential singles that can easily get stuck in your head for weeks.
1989 is a fun, throwback-infused, and well produced accompaniment on the ride that is Taylor Swift‘s pursuit of the pop genre. One she – in my opinion – has executed successfully.
My favorite lyric on 1989 is in the song Blank Space, where Taylor coos, “Cause darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”
I know, I officially need some Swiftamine…