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Out with the old and in with the new; Taylor Swift’s 1989

Faith Riggs ’15

Staff Writer 

Taylor Swift dives into a blast from the past with her new 80’s pop infused album, 1989.

Swift is taking a totally different route from her usually sweet country anthems and she’s trading it in for a few sassy pop singles.

With Taylor’s initial single, “Shake It Off” we can definitely feel that she is exhibiting a new care free and confident vibe. Her inspiration stems from her recent move to the vast city of New York. Along her new music style she also sports a new reinvented look including a fierce choppy haircut and a fresh “ hipster chic” style.

 Swift’s album features 13 brand new tracks which all inhabit a very colorful and electric feel. While listening, I instantly feel as though I am transported into the world of Carrie Bradshaw in the hit tv series The Carrie Diaries. If you are unfamiliar with the show, Carrie, a stylish Manhattan teen who deals with friendship, fashion and boy problems, but randomly  breaks into the crazy New York fashion magazine environment in the 1980’s. While Taylor’s album may not be based on the series, some of the tracks may cause listeners to envision an extremely 80s club scene alongside Madonna. Personally, as soon as I hit the play button I felt as if I was thrown into a New York nightclub floor, dancing with Carrie and her friends.

My favorite songs on the album are “Welcome to New York”, “Blank Space”, and “Style”. The opening track,  “Welcome to New York” features upbeat melodies and an “in your face hook”, to describe the unshakable feeling of living in a city filled with endless possibilities.

The next song “Blank Space” includes Swift’s melodic voice along with a calm drum/instrumental beat. This song is for anyone who enjoys Swifts usual boy bashing anthems.

“Style” is a song that has a really cool fresh feel. The song would be a great addition in a Saturday night playlist. The whole album overall has an undeniable positive vibe that is infectious.

Although Taylor has experienced some hate when transitioning to a pop dominated album, overall she seems very confident about her work. In an album interview with 2dayFmSydney, Taylor states that her album comes from a place of newfound independence and freedom that she found in the city of New York. The connection of the 1980s influence stems from her admiration of the many changes that occurred in music and world culture during that time period. Taylor possibly felt a connection with the turning point of her life, in comparison to  turning point of the 80’s time period.

My overall opinion on the album is that I really like it. The only negative thing that I can really pinpoint is the fact that she did not include any collaborations. I would love to see Swift combine with other artists. I feel that adding others could have possibly added some extra “umph” to the album. Regardless, I really love the album and everything that it stands for. I would give the album 4.5 stars out of 5. I would recommend the album for fans of Taylor Swift as well as fans of pop music.

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