Taylor Swift: “1989”

by Sue Guynn. 0 Comments

cheer. go new york!
no instruments were harmed in the recording of this song.
new place.
new sound. new voice.
are we out of the woods yet, are we out of the woods yet, are we out of the woods yet? shake it off!

liking this. what!


“1989.” That’s something Taylor Swift’s mother and I have in common — we both have daughters born in 1989. Mine went into medicine, hers into music.
And while I’m super proud of all three of my kids, it’s Mrs. Swift’s daughter’s latest project that gets the space today.
“1989” is the first official pop album by the artist formerly known as “country pop,” and her fifth studio album for Big Machine Records. And like the four previous albums, this one is personal with a message for her critics who say she can’t … sing, dance, keep a boyfriend, fill in the blank (wait, she can do that) … in a song she wrote “about an important lesson I learned recently … that people can say whatever they want about me, but they can’t make me lose my mind. I’ve learned how to shake things off.” It’s the lead single, “Shake It Off,” and, yep, her critics were there wagging their critical fingers.
I liked it the first time I heard it (and saw the video). I find myself spontaneously singing bits of the chorus throughout the day — it’s infectious! So is the beat heavy “Out of the Woods” — “are we out of the woods yet? are we out of the woods yet? are we out of the woods yet?”
I had a Enya moment with “This Love,” which has that ethereal sound the Irish artist is known for.
Taylor has said “1989” is her favorite of her five albums. Vocally, it may be my favorite, too. There’s some new depth to her voice that isn’t there on her previous albums.
“1989” is the next chapter in the evolution of Taylor Swift. As she writes in the liner notes, “For the last few years, “I’ve woken up every day not wanting, but needing to write a new style of music,” and was inspired by the music from the decade she was born. There are songs about moving to NYC, and about love, but not the romantic fantasy Prince Charming kind of love of previous albums, rather the reality of relationships that struggle to survive and fail. And learning — from mistakes and to shake it off.
As a country music fan (and a Taylor fan), “1989” is another “amazing” album. I very rarely listen to pop music, and when I’m scanning the radio, a pop song has about five seconds to catch before I’m on to the next station. That’s how I rate a song, would I stop “seeking” if I heard this song on the radio? I’d say for 11 out of 13 would.
Taylor will perform “Blank Space,” the new single from “1989,” at the American Music Awards on Nov. 23 (8 to 11 p.m. on ABC). The “1989” World Tour kicks off May 20 in Louisiana and stops at Nationals Park in D.C. on July 13.
Rating: 5



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