Taylor Swift shakes off country style music

Julia Cherner

Taylor Swift released her much awaited first solely pop album, 1989, on Oct. 27 and released the music video for “Blank Space” Nov. 10.

Her days of singing about being stuck on the high school bleachers are over, and 1989 proves Swift’s transformation from the shy, country breakout artist she once was to the confident world superstar she is now. Although her songs may no longer be focused on the high-school drama that her primary audience related to, Swift’s new music is much more reflective of the almost 25-year-old’s life.

Taylor Swift 1989
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1989 starts off with the 1980’s-esque beat of “Welcome to New York,” which sets the upbeat mood for the rest of the album. It is about Swift’s move to New York City and the awe she felt of her new surroundings. Since 1989 is Swift’s first completely pop album, it makes sense she chose such a heavily synthesized song so different from her older ones to start the album so listeners can expect a new sound right off the bat.

“Bad Blood,” with it’s simple beat and wide vocal range, is about the falling out Swift had with a friend. Although Swift has written songs about the endings of her friendships before, this song is different. Instead of treading lightly around her emotions in an attempt to keep up her appearence of an innocent, happy-go-lucky girl, as she had previously done, Swift doesn’t hold back the anger she feels. This new, unhindered blast of emotions works to deepen the personal connection she’s fostering with the listener.

Not every song on the album was a hit though. “Wildest Dreams” felt too Lana Del Rey-esque and as though Swift was trying too hard to be someone she’s not. “This Love,” one of the only slower songs on the album, was bland and a little too reminiscent of her older albums with its familiar and played-out sound.

Swift also displays a newfound self-confidence in the album. Her first single released off this album, “Shake It Off,” is about her “haters” not bothering her. Her satirical “Blank Space” music video portrays Swift as who the public depicts her to be: insane, ruthless, and boy-crazy.

Recommended songs: “Blank Space” and “How You Get the Girl”