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Album Review: 1989

Posted on November 24, 2014 in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture
By Krysteana Scribner

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

Taylor Swifts new album, 1989, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling over 1,287,000 copies in its first week of release. Her new songs give off a pop vibe, and although she strays away from her country norm her popularity continues to increase.

“Out of the Woods” bursts with erupting drums, fluxuating synths and unexpected electric guitars chords that both surprise and intrigue listeners. Although her songs tell the stereotypical sap stories of love at first sight that sooner or later falls apart, this album gives off a different vibe that suggests Swift knows she get’s criticism for her lyrics but no longer cares for the people who do not care about her.

One of her hit singles from the album “Shake It Off” has catchy, rhythmic beats that entrance listeners that can’t help but sing along. Unlike many of her other songs, the lyrics in this tune seem to suggest that regardless of the hate she receives, she continues to shake off the criticism and do what she does best. “I go on too many dates / But I can’t make them stay / At least that’s what people say.”

Her most pronounced vocal change is on “Wildest Dreams,” where Swift’s vocal range tells the tale of dangerous love. In the verses, Swift sings drowsily, as if trying to seduce her listeners with her lyrics. She sings, “No one has to know what we do / His hands are in my hair / His clothes are in my room.”

In another hit single, “Blank Space” gives lyrics with mischievous intent, suggesting that the price of being in love comes with the torture of holding that relationship together. This song has a pop essence that differs from her once innocent country style of music, but continues to hold the theme of her life as a dating disaster. She sings, “

This song as well as many others in the album ultimately suggest that Swift is both powerful and understanding of her flaws and has learned to accept them as time has gone on.

In all, Swift’s new album hits the mark with the perfect combination of drum programming, synthesizers, pulsating bass and processed backing vocals, which leave listeners humming the tune all day. Although her lyrics are all themed in the same boring way, her ability to twist the topic into yet another love story is impressive and puts her in the deserving spot of number one on US Billboard 200.

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