G’Morning, fellow music enthusiasts. Today, we’re talking about Taylor Swift’s brand-new album, 1989, which just dropped yesterday. For all of you who don’t like TS, please excuse this post (later this week will be back to the regularly scheduled blogging *wink*) and I know you’re probably tired of seeing this album and name everywhere on your social media timelines. The good news? There won’t be more Taylor here this week, though I cannot promise there won’t be Twitter chatter about #TS1989 and, I say ROCK ON those of you who tweeted about this yesterday – loved it.
My physical album isn’t here yet – boo! – and probably won’t arrive until the end of this week or next, though I did get the good news email it was shipped yesterday. But… despite my best efforts of course, I cheated and found some download links. I held off on downloading all of the tunes because come on, I have to have a few surprises, however I picked out several tracks – including the Target bonus tracks – and guys, I’m sorry, but yes, I heart these new songs from the artist. Here are the songs I have on my Windows Media Player and a few thoughts:
1989, Taylor Swift
1: Welcome to New York – a release ahead of the album’s official release, I enjoyed this song’s superficial message of awe upon coming to a new city. It’s upbeat and has some cool songwriting.
2: Blank Space – some of the song cues are awesome in this, like the sound effect right after the chorus words “blank space” (it sort of lends a audio aid to wiping the slate clean), but this one hasn’t fully grown on me – even with its sassiness (“…cause darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”) Yet. “…look at that face. You look like my next mistake.”
Look at that face, you look like my next mistake
3: Style – happy and plenty of swag, yep, another new TS favorite.
4: Out of the Woods – this song released last week ahead of the October 27th full-length album debut and it’s more in the style of Taylor’s “moody” songs even though the music is more upbeat, the lyrics tell a story of a will-they-or-won’t-they (stay together), reckless kind of relationship.
6: Shake it Off – you all know I heart this one. ‘Nuff said.
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9: Wildest Dreams – “say you’ll remember me… say you’ll see me again, even if it’s just in your wildest dreams…” Yep, pretty song – though it’s also one of the more “adult” songs.
12: I Know Places – not a favorite…
13: Clean – this one is about moving on and erasing memories of a past relationship, and has a pretty beat that isn’t “soft” like ‘Begin Again,’ but still pleasant in a moody kind of way.
14: Wonderland (Bonus Track) – unique is the best word to describe this song. Lots of Alice in Wonderland story cues.
Track 15: You are In Love (Bonus Track) – again, another “adult” love story, but I confess, I adore the melody of this song as well as how the lyrics flow.
Track 16: New Romantics (Bonus Track) – typically the same as track 15.
When it comes down to the end and defining Taylor’s sound, as so many have heralded, this IS a new era for this worldwide best-selling artist. The album is straight pop, and yet, in her own unique talent, she carves out a voice all her own within the genre; it’s refreshing because, honestly, what starts in Red (the beginning of Taylor “growing up”) continues in this effort. So far I do love what I’m hearing from 1989. In her defense, and her audience, everyone is growing up and her music reflects that.
The only thing is, like a well respected publication mentioned, I’m not sure there will be as many easily-loved, snappy (‘I Knew You were Trouble,’ and ‘Shake It Off’) singles among this batch of tunes. Beyond that… this “preview” journey I took makes me all the more eager to have the physical album and start the “repeat” party on the iPod.
*if anyone wishes to know, there are a few songs in which the lyrics use h*ll, da*n or there are illusions to immoral behavior though same as always, nothing is ever flat-out offensive.
Your turn: Thoughts, impressions of this “1989, Taylor Swift” are most welcome. Or anything you wanted to chat about, comment away.