Wednesday, 5 November 2014
1989 - Taylor Swift: review
Towards the second half of October, I ended up listening to Taylor Swift, probably on a daily basis. And I really liked it. So, after listening to her new album, 1989, which was released last Monday (27th October), I thought I'd write up some of my thoughts on it.
I've never been a massive fan of Taylor Swift in all honesty, I don't know why but I've never really listened to a lot of her stuff, but I've really liked certain songs of her's. However, on this album, I can safely say I genuinely like all of the songs, and it's made me more curious to look back on her previous albums.
I loved the older ones like You Belong With Me and Fifteen, but also the more recent 22 and the likes, but I think she's really upped her game with this album, and just made it fun, which is so nice to hear.
Obviously, one of the standout tracks is Shake It Off, the album's leading single. I think this song is so great and so fun; I love how Taylor's just saying that it really doesn't matter what people say about you, but what matters is how you feel about yourself. And that's a really important message today, and I hope that people pay attention to it.
Blank Space has the best tone to it, I love it. It's probably my favourite on the album (by a good solid mile). It really mocks all of the people who criticise Taylor for who she dates, and kind of lets her make fun of herself too; if she gets in first I guess anything mean anyone else says about her hits a lot less hard. 'You look like my next mistake,' is a great line, and I feel like it's weirdly relatable; like, loads of people can tell they're about to make a mistake and they do it anyway because it feels good for at least a little while. 'Darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream,' is my favourite line though. Just yes.
I really like Wonderland, too, and the way the Alice in Wonderland plot has influenced it. It sounds kind of eerie through the beginning of the first verse and then the beat comes in and really drives the song forward. The way she's compared a relationship to the story of AiW kind of makes a lot of sense, as everything's new and fun but equally incredibly uncertain. 'Life was never worse but never better' is my favourite line.
Bad Blood has a vibe to it that I really like. The sort of chanty chorus sounds really good, and I can imagine it would sound great with a crowd yelling along. 'It's so sad to think about the good times' is a line I really like, and really get, because after someone's done something really bad it makes you kind of regret any nice time you spent with them. The middle eight also sounds so pretty and really brings out Taylor's stunning voice.
I think the whole album has a really distinct tone and all of the songs work really well in sequence. I would say more about each individual song, but I just think that I would repeat the same things and just say how much I love this album over and over. Anyway, I'd recommend checking 1989 out, and be sure to let me know what you think :) What's your favourite song on the album?
1989 on iTunes: here
Until next time.