T-Swift is always making headlines. Among other things, she's recently seen the light and is a self-proclaimed feminist, Diplo has been calling her out on Twitter for not having an ass (with none other than Lorde quickly coming to her defense), and have you guys seen her ridiculously gorgeous cover for Wonderland Magazine??
But we can’t forget why she’s here in the first place—she’s an amazingly talented artist. Her highly anticipated album, 1989, has topped the charts and blown out speakers everywhere. Well, at least in my apartment. Everyone I know, self included, has this album on repeat. Girl knows how to keep fans on their toes, and even convert former non-believers.
With 1989, Swift has changed it up to a more pop-centered sound, moving farther away from her country roots; however, since I’m not a country fan by any means, I can’t complain. As usual, she wrote very relatable and catchy music for the new album, and collaborated with super cool people like Jack Antonoff (of Bleachers and Fun.). But this time around, her music is a lot more dance-friendly.
Of course, no one can deny how good the singles are—"Shake It Off," "Blank Space," and "Out of the Woods" are all super catchy and explorative of new musical sides of Swift. She slows it down with others, like the spookier "I Know Places," and the very Lana del Rey-inspired "Wildest Dreams." In her Alice In Wonderland-inspired track “Wonderland," it's very suspect that she wrote it for ex-beau Harry Styles, as she talks about a relationship that was under the scrutiny of the public eye, and mentions Harry Styles’ trademark “Cheshire Cat smile.”
The only exception to the album is "Welcome To New York." While the song seems kinda fun, and has enjoyed some popularity, it seems too much like a cheesy PR move for the city itself, and coming from someone who doesn’t exactly qualify as an ambassador for NYC at all, it missed the mark.
Overall, the album is incredibly catchy, covers a lot of emotional ground, and is a super boost for anyone feeling down about a guy or girl. Swift continues to write eloquently and honestly, while also reminding us that we are good enough to pursue fulfilling and powerful lives. So ladies--even if you're not a fan-- give 1989 a listen if you haven't already (props if you share Tay's hallowed birth year.) This will be your power music for the remainder of 2014 into 2015, reminding you to shake it off whenever you need that encouragement. Pinky swear.
Check out her latest music video off the album for "Blank Space" right here:
Photo via Harpers Bazaar, The Guardian
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