Maybe it’s because it is “officially” a pop album, maybe it’s the collaboration of great minds, the 80’s beats, and poetically formed lyrical sound of Taylor Swift.
Ryan Tedder, Jack Antonoff, and Imogen Heap all collaborated with Swift for this album. Not to mention her classics like Max Martin, Shellback, and Ali Payami.
This album is stronger, bigger, and better than anything she has done yet. This album reaches a much broader audience I feel that people who were not Swift fans before definitely are now or at least happily humming the newest tracks. I know this because I tested it on my boyfriend (he may deny it but it was real, swear) by playing it multiple times while we were hanging out and he never complained. I actually caught him singing later (he may deny that one too). I thought to myself wow, this album is not some girly teeny pop album this album is good.
Okay, but what do you mean it’s liberating? Swift’s lyrics and sound on this album feel as if they have been released from shackles. Her sound has been set free and she doesn’t care who knows it. It’s liberating in a society way and liberating in a female kinda way. I will make more sense I promise!
“You can want who you want boys and boys and girls and girls” Hallelujah looks like hanging around New York has done her some good and she is proud to silently hint that boys and boys and girls and girls is something that is okay, it’s okay guys let them love who they want to love because it’s fine by Taylor. High five girl, preach!
Finally, there is something on the radio that sounds fun, is entertaining to listen to, and something I can actually dance too.
Rarely, do we see musicians uproot their sound in such a graceful way. I can hear the progression in the music. She is moving forward with her songs she is not back tracking or staying stuck in one place.
She picks fun at her music and herself by saying “got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane, but I got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name” haha it’s threatening and cute all in one.
She relates to many different issues from having “Bad Blood” with some frenemy (who can’t relate to that?), to running from the world watching “I Know Places”, to getting “Clean” off an ex-lover or an addiction ( I love Imogen Heap so much I hope they do another song together).
It’s about time a woman that has created such a name for herself at such a young age be recognized as a feminist. She represents women in a positive way I don’t understand why people who call themselves feminists wouldn’t like Taylor Swift. Why? She has done so much as a woman to represent the creative working women of society. She can be an artist in a man’s world and still run the show. She can still say what she has to say in a form of a catchy tune like shaking off haters.
Also, her underlying message in this album. Read on.
The “1989” secret message reads like this:
1. “Welcome to New York”: We begin our story in New York.
2. “Blank Space”: There once was a girl known by everyone and no one.
3. “Style”: Her heart belonged to someone who couldn’t stay.
4. “Out of the Woods”: They loved each other recklessly.
5. “All You Had to do Was Stay”: They paid the price.
6. “Shake it Off”: She danced to forget him.
7. “I Wish You Would”: He drove past her street each night.
8. “Bad Blood”: She made friends and enemies.
9. “Wildest Dreams”: He only saw her in his dreams.
10. “How You Get the Girl”: Then one day he came back.
11. “This Love”: Timing is a funny thing.
12. “I Know Places”: And everyone was watching.
13. “Clean”: She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything.
“She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything”, Taylor Swift is no longer the anthem for depressed lusting teenagers anymore. She is singing she found herself and that was everything. It gives me goosebumps reading that line. She is now the anthem of songs that say it’s okay to be sad for now but things will get better you will love again. You will love better. What is not more feminist than that line right there?
The fact that she has built her own career at a very innocent, young, naive age building a career out of a guitar and scribbles in a notebook and has stood by her authenticity through and through is why she is setting a good example for women everywhere at any age.
Sure, the album is still about love and hate and recovering from love but it doesn’t mean it is of any less importance. The beautiful thing about this album is that there is some eloquent ways in which they lyrics speak and make the basic “Sunday, burnt toast” a beautiful anecdote to a much deeper love story.
I was a big fan of “Speak Now”, not so much “Red” but “1989” takes the cake for me on this one. She has the beautiful lyrical sound from “Speak Now” infused with catchy sound from “Red” and she really outdid herself this time.
Seriously, pick up the album! Listen for it on the radio do something you have to at least listen once to this whole wonderful album. Any other reviewers thoughts?
(P.S long time since I’ve posted guys! Lots of new exciting posts are in store just you wait. After Thanksgiving there will be a thorough schedule for December of blog posts. :) )