'1989' - Taylor Swift

For those of you who are new around here and may be unfamilair with my likes and dislikes, I think Taylor Swift is amazing. Come on, throw all the bitching and insults at me, I've heard them all before and it's repetitive. Anything you have to say about Taylor genuinely doesn't affect me in anyway because I know it's not true. She's a powerful, 'fearless', life-changing woman with a massive heart. I had planned to do this post since her album '1989' was actually released but due to a crazy life of work and Christmas and birthdays and sixth form, I never got round to it. So here it finally is, a fashionably late review of 2014's best-selling, incredible, fifth album '1989' from Taylor Swift. Beware, this post may contain lots of Swift admiration.

1. Welcome To New York
Initially, I wasn't the biggest fan of the opening track but after a while the song just becomes so upbeat and optimistic that you have to enjoy it. The electronic feel to this song just makes me want to 'dance to this beat forever'. The lyrics don't stand out as emotional or anything but it's clear that this is Taylor's personal victory song. She's made it to New York and this is her new chapter. Best part: 'Everybody here wanted something more, searching for a sound we hadn't heard before.'

2. Blank Space
Ah, the song that showed everyone how little she cared about the rumours. When the video for Blank Space came out I felt this absolute pride because Taylor was portraying herself exactly how the media had manipulated her to be. This really is a powerful song. Singing this in my room leads to extremely bad acting and craziness. Best part: 'Saw you there and I thought, 'oh my god look at that face, you look like my next mistake..'

3. Style
Simply a song about being dangerously attracted to someone even though you know you're bad for each other. Another one with a progressive beat that builds at the chorus and makes you want to 'bop' for lack of a better word. It's like something out of a movie this one, the perfect dangerous couple. Best part: 'I got that red-lipped classic thing that you like..'

4. Out Of The Woods
This was another one I had to warm to and now I'm obsessed with. It's another crazy love kind of thing where everything's confusing. The bridge is absolutely genius as it reveals a more tragic phase of the relationship (we all know it's about Harry). I love all of the lyrics to this despite the repetitive nature of the chorus. Best part: 'Remember when we couldn't take the heat I walked out and said, 'I'm settin' you free,' but the monsters turned out to be just trees and when the sun came up, you were lookin' at me.'

5. All You Had To Do Was Stay
Probably my first favourite actually, it doesn't sound promising at the beginning but it's angry and regretful. It's just one of those songs you can feel her disappointment in. It's about being lead on and then being forgotten about. Best part: 'People like you always want back the love they pushed aside but people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye.'

6. Shake It Off
Feel good, beat filled, energy boosting and rhythmic. The first single is an instant pick me up and a classic. You cannot, not 'shake it off' to this one. It's a true, 'I don't even care' song. This is Taylor's way of saying, 'I'm still standing tall, I'm still going strong'. Similarly to the hit 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' the partly spoken bridge makes it modern and very fun to sing. Best part: 'People like you always want back the love they pushed aside but people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye.'

7. I Wish You Would
Here you go haters. Another song where she's admitting it's her fault. It's about missing someone and knowing it's your fault and wanting them back no matter what they've done. It's a fast one but it's full of emotion. Best part: 'It's 2 AM in my room. Headlights pass the window pane, I think of you. We're a crooked love in a straight line down. Makes you wanna run and hide then it makes you turn right back around.'

8. Bad Blood
This one is my best friend's favourite but a few of my other friends hate it. I'm on the fence. I think it'd be incredible live because of the easily clappable/stompable beat and the breaks in rhythm. It's about someone turning against you. Best part: 'Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes. You say sorry just for show. If you live like that, you live with ghosts. if you love like that blood runs cold.'

9. Wildest Dreams
The song everyone is calling Lana-Del-Ray-esque. It's about a short love that can't last. It'a about wanting to remember it. It's a really beautiful one and has no angry heavy beats just a soft thumping. It personally reminds me of late nights where you're all dressed up and looking at someone thinking 'what if?'. Best part: 'Say you'll remember me standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe. Red lips and rosy cheeks, say you'll see me again even if it's just pretend.'

10. How You Get The Girl
Gulp. I'm still not 100% convinced on this one. I think it's just too much cheese for me. It's too fairytale-like. Don't get me wrong I like the idea and it's really fun to sing but everything it's just too cliche. Best part: 'Remind me how it used to be. Pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks. And say you want me. Yeah...'

11. This Love
This is the closest song to Taylor's country roots on the album. The softest, most acoustic song that builds about a confusing love and the ups and down and how it came back. It's quite an emotional one and her echoing voice is incredibly moving. Best part: Your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave. Your smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees. When you're young you just run but you come back to what you need..'

12. I Know Places
Very different but good different. It shows off a lot of Taylor's storytelling in her writing and really boasts her vocal range. it's dark. 'Haunting' is a good way to describe it. It's about escaping everyone else and everything against their love. Best part: 'Just grab my hand and don't ever drop it my love. They are the hunters, we are the foxes and we run.'

13. Clean
Probably the song that gets to me the most. Escaping the hold someone has on you. It has very serious undertones of depression and addiction and feeling trapped. But it's so effective with the odd instrumental and strong vocals. Best part: '10 months sober, I must admit. Just because you're clean don't mean you don't miss it. 10 months older, I won't give in, now that I'm clean I'm never gonna risk it.'

14. Wonderland
The first bonus track is one of my favorites on the whole album. With strong reference to 'Alice In Wonderland' the song is about getting lost in 'wonderland' and the consequences. A frequent sudden change of pace matched with strong lyrics makes this song addictive and brilliant. Best part: 'Didn't they tell us don't rush into things? Didn't you flash your green eyes at me? Haven't you heard what becomes of curious minds?'

15. You Are In Love
Yep, it's about being in love. But it's not about her. It's about watching the love her friends Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff have and how their best friend relationship makes them stronger. It's really beautiful this one and slow and the echo/quiet is really effective. It's also heart breaking for Taylor because she wants that and she's spent her 'whole life trying to put it into words'. best part: 'You can hear it in the silence, silence. You can feel it on the way home, way home. You can see it with the lights out, lights out. You are in love, true love.'

16. New Romantics
I do like this one but originally I didn't. It's careless and crazy and about the 'new romantics' and in my opinion how glamourised the pain of love is. It's poppy and fun. Best part: ''Cause, baby, I could build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me. And every day is like a battle but every night with us is like a dream.'

So there you go. The deluxe album also features three of Taylor's voice memo's as she explains her writing process. There's also the polaroid pictures which include one of the lyrics from the album. It's obvious I have my favourites from this album (the emotional ones because I'm like that). The thing is, Taylor could release any of these songs and they'd do extremely well. I have had this album on repeat since October and as of yet I am not bored of it. All the songs are very different yet work very well together. Well done T-Swizzle, you've done it again.

1 comment

  1. I love Taylor Swift as well and am about to buy this album!


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