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Taylor Swift’s new album sends listeners back to “1989”


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]After weeks of anticipation and hints posted by Taylor Swift on social media, her voice boomed throughout cars all over the country as fans raced to iTunes or stores like Target to pick up her most recent album: “1989,” making it the best-selling album in 2014.

On Oct. 27, fans flooded Instagram with ‘selfies’ of them holding  polaroids found inside the deluxe album. Fans then discovered the code to enter the “Swiftstakes”- a chance to meet Swift herself.

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“Welcome to New York” kicks off the album with an electronic keyboard intro with a strong beat and bass line woven in, sure to draw listeners in to it’s many layers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzr5VtFvSyw”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Old fans have been listening since her self-titled debut album.

New fans have been drawn in by “Shake It Off.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Both, however, are sure to take on an is-this-really-Taylor-Swift? expression then grow to love the sound Swift embraces, a 180 degree turn from her roots as a country girl singing of a broken heart. Swift shies away from bashing ex-boyfriends and focuses on her personal journeys and experiences – one of which, unsurprisingly, was taken when Swift moved from Nashville to New York.

One quick listen reveals Swift’s versatility and range in not only voice, but style. New speed, effects, harmonies and mood await the listener after the end of each song. Swift also incorporates sound effects, like one of a seatbelt clicking in to a holder in “Blank Space,” showcasing her creativity to add some flare to the solid melodies.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you want songs that come in one ear and out the other, “1989” is a poor choice. Every word, note and melody line sticks in the listeners ears for hours on end.

Warning: Humming is a high probability after hearing the pure pop flare in “Bad Blood.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The “Oh’s” in “How You Get the Girl.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The pulsing beat in “Wonderland.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The haunting lyrics in “I Know Places.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]All the combined effects make all 13 (Swift’s lucky number) tracks, plus the three extra on the deluxe album, of “1989” hard to forget.

Those tired of Swift’s gushy love songs can rest assured that “1989” is a break in pattern. Songs about hiding from society (“I Know Places” – refined in a session with Max Martin and Johan Shellback), starting over (“Clean”)  and overcoming negative criticism (“Shake It Off”) mixed in with new-sounding love songs (“Wonderland”) make the album all the more relatable to listeners of all walks of life.

The previous, lovey-dovey ballads found in albums such as Speak Now and Red are now replaced with fast beats and mysterious melodies, making “1989” stand on it’s own.

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    Adam braggNov 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    What an awesome review! I think this writer has some real talent, although I think she is a little biased when it comes to ms. Swift, did you know she has a billion posters of her in her room?! :p