STAFF PICKS: Taylor Swift’s “1989” Pops Up As A Hit Album

By: Laura Batten

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Taylor Swift is back and better than ever, but it’s not like society’s most popular celebrity ever really left though.

“1989” is Swift’s first fully fledged pop categorized album. But don’t worry, whether she’s singing over banjos and acoustic guitars or drums and electric guitars, Taylor keeps the same aura that’s she’s always had.

Swift shows her love of new opportunities by opening up with the track “Welcome to New York,” where she presents the multitude of opportunities that the Nashville born star came upon when arriving to the Big Apple.

Taylor Swift demonstrates that although her new album is pop, she won’t be like most artists, filling catchy beats with seemingly pointless lyrics.

In “Clean,” Taylor shows that her country songwriting skills exist, this time played to the beat of a new drum: “When I was drowning, that’s when I could finally breathe/ And by morning gone was any trace of you/ I think I am finally clean.”

Taylor acknowledges her so called “downfalls” and what’s being said by her across the verses this album gives us. She takes the hate and turns them into the upbeat, dance-along tracks that fill the album.

In the hit single from 1989, “Shake it Off,” Swift sings “I go on too many dates/ But I can’t make them stay/ At least that’s what people say.” You can hear her joking manner in “Blank Space” as she says: “Got a long list of ex-lovers/ They’ll tell you I’m insane.”

Just like when she wrote “Dear John,” Taylor isn’t above giving pretty obvious clues to who the songs are about. Her ironic title “Style” makes us have no guesses about the 80’s pop inspired jam is about.

Even if you missed it, the “You’ve got that James Dean daydream look in your eyes” lyric won’t leave you wondering who it’s about for too long.

Taylor sold 1.2 million copies of “1989” in the first week of release. If that doesn’t convince you of her smooth transition from a hit country artist to arguably the most sensational pop artist, grab a copy, and you’ll be convinced in no time.