1989: Taylor’s gone pop

by Emmy Walters

Executive Staff

In case you haven’t heard, Taylor Swift is a relevant famous person who makes music. Swift hinted at her transition from country to pop in her last album, Red. Now, Tay Tay is a full-fledged pop star, and there is no escaping her presence. Have you seen the last cover of Time magazine? It’s literally a close up of her face.

Whether you are historically a Taylor Swift fan or not, Swift’s new album, 1989, is definitely worth giving a listen. Her totally new sound gives fans and non-fans alike a chance to form a fresh opinion on Swift. Three weeks after its re-lease, 1989 has sold over 2 million copies, and was the first album released this year to sell 1 million copies in its first week. Swift’s new sound pulls most of its inspiration from mid-1980s pop. Her lyrics still seem generally the same (well-crafted, catchy songs teardrops on her guitar. While the stories about love stories and the boys that done her wrong). However, Swift also reintroduces herself in this album as she tries to stake out a new genre: no longer a small-town country girl but a New York pop star.

Whether you consider yourself a TSwift fan or not, the mu-sic she creates is clearly relatable to a wide portion of the population. Swift sets herself up in this album as a newbie trying to navigate big, New York City life as she writes honestly and intimately about her recent ups and downs (mostly about relationships with hot celebrities, so who can’t relate? Lyf3 iz so hard for Tay). Pop’s new queen (jk Beyoncé you are still queen B) also has no problem making fun of or framing herself as an outsider – basically, she makes everyone feel like she’s their close, personal friend. Swift experiments with sound in 1989. Tay is no longer just a teen-age girl singing with are generally the same, Swift’s songs vary from the dark and dreamy tone of “Wildest Dreams” that is very reminiscent of Lana Del Ray to songs like “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space” that play with electronic sounds and back tracking. Swift’s lyrics also seem more self-actualized in this album, as some of her talky phrases are sarcastic and slightly cynical. She is very aware of public opinion and has no problem making fun of herself. In her most recent music video for “Blank Space,” Swift hilariously depicts her-self as the wild, crazy ex-girlfriend that she is so commonly accused of being.

So again, whether you’re historically a Tswift fan or not, 1989’s sound gives the public a chance to love or hate Taylor Swift all over again. Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate, but Taylor’s gonna play play play play play.