Taylor Swift - 1989 First Listen! Goodbye Country, Hello Pop!
Taylor Swift began her career as a country singing 14-year-old, so it may come as a surprise that 10 years later she's produced what will no doubt be the pop album of the year.
Long gone are the days of cowboy boots and her Nashville twang, as the now 24-year-old proves she quite rightly deserves her seven Grammys with her long-awaited fifth studio album, 1989.Her musical evolution is evident throughout, as her growth as both an artist and a woman bring with them a heavy keyboard and beat driven sound, attributes which were just waiting to jump out in 2012's Red.
Whether it's the heartbreak she's experienced as she navigates her way through the dating world in the limelight that her talent brings, or her becoming a modern day Carrie Bradshaw living in New York for the first time, something's clicked in her song writing, and we cannot get enough.
Album opener Welcome To New York sets the scene for the journey you embark upon when listening to the record, as Taylor sings: "Like any true love/ It drives you crazy/ But you know you wouldn’t change anything." While bouncy Blank Space proves Taylor is in on the joke of her media portrayal as a cougar/man-eater, who supposedly writes all her songs about ex-lovers.
Retro track Style hits you with a killer 70's groove, as well as the Jack Antonoff co-written Out Of The Woods which brings all the rumours to the yard.
All You Had to Do Was Stay will leave you feeling all emotional, as well as with a desperate need to know which ex-boyf (if any) this is about, with the lyrics: "This is what I wanted/ This is all you wanted/ But not like this".
The track that began the hype back in August, Shake It Off, brings a welcome sense of relief as a mid-album opportunity to dance yourself silly, as its upbeat tempo will get your foot tapping even on the busiest of tubes.
I Wish You Would sees the co-production of Fun's Antonoff again, and paves the way for angriest song by far, Bad Blood, which is rumoured to be about her feud with Katy Perry, as she chants: "Sorry just for show".
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Mournful ballad This Love produced by Nathan Chapman proves that her man-hating days are long gone, replaced by a more mature way of thinking, as darkest track I Know Places hits the mark on the sophistication chart.
Having taken you on a journey of her relationship history, life changes and new way of thinking, album closer Clean, a chilling collaboration with Imogen Heap, is the perfect ending to the storybook that is 1989.
With her name constantly in the headlines, Taylor Swift has proved she's over the rumours and whispering, as she tells her story from her perspective and takes you along for the ride too, without a country twang in sight.
1989 is due for release in the UK on October 28.Taylor Swift - 1989 tracklist:
Welcome To New York
Out Of The Woods
All You Had To Do Was Stay
Shake It Off
I Wish You Would
How You Get The Girl
I Know Places