Taylor Swift’s new album “1989” was officially released on October 27th, and one thing is clear; she is certainly leaving her country music roots behind her. Abandoning her guitar and adding synth background music, the tone is very different to her previous albums – which already had clear pop influences. Personally, I’m not sure if this movement is a good one for her career – sure 1989 is selling extremely well at the moment, with suggestions that she might break records – but I am curious as to whether these dance tracks will have the same lasting effect as her previous songs. Regardless, whilst I much prefer the ballads of her previous albums, I still think she has some great songs on here.
Particular favourites of mine are; “Shake It Off” – a song I do think will be a lasting anthem; “Out Of The Woods” – an unbelievably catchy tune about insecurity within a relationship; “Blank Space” – which mocks the paparazzi’s hyperbolic view of her as a “man eating, jet setting serial dater”; “Style” – another very singable and sexy song about an on-off relationship.
Whilst I enjoy some of the songs on her new album, I do think that there is the danger of her becoming less original as her new sound is very similar to many other female pop artists. I am curious as to how her direction will progress after this album.