Taylor Swift says ‘goodbye’ to her country roots in “1989”

Reviewer finds Swift’s new pop album refreshing and is excited about the change

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Olivia Reindl, Contributing Writer

Completely severing her ties with the country music genre, Taylor Swift released her new pop album “1989” on Oct. 27. Filled with impeccably witty lyrics, her album rose to the top of the iTunes charts in less than 24 hours of its release. “1989” was named after her birthday, Dec. 13, 1989, and this album was definitely a new birth of her career.

During Swift’s interview with Good Morning America, she discussed the album and the support of her fans. “I feel so without a doubt [that] this is the best thing I’ve done. So to have people able to finally have it now and to have the fans understand what I’ve been working on for two years, it’s just the most amazing feeling,” said Swift.

What Swift had been working on over the last two years is far from her previous country music sound that made her famous when she was seventeen years old. Her song “Welcome to New York,” the opening song on her album, announces her effortless transition into pop music. Her lyrics “everybody here was someone else before” and “it’s a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat forevermore” reveal how happy she is with her change in genre. Her hit song “Shake it Off,” released as a single before her album, along with “Blank Space,” shows her acceptance of herself and her personality, as well as her ability to disregard all of the negative portrayals of her made by the public. The success of this album proves that her talent can take her to more than one genre of music.

Swift has also recently had a change in scenery, as she purchased a penthouse in New York City, neighboring to Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and other fellow celebrities. With all of these vicissitudes, Swift does not deviate too much from her old song-writing habits and references some of her previous relationships in her album.

Unlike her past records, “1989” is rumored to also include songs about her prior friendships. Her song “Bad Blood” is rumored to be about Swift’s relationship with Katy Perry. The lyrics “Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes / You say sorry just for show / If you live like that, you live with ghosts” refers to Katy Perry’s song “Ghost” co-written by Max Martin, who also co-wrote Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

Swift’s dating life has been in the public spotlight for almost as long as she has been known and do not think she doesn’t know what the tabloids say.
She jokes about her reputation in her song “Blank Space.” “Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane / Cause you know I love the players / And you love the game”, she sings, poking fun at the way her dating life looks to the public.

Other songs on the album “Out of the Woods,” “I Wish You Would” and “All You Had to do Was Stay” are all about former lovers but it is not quite certain as to who exactly Swift is referring to in each. There are rumors that the entire album is about Harry Styles, a former short-term relationship that had plenty of ups and downs, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Swift.

Even though Swift is notorious for writing songs about her enemies and her exes, her lyrics are very well constructed and thought out.
Swift is one of the most talented artists she seems to be aiming to be the timeless artist that 2014 needs, giving music lovers the pop album of the year. Her effortless transition into pop music from country with this album has been yet another milestone in her music career, putting her in the top charts again faster than a blink of an eye.