The teenage country singer Taylor Swift is gone. There are no more hopeless romantic country songs like “You Belong With Me” or “Love Story.” There is a new Taylor Swift around now.
Taylor Swift recently released a new album entitled “1989,” which was named after the year she was born, but also the style she wanted to incorporate into her songs. The lyrics are no longer straightforward and clear, like in her previous albums. Rather than a strong guitar background, Swift’s new songs are defined by a strong beat and sometimes nothing else.
The world got a first look at the new Taylor Swift when she released her first single from the album, “Shake it Off.” This catchy song is about how she doesn’t care about what the “haters” say or what other people think; she’s just going to do what she wants.
Swift’s music video for the song features herself trying so hard to do different tasks, like do ballet or ribbon dancing. She fails at every task, but she doesn’t care. She’s just going to “Shake it Off.” You’ve probably heard this song at least one hundred times on the radio already, but it doesn’t matter. It’s that kind of song that you can dance along to every time.
Taylor Swift’s other big hit is called “Blank Space.” The song has a strong beat and artistic lyrics. Swift has said that she wrote the song in the perspective of the character that the media portrays her to be. She is essentially making fun of what other people say: “Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane / But I’ve got a blank space, baby / And I’ll write your name.”
While the beat is very defined in most of her songs, some can get pretty annoying. One of her low points in the album is “Out of the Woods,” which is so repetitive that sometimes you just want it to stop. She says “Are we out of the woods,” 32 times in the song. Her chorus simply goes: “Are we out of the woods yet? / Are we out of the woods yet? / Are we out of the woods yet? / Are we out of the woods?” The lyrics to the verses are vague, and to be honest, I have no idea what this song is about. Still, it’s catchy and gets stuck in your head pretty easily.
Like in any Taylor Swift album, there are those super hopeless romantic songs. Wildest Dreams has lyrics that go: “Say you’ll remember me / Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe / Red lips and rosy cheeks / Say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams.” There’s nothing that defines Taylor Swift more than her sense of romance and love.
One of her lesser known songs that should receive more attention is “I Wish You Would.” The beat is different than the rest of her album, but the lyrics are about her regrets in her relationship. She sings: “I wish you would come back, / Wish I never hung up the phone like I did. / I wish you knew that I’ll never forget you as long as I live.” This song did not receive as much attention as it should have, but it is one of the best in the album.
As an album, “1989” covers different parts of Taylor Swift’s life. While some of her songs are about her love life and relationships, other songs focus on what the media and world think of her. She tells everyone that she doesn’t care about what they think and she is just going to do her own thing. Swift has said that some of the people she worked with told her not to take this step. They said that she shouldn’t go pop; she should stick with country. But she decided to go with her gut. And seeing that she broke records with this top-selling album, I’d say it was a pretty good idea.