05 Jan The inevitable lure of Taylor Swift’s “1989”
It may be titled “1989” but it’s SOOO 2014.
I had to let every lyric, melody and bridge seep into my blood before I could write an honest review on this album. Wait, actually, let me clarify: I am not going to do one of those thorough Rolling Stone-type reviews of “1989” but rather comment on why, contrary to what Kanye West-Kardashian might think, Taylor Swift released the best album of 2014. Firstly, her farewell to Nashville is real and “1989” is the most authentic pop album in her entire discography. Not only is every single song catchy, regardless of its tempo, but the songwriting is on point. I’m not trying to ooze over T. Swift or force you into listening to the album (unless, of course, you enter my car) but something about this album is like snorting cocaine off your friends house key. It’s damn addictive. Now, I would probably never see her live because she’s only half as good but I think at this time in my life I can relate to her lyrics. She’s matured, she’s loved and lost and it all makes sense. No more white picket fences and carnival popcorn. This is real shit. This is I took you home to my place and I messed around with you anyway even though you have a girlfriend shit. For once, no more sappy pop ballads that use only the G, D, E and B minor chord. There’s cool and eclectic beats with words that actually kick… like your foot slamming into your ex’s shin. It’s like Taylor Swift finally woke up and decided not to put the innocent cowgirl boots on.
What really got me about this album is that I could imagine my pretend life in the lyrics. And each and every song has a catchy-as-hell chorus.
While I’m not going to get into details about every song on the album, I am going to break down the inevitable lure I have to these top four tracks.
1. Blank Space
A shower-singing contender, hands-down. This is bad bitch Taylor coming out of her shell telling you she doesn’t really care how bad you break her heart because she’s got a list of other prospects. The great thing about the lyrics here are that she’s not Louisville slugger-ing your Ford pickup like one Ms. Underwood but rather, she’s telling you that she’s capable of crazy because you’ve instigated it.
Best lyric: “Boys only want love if it’s torture, don’t say I, say I, didn’t warn you”
My favourite song on the entire album, which is obviously directed to one Mr. Harry Styles. Thank you Taylor for being so obvious, yet again, after “Dear John”. The mix of slower tempos with faster ones make all the turns of the lyrics truly feel like a story’s plot development. The lyrics are also great, I hear a girls pouring heart that’s trying hard to hold on to the last remnants of a true romance. I feel a little like Taylor whenever I hear this song.
Best lyric: “You’ve got that James Dean, day dream look in your eye and I got that red lip, classic thing that you like”
3. Out of the Woods
If you want to chant any track on the album this one would be it. Taylor’s breathless urgency really gives this song a different sound than her previous work. The metaphors in the lyrics also parallel a lot of things that happened between her and Harry Styles in their relationship. I really like how she uses the woods as the setting of this place that you’re unsure about and it’s all very confusing. She’s almost like an adult Alice trying so hard to get out of this day-to-day realm.
Best lyric: “The rest of the world is black and white, but we were in screaming colour”
4. Shake It Off
Shake It Off is to 2014 what Gangham Style was to 2012 and haters gonna hate. Seriously. Who doesn’t know the chorus to this song!? It’s the catchiest uptempo beat I have heard in pop music for a while. Honestly, if you’re in a bad mood (me, 80% of the time) put on this song I promise you it’s kryptonite.
Best lyric: “The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate and I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake…shake it off”