Arts & Life Correspondent
On Monday at midnight, fans of Taylor Swift patiently waited all over the world for the drop of her new and well-anticipated album, “1989,” on Monday at midnight. Swift released three of the songs early from her album: “Shake it Off” back in August, “Out of the Woods” and “Welcome to New York” earlier in October. “Shake it Off” has topped the music charts throughout the world over the past few months, and with her other released singles are also highly ranked on the charts. Fans tweeted their reactions to the album using the hash tag #TS1989, which was trending throughout world the early morning continuing into Monday evening. According to their tweets, her fans did not seem to be disappointed by her new album.
“1989” already seems to be a success with a new Taylor Swift style. The album title appears to refer to the year of her birth, 1989. A nostalgic sound appears throughout the album as she transfers from country and solely modern pop to pop of the late ‘80s, still maintaining a modern pop feel. This ‘80s theme of synthesized and electric sounds continues throughout the songs in the album, especially in the songs “Blank Space” and “I Know Places.” The song “Wildest Dreams” demonstrates sounds related to Lana del Ray, with Swift’s use of airy vocals and echoing guitar. Perhaps Swift wanted this album to reflect the sounds of the era of her childhood while also pursuing a modern pop style. Many of her songs express a more electric-sounding guitar along with synthesized pop than her regular acoustic sounds in previous albums. The song “Style” from this new album demonstrates this perfectly, with a more rock-sounding Swift throughout the verses, but the chorus has a more pop sound. She again choose a combination of both. Bold drumming also plays an effective role in the songs of this new album. The song “Bad Blood” begins loudly with strong drumming continuing throughout. “How You Get the Girl” reflects a more typical pop-style Taylor Swift with softer guitar chords and a strong drumbeat. The album ends with some slower songs. Some have acoustic guitar like in “This Love” and some containing synthesized sounds like in “I Know Places” and “Clean,” but they still create an overall ‘80s music feel.
Although Swift demonstrates an ‘80s pop sound, she still continues to challenge the modern pop style of music. In “1989” she mixes a pop style with the ‘80s-style music she was born into. Perhaps Swift wants to show the changes and growth in her life by combining these two different eras of music. Swift continues to include the themes of love and relationships throughout her songs in her new album, but she changed her sound of mainstream pop to a distinct and unique pop sound. The album is influenced by the ‘80s but completely escapes from her country roots.