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1989 Review

1989 elicits a new pop and witty sound from the former country singer Taylor Swift.

1989 elicits a new pop and witty sound from the former country singer Taylor Swift.

Aida Acosta, Staff Reporter

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Taylor Swift’s fifth album “1989” was released on Oct. 27. This is an album embellished with a sound that Swift describes as her first officially documented pop album. It represents a musical leap away from her former signature style. This album was influenced by some of Swift’s favorite artists from the 1980’s. The biggest influence on “1989” was the experimental pop phase of that time period. This album clashes 80’s pop and current day sounds into a melodic jam-sesh infused with very personal lyrics. Some of the best tracks on the album include “Shake It Off,” an anthem reminding you to always be yourself. Another track, “Bad Blood”  is an edgy and catchy tune about that friend/ex-flame that hurt you and you still ask ‘why’. The album has such a catchy sound that moms might sing along with you too. The refreshing vibe of “1989” feels like a diary relating to teen listeners through lyrics people can connect with on many levels.

With its gripping sound and painfully honest lyrics, “1989” is an album with addictive melodies, expertly tuned choruses, and diversifying sound. While profoundly strange, deeply emotional, and crazy enthusiastic, “1989” sounds purely Taylor Swift, even when it is unlike anything she’s ever done before. The album is a fresh departure from the sweet country sound that established Swift as a household name back in 2006, and holds great promise for future pop albums from the brilliant singer-songwriter.

Rating: 4.5/5

For Fans of: Lorde, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato

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