Taylor Swift 1989 Album Review


Teresa Medina, Staff Writer

Taylor Swift’s latest album “1989” has became a huge success in the pop community since its release on October 27. Former country artist Swift switched her genre of music to pop for this record. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter named the album after the year she was born. This record takes listeners with her on a journey which makes this album more personal than the previous ones.

“1989” became the first platinum album for 2014 and was the first to get this status in one week. During the first week of being out, the record sold 1.287 million copies. More than half of these albums sold were physical copies which is ironic due to the fact this generation revolves around technology. Swift is using a method of keeping her record off of streaming services to throw back to a older time period.

“1989” has 13 original songs, but if that isn’t enough tracks for you then the Target edition of this record includes three exclusive songs. This album is more realistic with the relationship concept when compared to her previous ones. Swift successfully uses electronic sounds, rhythmic vocals and drum loops to piece the songs together like a work of art.

Welcome To New York: “The lights are so bright, but they never blind me.” Welcome To New York is the first track that sets the mood and scene of this album. This song takes people through time back to the 80’s. This song shows the transition that Swift is going through with her music. She uses this song to say that she has not lost herself and still knows what she wants.

Blank Space: “I get drunk on jealousy, but you’ll come back each time you leave ’cause, darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” Black Space is the second track off the album and has Swift’s landmark trait of talking about relationships. This song is ironically directed towards the media’s response to her relationships.

Shake It Off: “I’m lightning on my feet, and that’s what they don’t see.” Shake It Off was the first track released from this album. Swift uses this track to tell her haters that what they say doesn’t affect her. This has to be the ultimate pop song so far in her career.

Clean: “There was nothing left to do when the butterflies turned to dust that covered my whole room.” Clean is the perfect ending for Swift’s album considering the fact that she is known for her relationships ending thanks to the media. She uses this song to say breakups are hard, but at the end of relationships there is a clean slate.

Overall, “1989”proves to be an accomplishment when compared to previous albums. Swift took her music to a new level by creating her own style of pop and owning it.