Taylor Swift - 1989

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1989 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released in October 2014 via Big Machine Records.

America’s darling Taylor Swift has been firm in stating 1989‘s intentions. This is her “very first documented, official pop album.” Not country. No more country. Taylor’s positioning herself for world domination.

Begone banjos, shuffle off the drawls and stow the geetar; Swift vies for huge everyman cores enveloped in glossy, glittery '80s-inspired pop. Swift is clearly au fait with the need for pop to strike a balance between pushing emotional buttons, remaining almost universally accessible and being, in at least some sense, fun. It's in the latter category that she knocks the ball out the park. “Shake It Off” is sublimely silly, goofy even, with white-hot horn blares.

Even in the darkest moments, like the string-filled “Wildest Dreams” it’s slathered in grandeur and glass-half-full strength. In its omnipresent optimism, there is a seam of cheese to be found – not necessarily cringe worthy Disney, but rather a karaoke quality. You'll belt these numbers anywhere, and that includes in front of a crowd of strangers. These are songs that everyone knows, from your little brother to your drunken aunt; the pop is utterly indiscriminate in its spread. 1989 is classic pop in its basest forms.

Perhaps one of the most surprising points to note – then again, perhaps not – is Swift's lyrical dexterity. For every “areweouttathewoodsyetareweouttathewoodsyet” etc. there's a silvery-tongued turn of phrase or ear-catching line about Cheshire Cats. It's not necessarily Dylan Thomas, but it certainly makes you pay attention to what she's saying, and that's an important part. Rather than half-hearted slogans and jingletastic caveats, there are narratives and meanings to be gleaned – as corny as it sounds, there's a genuine... depth.

One major facet of the 1989 is just how huge it is. Every track's an anthem of some kind; every track could clamber to the top of the charts with ease, brushing aside wannabes like pawns on a chessboard.

Taylor Swift going (pure) pop is not a surprise. RED was the platter of hors d'oeuvres gauging our appetite for this kinda thing, and when “Trouble” et al. went supernova, it was clear that the twangy country-at-heart pop was going to be ditched, at least temporarily. Quite honestly, it couldn't have been a better career move. There's evolution with purpose in every fibre of 1989, and far from jettisoning her integrity in this drastic lunge, she's proved in her bold, decision that she's got courage in her convictions to pull it off and faith in her fans to accept the new direction.

Check out the tracks: “Shake It Off”; “Blank Space”; “Style”; “Bad Blood”; Wildest Dreams”; “Out Of The Woods” and “New Romantics”. 

This Limited Edition double LP with housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(0602547092687)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Welcome To New York

3:30

A2

Blank Space

3:49

A3

Style

3:49

B1

Out Of The Woods

3:54

B2

All You Had to Do Was Stay

3:11

B3

Shake It Off

3:37

C1

I Wish You Would

3:26

C2

Bad Blood

3:30

C3

Wildest Dreams

3:38

D1

How You Get The Girl

4:06

D2

This Love

4:09

D3

I Know Places

3:12

D4

Clean

4:28

SKU 0602547092687
Record Label Big Machine Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0602547092687
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 05 December 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 27 October 2014
Barcode # 0602547092687
Shipping Weight 0.5450kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Country Rock
Format VINYL LP

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