Album Review: Taylor Swift – 1989

I wanted to wait to write about Taylor Swift’s new album until the dust had settled a bit and I could really get a chance to listen to it. Miss Swift made a bold leap by jumping from her roots and arguably her musical family of country music to release an entirely pop record this time around.  She announced she would not be attending any of the country award shows this season (although she’s still up for awards from her previous album Red) and even relocated herself to New York City.  Add to this her recent decision to pull her entire music catalog from Spotify and you have enough fuel to fire several months worth of media pieces.

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Now, all of the political nonsense aside, within the first week of sales 1989 sold 1.287 million copies.  That’s right MILLION.  Say what you will about her dating habits or behavior but this girl knows music.  While digital sales are down Swift just comes in and stomps on the statistics of the past year.

My friends and I (all women our age for that matter) have a unique view on Swift because, in a sense, we’ve grown up with her.  With each album she’s released, she has been in the same time of her life as we have.  When she wrote “Fifteen” we all remembered that feeling we’d had just two years prior of falling in love with someone for the first time.  That amazingly naive high school world ending love.  We all sang along to being “happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time” at the age of “22“.  Now with 1989 the track list reads like a diary we’ve kept for the past year.  Many of us having made the jump from hometown to big city, “Welcome to New York” is the perfect anthem for the new working gal.  “Blank Space” is a tribute to this time in our lives in which dating is an exciting game.  We’re finally in control of what we want and know how to go through the motions of actually dating like an adult.  As T says, “I love the players and you love the game”.

Say what you will about her jump from cowboy boots to stilettos or cute to classy, 1989 hits a home run with me.  It is the kind of album I want to put on blast while commuting to work in the city, going for a run, or getting ready for a night out with some friends.  Let me know what you think!

Now as far as music videos go, I think that this one for “Blank Space” is UNREAL!  It is so visually stunning.  If Gatsby and the Kennedy’s (pun completely intended) had a baby it would be this video.  The moment they strut as a couple with the dogs….EPIC.  Just EPIC.

Image courtesy of:  Taylor Swift

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#tbt – Shania Twain

The year was 1997.  The album?  “Come on Over” by the one, the only, Shania Twain.  If you don’t know this album already you need to get to know it.  If you know it already it’s a great time for a refresher.  When it came time this week’s #tbt playlist I couldn’t just pick one song by Shania so I decided to dedicate the entire post to my favorite album of hers.  This album helped shape my love for country music.  It has so many great girl anthems that are missing from current music.  And to be honest, this album just kicks some serious ass.  I challenge you to find another that feels as good to sing at the top of your lungs while driving with your gals around town.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Shania, she was born and raised in Canada.  Her song writing abilities landed her a record deal but it wasn’t until she paired up with Robert Lange (her future hubby) that things really started to take off in her career.  Her first major hit was “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under“.  Two years later she released the “Come on Over” album to continue her string of success.  To date Twain has won countless awards including 5 Grammy’s, 4 ACM’s and 5 AMA’s.

Although this album is phenomenal from top to bottom there are a few favorite tracks of mine that I must point out…

1.  “Man!  I Feel Like A Woman!” – I never have and never will get sick of this song…it makes you want to run around in a button down doing the Tom Cruise slide while singing into a hair brush

10.  “You’re Still the One” – To this day one of the most romantic songs I know.  It just melts my heart and you can picture a couple dancing to it at their wedding.

11.  “Honey I’m Home” – One word…sassy.

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