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.
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