I was ten years old when I first heard a girl on the radio sing about love and heartbreak and make it seem like telling a story. It was Taylor Swift’s Teardrops on my Guitar. Before Taylor Swift, I didn’t think that songs could actually play a movie in your head. I absolutely think that she writes songs as if she were writing stories. Which is a very good thing.
It’s been eight years since the first time I fell in love with a Taylor Swift song. A few weeks ago, she released her fifth album, 1989 and as I expected, I am completely in love with it. Many Swiftes are not very happy about her shift from country to pop but I really don’t mind as long as the lyrics are well-written. It’s not like we never saw it coming. Her previous album Red was actually a little bit pop although still has a country sound to it. Her genre might have changed but if you know Taylor Swift’s music, you will still recognize that it is STILL her writing these songs.
Taylor said that when she wrote this album, she wanted the songs to sound exactly like how she felt the emotions and I think she did a good job doing that.
RATING: (1 = A Perfectly Good Heart ; 10 = All Too Well)
1. Welcome To New York
Welcome To New York is one of her promotional singles. When I heard it the first time, I was like meh. It came out after Out of the Woods which I really liked so when I heard this, I was a bit upset. After hearing it several more times, I realized it’s actually a nice track. The song makes me feel like I am in New York, in some way. I don’t know how or why but it does. I feel like I am taking a walk down the streets of New York.
Favorite Line: Everybody here wanted something more, searching for a sound we hadn’t heard before
2. Blank Space
I find this song hilarious. It’s full of sarcasm (my kind of humor) and I think it’s funny that she made a song (and money) out of the bad stuff people say about her. On top of that, the music video is also perfect.
Favorite Line: WHOLE CHORUS
I think this is the song I am (and probably all the other Swifties are) most excited about. It is obviously, without a doubt, about her ex, Harry Styles. Her reference to them as a couple that never goes out of style is just brilliant. I’ve always thought that they were such a power couple when they dated. Taylor is like the queen of mainstream music (at least for me) and Harry is the king since he’s a member of the most famous band today.
This song is just so catchy and not like a Nicki Minaj song kind of way. It’s definitely pop but it’s different (different good).
Favorite Line: You’ve got that James Dean daydream look in your eye (Not just that, everything about Harry Style is James Dean-ish)
4. Out of the Woods
Again, speculated as another Harry Styles song. Probably. But regardless, I still think it is a really good song. For some weird reason, I feel like I am in the woods when I hear this song.
Favorite Line: The rest of the world is black and white and we were in screaming color
5. All You Had To Do Was Stay
This song reminds me of something that I can’t just put my finger on. Probably old music. It definitely has a catchy chorus although lyric-wise, I wouldn’t consider her best. I think it’s a little bit cheesy. (REALLY CHEESY)
6. Shake It Off
This is probably the song that I least like in this album. Yes, it’s catchy and makes you want to dance but I’ve never really expected Taylor to produce a cheap pop song that everybody likes. It’s not horrible as other songs right now but I just don’t like it. I certainly not a fan of the bridge that sounds like Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend. Plus, her high-pitched lines are making me cringe.
7. I Wish You Would
This is one of my favorites in the album. The lyrics are sad and regretful but the music is weirdly, happy and upbeat, which is nice.
Favorite Line: You’re thinking that I hate you now ’cause you still don’t know what I never said
8. Bad Blood
I am not a huge fan of this one because it mainly is composed of weird loud beats (I don’t even know what they are). I guess this is what Taylor wanted because the song is not really happy. It’s full of rage and angst. I don’t like the lyrics either. I know it’s supposedly a hate song (Katy Perry?) but I’m not a fan. It’s definitely the Better Than Revenge of this album.
Favorite Line: NONE
9. Wildest Dreams
The only thing that I can say is that it sounds like a Lana Del Rey song. I am not saying she is a copycat. I’m just saying that when I first heard this song, I automatically thought that it was something Lana would sing. If you know her, you’ll know what I mean. It definitely has that daydreamy tune to it which is good. I like LDR but I don’t think it suits Tay’s voice.
Favorite Line: He’s so tall and handsome as well, he’s so bad but he does it so well (Obv, Harry Styles)
10. How You Get The Girl
This could definitely pass up as a Barbie song. It seems to me that she is talking to a guy, teaching him how to get the girl.
Favorite Line: The whole first verse
11. This Love
This song just makes you want to fall in love. It’s hopeful, happy and enthusiastic.
Favorite Line: When you’re young you just run and come back to what you need
12. I Know Places
This song is like about a couple trying to run away from something as if they are “haunted”. It’s a song that could actually be a song in The Hunger Games. It’s a really different song but really good at the same time.
Favorite Line: They are the hunters, we are the foxes, and we run
This song is a good example of making the song sound like what it really means. The song sounds clean. I know that is weird but the instrumentals definitely remind you of water or something that’s clean. It’s actually weirdly calming. She worked with Imogen Heap on this one and I can understand why it’s so good.
Lyric-wise, I think it’s a really good song too. I think it is one of her most heartfelt songs to date even though it is not necessarily about a particular relationship. One of my faves.
Favorite Line: When I was drowning that’s when I could finally breathe
Again, another song that sounds exactly what the lyrics say. I can definitely imagine being in Wonderland when I hear this song. It is definitely one of my favorites. I don’t think it’s cheesy at all.
Favorite Line: Didn’t they tell us don’t rush into things, didn’t you flash your green eyes at me? (It’s obviously Harry Styles)
15. You Are In Love
I imagine this song as Taylor Swift telling a girl how it is to be in love. It’s as if she is a love expert who educates young people about how being in love feels like.
Favorite Line: Chorus
16. New Romantics
This song reminds me of Lorde. I guess Lorde sort of influenced Taylor a bit since they are really good friends. I think this is such a feel-good song – something that you and your friends can dance around to.
Favorite Line: Heartbreak is the national anthem (LOL it’s hilarious)
This album is without a doubt about just one guy – Harry Edward Styles. I don’t really mind her writing about her love life. What else can you write about but your life? Harry actually said it’s fine for her to write about him because she’s actually good. And I agree.
I think this is a really kickass album but I personally don’t think it’s her best album yet unlike what most people would say. I still think Red is her best album but that’s probably because it has All Too Well (a.k.a. my most favorite Tay song). Lyric-wise, I don’t think it’s the best. But given that it is her shift to Pop, I would definitely say that she did an excellent job.
1989 Songs (in order of my favorites)
2. I Wish You Would
4. Blank Space
5. Welcome To New York
6. Out Of The Woods
8. This Love
9. New Romantics
10. How You Get The Girl
11. You Are In Love
12. I Know Places
13. All You Had To Do Was Stay
14. Wildest Dreams
15. Shake It Off
16. Bad Blood