In some ways I'm grateful for the break I had on Olivia Curls, as I'm now bursting with motivation, equipped with a new blogging schedule and ready to tackle life. I tweeted on Boxing Day that "2015 is going to be my fucking year. My blog is going to be a book, detailing a life where only I can reveal the cliffhanger. I cannot wait" and I think this encompasses everything I want this year to be. And who better to begin with than Taylor Swift, a woman who is famed for creating melodies out of life experiences, while achieving things I can only dream of. Here's my review of her hugely successful album, 1989.
Welcome To New York is a poppy kaleidoscope of mixed sounds and is a perfect opener to a happy-go-lucky album. As an individual single, it's gonna end up being the soundtrack to my New York trip in March, and that is in no way a bad thing. I love the reference 'boys and boys' and 'girls and girls' just because it shows that acceptance for those who have an attraction to the same sex and it's a contender for most listened to on my new bright green Ipod. Blank Space is the sassy one that's tore up the airwaves and one which kept us sane through the last week of sixth form before Christmas (I've got too many embarrassing videos of us attempting to sing) which is an obvious dig at the media, while Style is said to be all about Harry Styles. I hope that Style is the next single released from the album as it is the most commercial, and I love the pre-chorus and laid back vibe it has. Out Of The Woods on the other hand is a fast ballad which really makes you think about life and relationships in general, and the instrumental of this one is probably the most perplexing on it's own, even if sometimes it seems too personal.
All You Had To Do Was Stay is unfortunately one of the worst tracks on the album, the chorus is general enough and enjoyable but the verses are sadly a little lacklustre and on somebody else's album (read: a recent The Saturdays album) it would probably appear okay but when compared to the great tracks around it, this isn't fab at all. Shake It Off is another hit for Miss Swift, and was the main reason I bought the album, I love the too-cool-for-you digs and the fast upbeat sound, and it's great when rammed up to full volume. I Wish You Would is a little like 'All You Had To Do Was Stay', I really enjoy the chorus but the first verse does the track no justice at all, but then at the same time it's in no way skippable and the middle eight is pure pop perfection. Then we have Bad Blood, which I adore. It's got a great bass line, it packs fifty punches and I just love it, full stop. I still haven't made my mind up about Wildest Dreams, on first listen I really enjoyed it and I still enjoy it now, a month later, but slipped in just after Bad Blood maybe wasn't the best decision ever made by the record company, as I'm still fan girling over Bad Blood too much to fully appreciate Wildest Dreams.
How You Get The Girl reminds me of I Wish You Would, but I enjoy this one much more, it has a old Taylor vibe and I can see it fitting in well in the Lovestruck era with Love Story, it has the same rhythm to it. This Love makes me smile, the beauty of the track is within its simplicity and Taylor's soft vocals. I Know Places makes me feel so sorry for Taylor, it's the most atmospheric track of the whole album and I can feel the feel echoing from each syllable until it is all consuming, I honestly cannot do anything when I hear this one, I just sit down and think which scares me a little. Clean on the other hand is a weird one, and I cannot put my finger on the opinion I've come to. With echoes of a Nina Nesbitt track, it's a sweet ending to a way above average album but I can't seem to come to an opinion, it's just there I think.
I would give 1989 a well deserved 9 / 10.
Have you bought 1989?