Taylor Swift. Everyone knows her whether they like it or not. She actually landed the November 24, 2014 cover of Time magazine. She’s an intriguing musician. First a country whirlwind at the age of thirteen, Swift took Nashville by storm. Singing in Nashville brought her multiple grammys and platinum albums, according to Time magazine.
But now it seems she’s put Nashville and country music away. Everyone has acknowledged her departure from the country genre, especially the country world itself. At the Country Music Awards, hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sarcastically joked about everyone having PPTSD, short for “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.”
Her new album, 1989, came out in late October. According to PopCrush, it is reminiscent of 80s pop music and includes collaborations with well-known composers like Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, and Jack Antonoff. Tedder is from the band OneRepublic, Martin from Coldplay, and Antonoff from Fun. Time magazine reports that Swift was so eager to part with country that she said to Tedder, “There is no country on this album. Pretend I’m this new artist who just needs to make this album that defines her career.”
1989 is the year Taylor Swift was born, and her birthday signifies rebirth to her. In a letter she wrote promoting her album, she states that birthdays represent change and growth, especially for her as an artist. It is evident that she made a full 360 in terms of her sound. Even her perspective on love has changed. All this change makes her seem much wiser even though she’s only twenty-four. In her letter, Swift wrote, “There is no ‘riding off into the sunset’ like I used to imagine. I wrote about an important lesson I learned recently…That people can say whatever they want about me, but they can’t make me lose my mind… I’ve told you my stories for years now. This is a story about coming into your own, and as a result…coming alive.”
As for the album, Swift acknowledges what people tend to think of her on many tracks. According to Time magazine, she knows that most people have formed the boy-chasing-and-hating-songwriter image about her. She mocks it in “Blank Space,” and in “Shake it Off” she shows everyone her skin is thick and that negative attention means nothing to her. In “Welcome to New York”, she embraces the Big Apple and its love affair with world-class artists and musicians. The other lesser known tracks on the album are also very upbeat and unique like “Out of the Woods” and “Bad Blood.” “Style” starts with an electric guitar riff and proceeds stylishly itself too.