Taylor Swift steps out of her comfort zone with 1989

Madeline Kemper, Lifestyles Editor

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The timeless, “red lipped, classic” singer Taylor Swift has done it again, evolving past simplistic guitar solos to a full on pop culture revolution. Hitting number one on the U.S. billboards and selling over a million copies in just one week proves the diversity of fans that Swift has accumulated. In just 13 songs, 1989 expresses a new side, bringing in extremes never ventured to before.

The polarized photo album cover reflects the year she was born, and the artists during that time who inspired her. The album also includes no crossovers, which is unique in the sense that most pop artists release albums featuring other artists.

The first song on the album “Welcome to New York” expresses recent events, as she just bought a pad in the city after moving from Nashville. This track also reflects previous Swift anthems including “Mean” from her Speak Now album, where she eludes to someday living in a big city.

“Shake it Off” has taken on a carefree mood, as it radiates with a great beat and frivolous lyrics. Her music video reveals the goofiness in herself. It is the perfect song to sing and let loose when no one is watching.

“Blank Space,” the second most popular on the album behind “Shake it Off,’” has exploded on the radio. The recklessness of her lyrics appeals to teenagers who feel that relationships can be taken to an extreme in this society and gives very relatable ideals in young love. The techno vibe and catchy chorus make it a memorable song.

Swift also includes a song about her statement red lips and expresses her personality through the song style. Appealing to the men, the track “How You Get the Girl” gives a step by step tutorial on just exactly how to win over the ladies. This song expresses everything a girl wants and needs to hear after her love is lost.

“Wildest Dreams” reveals the most variation in her voice, reflecting an almost Lana Del Ray type of range. She also sharply contrasts her previous works with lyrics such as “no one has to know what we do” and “clothes are in my room” that take a more proactive stance. Swift is maturing right along with her music and it is shown through this album.

The diversity and overall metamorphosis proves that no one can be immune to this pop star. The emotions, lyrics and relatable experiences will have you playing 1989 on repeat for weeks to come.

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