Party like it's "1989"
BY ALEX BALLARD OCTOBER 31, 2014
The years, months, days have been ticking down. Following the critical success of two years ago, there was no telling what was to come with this year’s Swiftmas, the greatest time of the year. The days got closer and closer as jealousy was fueled at those who were blessed with an invitation to the 1989 Secret Sessions. The night of Oct. 26 was upon us, and it was as if you could hear the soft rustling of blankets around the world as restless fans tossed and turned, surely too excited to sleep. The clock struck 12 and Swiftmas was upon us. Laptops opened faster than kids coming down the steps on Christmas morning. As “play” was hit around the world, The Great Schism of Taylor Nation began.
This Oct. 27 marked Swiftmas, the long awaited day every two years when we, the humble fans, are graced with a new collection of upbeat melodies and country pop songs encouraging us to be strong in our weakest moments. Or at least that’s what we usually are greeted with. This year marked a change in our beloved T-Swizzle and in the hearts of many of her fans. While Taylor began as a country artist, there’s no question that over the years she has drifted further and further away from her country roots, and “1989” marks the end of this full journey from country to pop.
Her new style incorporates elements of synthpop with an overall influence from the ‘80s, hence the title, and I can’t get enough. “1989,” while a genre change for Swift, still feels like a Taylor Swift album. She managed to bring herself to a new genre and style while still holding onto the roots of what makes Taylor, Taylor.
She explores several elements of her new approach to music throughout the album. With upbeat tracks like “How You Get the Girl” and darker, slower songs like “Blank Space,” I would like to say there’s a little bit of Taylor here for everyone. However, I have seen many fans upset over her departing from her country roots, and you may very well be a member of “The Haters” in the Schism.
While I do think Taylor managed to bring many elements from her previous albums into this one, there is no mistaking that this remains a great departure from her previous work. I would not recommend this to anyone who is not open to a new Taylor Swift.
I, myself, thoroughly enjoyed “1989,” and I’m sad to see so many of Swift’s fans falling over to the side of The Haters. I feel like Swift said it best herself with, “The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.” And I am going to shake because this album is awesome.