Flashback to the 80s

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Flashback to the 80s

With the way the world is listening to music today, Taylor Swift is one of the last remaining pop divas who can sell albums in large numbers. She started in 2006 with an eponymous country album followed by Fearless and Speak Now.

Her fifth album, 1989, is pure synthetic pop, contrived and manufactured to appeal to a largely teen market. With this album, Taylor says goodbye to country pop-rock because of which she became famous. The album’s title is inspired by the pop-music scene of the 1980s, which also happens to be Taylor’s birth year.

“Welcome to New York” is a catchy song woven around the Big Apple, appealing to the kind of mass audience who might don a T-shirt proclaiming, “I Love New York.” The track “Blank Space” is about an irreverent girl with a “long list of ex-lovers.” The track “Style” is peppy 1980s pop. “Out of the woods” should be sub-titled “and into the party.” It is a danceable number. “All You Had To Do Was Stay” is a sort of mandatory break-up song in a teen album.

“Shake It Off” has catchy choral phrase, live drums, hand claps. “I Wish You Would” is another synth-laden break-up song. ‘Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes,’ Taylor laments in the song “Bad blood”. It sounds like a Katy Perry song. In “Wildest Dreams”, Taylor sounds almost like Lana Del Rey. “How You Get The Girl” is an eminently forgettable song and would have been best avoided in the album. “This Love” is a stripped down sentimental slow jam over piano. In “I Know Places”, Taylor exhibits two different voices, one on the verses and another anthemic, high pitched on the chorus. The last song “Clean” has guest vocals from Imogen Heap. It is song about addiction, risk, wanting, not having, safety and daring.

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