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Review: Taylor Swift – 1989

Taylor Swift
1989 (Universal Music)

Breakdown: After she released ‘Shake It Off’, fans around the world couldn’t wait to hear more from Taylor Swift’s first pure pop album. The track went straight to number one. Naturally, 1989 shot to the top of the charts as well selling 1,287 million copies in the first week. This made Taylor the first person in 2014 to sell over 1 million albums and she became the first person in history to have three albums in a row sell over 1 million copies in the first week (Speak Now, Red, 1989).

How Many Good Tracks:11 of the 13.

What I Liked: Oh my gosh, are you kidding me? It’s freaking Taylor Swift! The songs on the album were, firstly, all written by her (sure, she had co-writers) and it shows just how talented this girl really is. The songs are quirky, funny, romantic, cruel and even sexy. Being her first pop album you can expect the best production (it is mostly produced by Max Martin and Shellback). I feel like this album is Taylor Swift on a platter and she really bares who she really is on the album. Also, most of the songs are strong, single worthy and that hardly happens on a record.

What I Didn’t Like: First of all, let’s just be honest with each other – Taylor Swift doesn’t have a mind-blowing voice. Listen, it’s not bad but it’s far from an Ella Henderson. I think a pop album somehow highlights that more than her country stuff. Speaking about the country side of things, I miss it. I know Taylor is experimenting with a new sound but damn, can we at least have a bit of banjo?

Best Track: Blank Space is fantastic but nothing touches Wildest Dream. That track is pop perfection!

Rating: 4.5/5

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