Taylor Swift takes the world back to 1989

Taylor Swift's new album, 1989, brings out a Swift's new voice style.

Taylor Swift's new album, 1989, brings out a Swift's new voice style.

Jess Levine, For Eastside

Taylor Swift has been all the buzz ever since late summer with her revealing new album. Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, has skyrocketed to the top of the charts, ever since it was announced in August. The 24-year old singer has fully transitioned to pop on her latest album, which includes 13 songs and three extra tracks along with songwriting voice memos for the deluxe album (available only at Target).

But Swift’s transformation could not have been sudden, with tracks like the bass-blasting “I Knew You Were Trouble” and catchy “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” headlining her previous album.

The lead song, “Welcome to New York” has a long intro, filled with a repetitive beat and lots of synthesizers. The synth spreads out once it gets to the chorus, where Swift says “Welcome to New York/ It’s been waiting for you/ Welcome to New York/ Welcome to New York”. The sound then explodes over the chorus. Throughout the song, Swift talks about her new hometown, and notes though it may be overwhelming, “The lights are so bright/but they never blind me”.

Another song that transitions into pop would be “I Wish You Would”, co-written by Fun.’s Jack Antoff. Throughout the track, there is an electric guitar riff, along with synthesizers and a drum pad. In addition, the second non-promotional single, “Out of the Woods”, also written with Antoff, has a synthesized and electric undertone.

With the new album came new confidence for Swift, shown in the hit “Shake it Off”, where she pokes fun at her own dancing and exclaims “haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate”.

In “Blank Space”, Swift plays the public misconception of her as she says sarcastically, “Oh my god/look at that face/ you look like/ my next mistake”. She acknowledges her media reputation of dating around and clinginess when she chants “Boys only want love if it’s torture/don’t say I didn’t say I didn’t warn ya”.

However, Swift continues her famous style of writing about her private life. In the haunting “I Know Places”, she discusses a relationship with no privacy in it, singing “They are the hunters/we are the foxes/ and we run.”

“Clean” is about starting over with a new beginning. The track reveals what Swift had to go through with “So I punched a hole through in the roof/let the flood carry away all my pictures of you”. Swift also reveals “10 months sober/I must admit/ just because your clean/ don’t mean you don’t miss it”.

“Wildest Dreams” stands out, with a Lana Del Rey and Lorde vibe not expected from Swift. As she approaches the chorus, her voice creeps up higher and the slow drum beats are accompanied by a violin-sounding noise. Swift also has a seductive tone, groaning “You’ll see me in hindsight/Tangled up with you all night/Burnin’ it down”.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 is titled not only after her birth year, but after the kind of sound it has. The genre is a mix of modern and 80’s pop with synthesizers prominent in nearly every song. Though Swift changed the sound of her music, she still writes about the same experiences and emotions from those written in previous albums. Some country fans may be upset to see that Swift is not the same 16-year-old girl in Nashville, but a singer exploring new realms and exceeding expectations.