Traveling back to 1989 in style

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

Country singer turned pop star, Taylor Swift released her fifth album, 1989, on Oct. 27. Trying to shy away from her country roots, Swift’s new album shows her love for mid-1980s synth-pop. 1989 does not disappoint loyal Taylor Swift fans, also known as Swifties, by keeping the theme of heartbreak and loss evident in her music, but now does so in a more subtle fashion than her previous albums. Releasing her first single off the album, “Shake It Off”, in August, Swift gave a first peek at the bubbly pop sound of her new album. The track was written to show how Swift will not let the commentators or a boy affect the way she does things and will keep pursuing her dreams, no matter what anyone tells her. The song showcases her feelings with lyrics like “haters gonna hate” and “heartbreakers gonna break…I’m just gonna shake it off.” One particularly popular song from 1989 has been “Blank Space” in which Swift pokes fun at her extensive dating life to an electronic beat with lyrics like “Got a long list of ex-lovers/They’ll tell you I’m insane/Cause you know I love the players/and you love the game.” Other popular songs off the album include “Style”, “Out of the Woods”, and “Clean”, which she wrote with Imogen Heap. Swift’s newest album has shown how much she has grown since her debut album, Taylor Swift, while keeping her loyal Swifties happy and possibly attracting a new crowd with the different sound.