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Album Review: Taylor Swift ‘1989 (Taylor’s Verison)’

Taylor Swift returns with her fourth re-recording, making history, yet again with ‘1989 (Taylor’s Verison)’, a pop perfection.

Taylor Swift’s voice is matured on this particular re-recording, showcasing an immediate difference, in a beautiful way. Her confidence, vocal range, and emotions are all on full display in an immaculate way. This album is a classic reimagined version. The power move to rerecord her album to regain ownership of her work is changing the music industry.

‘1989 (Taylor's Version)’, a synth-pop album with 80s influences, is distinguished by lively percussion and synth arrangements. It includes five previously unheard "From the Vault" tracks in addition to rerecorded versions of the 16 songs from the 1989 deluxe edition.

‘Slut!’ is Taylor Swift’s take on slut-shaming that she has experienced throughout her time in the public eye. She shows that she’s proud of that particular relationship that the media are ridiculing. The production is slow-paced with a mid-tempo dreamy vibe to it.

‘Say Don't Go’ explores the strong emotions that occur in romantic relationships and is a very emotional song. With its patriotic chorus and solitary voice patterns, it's a sensitive song. It captures the devastating experience of loving someone and having to live with their desertion. It's the ideal illustration of how her songs can move and tear her listeners' hearts.

She has a lovely falsetto in ‘Now That We Don't Talk’, which highlights her breathy voice. This lively song addresses the emotions of resistance to a relationship ending. The pop song is genuinely captivating and compels the listener to keep playing it on repeat.

‘Surburan Legends’ tells a tale in a nostalgic, nuanced, and tragic ballad of a high school love that didn't work out. The narrator of the song claims that her lover kissed her "in a way that's gonna screw (her) up forever" and that since he hasn't returned, her "whole life's ruined." The song explores the impact that an adolescent relationship can have on an individual's future.

‘Is It Over Now?’ is a remarkable way to wrap up the legendary pop album, being a compelling and appealing tune. This song has an air of unresolved business, with frantic vocals that give a sense of urgency over steady drum rhythms as they admit their love is ending.

Taylor Swift's glittering success, ‘1989 (Taylor's Version)’, commemorates her ascent to pop superstar status. Reclaiming the stories that should have been hers, the album brilliantly captures romance and self-reinvention, spurred on by others who disparaged her compositional skills. She took chances, and they were quite profitable. She takes us on the most amazing musical voyage through the recesses of her mind via the narratives of these songs, a voyage that seems to go on forever.

Releasing, ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’, will hold even greater significance for Swifties as it features some of her renowned, artistic, and expressive poetry, which is refreshing to hear.

Taylor Swift is reclaiming her power and her right to own her work, as I noted in my assessments of, ‘Fearless (Taylor's Version)’, ‘Red (Taylor's Version), and ‘Speak Now (Taylor's Version)’, now with the release of‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’, it’s a fantastic addition to her discography of rerecorded albums and music.

Words by Danielle Holian

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