Taylor Swift started her transition from country to pop with her previous album, Red. Now, with her follow-up, 1989, she has officially gone pop. While she has been slowly transitioning to pop with each of her albums, Taylor has built up a monstrously large fan base that would more than likely follow her to the ends of the earth. Not to mention that the media loves to speculate every time she’s seen out in public with someone. From John Mayer to Harry Styles, she’s had high-profile relationships that keep her in the spotlight when she’s not touring or releasing a new album.
Of the three singles released, “Shake It Off,” was probably the best one. “Out of the Woods” was way too repetitive for my liking, though I do like Swift pairing up with Jack Antonoff. Some tracks on the album came off as overproduced and more over-the-top than necessary. However, there are still some great pop songs on the album, which is to be expected when you’re working with the likes of Max Martin, Jack Antonoff, and Ryan Tedder. In my opinion, “Bad Blood” would have made for a much better single than either “Out of the Woods” or “Welcome To New York.”
Is this the best pop album I’ve heard this year? Most likely not. But it will probably sell better than any of the other pop albums I greatly enjoyed, such as Bleachers’ Strange Desire. Taylor Swift may be outrageously popular, but she doesn’t quite have the pop album down as well as artists like Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. She’s on her way there, though. Red wasn’t quite considered a pop album, especially considering how many country awards it was nominated for, but 1989 is absolutely a pop album. She just needs a bit more finesse to get the right balance of catchy beats/hooks and those more somber, ballad type songs that can be equally successful.