Vicki296 wrote:I like Shake it Off. For a first single it's quite good. I mean, it's not her most well-written or deep song, but it has a good message and is catchy. I expected this of a first single, and it was better than I expected. Her voice is really good the melody is awesome and it has a good message. I like the music video and the song because it's kind of witty if you think about it. She's making a commentary on society and at the same time it's lighthearted and encouraging to those who listen to it.
1989 is an awesome title and the album package just seems so cool. I love the polaroid idea (the exact picture is so-so but the idea is awesome), and the fact that we get a pack of polaroids with the album, that was so awesome I was just mindblown. And we get VOICE MEMOS. I'm so excited to hear them. Plus, I think the album booklet is going to look great.
The 80s influence certainly is interesting, I don't know what to expect but I'm sure Tay can pull it off. As for Max Martin and Shellback, I don't have any issues with them. Yeah, they don't produce the most original or magnificent pieces, but Taylor thinks they challenge her to improve, and they are quite good at what they do. As for a pop album, I think at this point in her life, it's expected. That's how she wants to express herself and I can't fault her for that. She's 24, and she's writing an album about moving on from heartbreak and just finding yourself and enjoying that discovery. I think pop music fits that ideal for her. And I have a feeling that the album will still sound very Taylor, even if it doesn't have country instrumentation, I think just the way she says/sings/writes/puts together some things just cannot be matched by anyone else, and I think that this album will be no different in that respect. She's an incredible musician, she's not limited by genres. If she feels that 1989's style best expresses her emotions over the last two years, I really cannot fault her. I have a good feeling about it. I feel like it'll be full of insightful comments and well-written lyrics but at the same time, quite upbeat and unique.
I think Taylor will return to country. But that's just not where she is right now. (If I were betting, I'd say album 7 will be distinctly country.) But she writes and sings about the emotions she has right now, and if 80s pop influences and inspires her and pop is the way to express those emotions, well, I can't wait to hear what she comes up with.
I've been thinking about it and listening to SIO, and I have to agree with you, Vicki. I really hope you're right about album 7. It's sad for me that she's abandoning it right now like there are happy country songs!