Country darling Taylor Swift is steadily rebranding her image, transitioning from doe-eyed American sweetheart to take-charge pop star shakin’ off the haters. From her current outings in the media, she seems to be more in control and confident than ever. Using this time in her life as a springboard to evolve as a person and artist, Swift shows us how New York and the era of the 80’s, two powerful spaces, have impacted her musical and personal identity. Lucky for us fans, we get to follow her on this new journey!
From buoyant curls, porkpie hats, and Keds to red lips, a polished bob, and a more timeless (still swoon-worthy) style that even Amal Alamuddin fancies, Taylor is ready to leave her good-girl country image in a trail of dust, pursuing a mature yet still fun-to-dance-to sound. She’s growing with her twentysomething fanbase and we’re ready.
The Taylor Swift new album, “1989,” which will be number five for the international hit maker, will be released next week, October 27th and is currently available for pre-order on itunes. She’s already released three tracks, including the infectious dance song of the summer/fall “Shake It Off,” as well as “Out of the Woods,” a more rhythmic tune reminiscent of the band M83, and “Welcome to New York,” a soon-to-be anthem for movers and groovers of all kinds.
Thus far, my favorite track is “Out of the Woods” (I’ve probably contributed to 100+ listens on YouTube) as it does both a great job of storytelling, and melodically/methodically luring me into the emotions of Swift’s narrative. For those who don’t know, the song is about her previous relationship with Harry Styles.
Taylor Swift continues to wow us with her charm, down-to-earth charisma, and quirky (but not in a Manic Pixie Dream Girl kind of way) personality. Fans adore her because she engages with us, tells our stories, and is truthful in a way that makes us certain she is nothing but herself onstage, in front of the camera, or even when sporting a cat-adorned graphic robe on a flight. Whether she’s hosting listening parties for her biggest fans, or poking fun at a tumblr meme, Swift assures us she is one of us, just another twentysomething trying to find her way.
Has Taylor Swift given country music the PINK SLIP? It seems like it for now, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing.
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