Hey lovely readers! Thanks for reading the 2nd instalment of Music Monday (even though by now it’s technically Tuesday) This week Kathleen and I are going to review the New Taylor Swift album (as I just got around to listening to some of it). Here’s what we think:
Kathleen: Even though she no longer identifies as country (and you know we love country), I still love Taylor’s new album. If we had to pick a top 3 it would be: (1) How You Get the Girl, (2) Wildest Dreams, (3) Clean.
Nora: Okay, so starting with Clean. This song is track 13 on her new album, our favorite lyric is in the chorus “When I was drowning, that’s when I could finally breathe.” I love this line because it show us how, even when you are in the darkest moments, and feel as if you can’t breathe sometimes it is easier than you think. There is that moment, whether it be in the middle of studying for finals or just the middle of a busy weekend when you believe time is against you. However following that moment, it could be anywhere from an hour to a few seconds later, where you realize that Wow, even with all this chaos surrounding me I am able to do this all I have to do is breathe. All readers out there just remember and can identify with that. I mean it is just our interpretation though 😉
Kathleen: For the song, How You Get the Girl, I really just like the beat, it’s super catchy. This is the song on the album that I find myself singing along with the most. I like the line “I want you for worse or for better, I would wait for ever and ever.” The lyrics aren’t earth-shattering but I think Tay sings this line really well. Basically, the vocals are good. A lot of people have problems with T-Swizzle because they dislike her male-centered lyrics. For me, however, as long as the lyrics are catchy and something I can sing along to with little effort I’m sold. This really how I feel about the whole album. You can hate on my girl all you want, but this girl can sing. I will support her no matter what she does.
Jess: I’m still not sure what I think. First of all I can honestly say all the songs sound alike. I was listening to the album and got 4 or 5 songs in and didn’t really realizes that one had changed (which mean I had to relisten to them so I could write this haha). The album is pretty good but very pop so if you love and miss Country Taylor (like I do) just stick with her previous 4 records*. I skipped through quite a few of the songs – like “Style” that I couldn’t get into. I mean some of the lyrics are great – like “the monsters turned out to be just trees,” from “Out of the Woods” (which, I would feel confident betting, at least 50 people have already gotten tattooed on their bodies). I struggle with some of the lyrics – Like I hate hearing my kid sister sing Blank Space for so many reasons and I honestly don’t think it’s nearly as good of a song as everyone’s making it out to be (though the pen clicks are cool). I mean it’s good but more like, let’s play this good-beat-music in a scene from Gossip Girl or some equally concerning chick movie while someone is having a night out on the town or whatever. Wildest dreams is vaguely Lana Del Rey which is kinda cool. The album is also really neat because it really sticks to the theme. The best moments come toward the end, “How You Get the Girl” mixes up the best of her old and new tricks, and “This Love” is exactly the kind of tune that they were just starting to call a “power ballad” in 1989. (The precise equivalent would be Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There for You.”). “Clean,” English singer Imogen Heap adds ethereal backup sighs to Swift’s electro melancholy (“You’re still all over me like a wine-stained dress I can’t wear anymore”). You can definitely feel the 80’s influences and that’s pretty cool. Also, according to rolling stone “Most of the songs hover above the three-minute mark, which is a challenge for Taylor as she’s always been a songwriter who can spend five minutes singing about a freaking scarf and still make every line hit like a haymaker. But if you’re into math, note that the three best songs here – “How You Get the Girl,” “This Love,” “Clean” – are the three that crash past four minutes.”* Overall I feel like they all kinda sound like the same song but its a good gateway as a full pop album as that’s what she’s aiming for.
Love it or hate it we won’t judge you! Well 1/3 of us won’t 😉 These are just our thoughts we threw down real quick – It’s not helpful or educational but we hope it was interesting for you. We’ll catch up with you all next week – be sure to tune in to us Mondays 3-4
Kathleen and Jess
(Special thanks to Nora for her input!)
*Note that the original publication said 4 records because I obviously don’t know what I’m talking about. Thank you reader for point this out! <3 you guys.