OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Christina is in 10th Grade at Corner Stone.
Taylor Swift, one of the most popular artists in the music industry, has come out with another album called 1989 (Taylor Swift’s birth year). The album was released on October 28, 2014.
This new CD showcases Taylor’s full change in genre from country to pop, a change creeping into her album’s song by song since her start in 2004. Her first album in 2006, self titled Taylor Swift, was all country containing the hit songs Tear Drops on My Guitar and Our Song. Two years later, Taylor released Fearless which barely had any country music. The exception was the song Fifteen and a couple of other unmemorable titles that were not popular. The pop songs on Fearless were You Belong With Me, Love Story and Fearless. Since these songs were more pop than country and chart topping hits, Taylor decided that is the way she should go.
Taylor’s next album released in 2010, Speak Now, was again a mix of country sounding pop songs. Titles like Mean, Mine, and Sparks Fly were country only, and surprising everyone when she came out with her next album Red.
Red was released only two years ago and is my personal favorite. This album, to me, was almost all pop and had a lot of hit singles. Hit titles were I Knew You Were Trouble, 22, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, and State of Grace (Miss Christina: OMG don’t forget All Too Well !!!). This album had a lot of collaborations with other artists, in the song, Everything Has Changed, Ed Sheeran sings with Taylor and it sounds AMAZING!! (Miss Christina: I sing Ed Sheeran’s part when I’m in the car. LOVE IT!)
Although I have not fully listened to 1989, I can tell that it is a pop-focused album, especially when I heard the single Shake It Off.
From her many breakups to her five houses/condos/penthouses (Miss Christina: Including her beach house in Rhode Island), Taylor Swift is doing something right. As to what genre she is, I think she is is her own mix of pop and country. That has always been Taylor, and probably always will be. Compared to Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, their music styles and their image, some say Taylor has changed to pop suddenly. Their reasoning is that Taylor did if for the money, but I think it was her plan and what she thought her fans would like. Whatever she is doing, she is amazing and successful and people love her. (Miss Christina: Jessica Simpson and Katy Perry used country/christian as their stepping stone into pop too! Taylor just did it best. LOVE HER.).
Miss Christina: TAYLOR WAS IN NORTH HAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!