New releases: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989,’ Neil Diamond, Little Big Town, Cat Stevens

October 27, 2014 12:00 PM

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New releases: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989,’ Neil Diamond, Little Big Town, Cat Stevens

Four years ago, Taylor Swift taunted her Mean critics with the promise, “Someday, I’ll be living in a big ol’ city.” Sure enough, she has moved from Nashville, which, last time we checked, was a “big ol’ city,” to a pricey pad in lower Manhattan.

But the lavishly packaged 1989, named for Swift’s December 13, 1989 birthdate and for the musical inspiration of the era she sought for her fifth studio album, represents a more significant move for contemporary music’s most bankable star. She has shifted her allegiance wholly to pop and away from c...

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