Taylor Swift Begins Again: How Swift Shakes Off the Haters (and Has Some Fun) on '1989'

November 13, 2014 8:32 PM

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As regrettable as it is to admit, there was definitely a period of time when I doubted Taylor Swift. Regardless of the praise Red received as the genre-crossing epic of a Swiftian album, I could never seem to get on board with the ostensibly erratic mix of mellow guitar tracks and synth-heavy singles on the album. For a groundbreaking record-to-end-all-records, it seemed too indecisive and tentative, with one foot in the door of pop, and the other reluctant to leave country behind. For the first time, Taylor seemed unsure of herself, like she was trying too hard to fit into the music world, something she should never have to do, since she's clearly already claimed her position as the superstar singer-songwriter who seems as relatable as the girl next door. Red was like the awkward phase in junior high, when you know where you want to go, but don't quite know how to get there yet.

However, whatever qualms I had about Taylor have been shattered for good by her new album, 1989. The hesitant electro-synth beats on Red turn into a confidently pop album with a plethora of insanely catchy tracks, and I couldn't love it more. And unlike Swift's former albums, there isn't a song on 1...

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