Taylor Swift taps 1989 for inspiration; Neil Diamond strolls bountiful ‘Melody Road’

October 28, 2014 1:36 AM

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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 1989, named for Swift’s December 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 country music, a genre that...

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