Album review: 1989 (Taylor's Version) by Taylor Swift

Here's what one of our music editors thought of the highly anticipated release

Madeha Ali
20th November 2023
Image credit: Instagram @taylorswift
Global sensation Taylor Swift has re-released the highly anticipated 1989 (Taylor’s version) and fans worldwide could not be more excited. The awaited release is a testament to Swift’s determination to regain control over her early music which was sold by her former manager, Scooter Braun. Whilst masterfully encapsulating the magic of the original album, 1989 (Taylor’s version) adds a new dimension of experience and introspection. 

Whilst masterfully encapsulating the magic of the original album, 1989 (Taylor's version) adds a new dimension of experience and introspection

The original album is peppered with a youthful exuberance which is encapsulated in songs like ‘How You Get The Girl’. This song hones in on the excitement of young love, celebrating the giddy anticipation that comes with the beginning of a blossoming relationship. The same energy is beautifully recreated in ‘You Are In Love’ where Swift takes listeners through a whimsical journey of the realisation of finding someone you truly love. With her reinvigorated vocals and wisdom over the years, the new recordings of her older songs holds a beautiful element of nostalgia.

Image credit: Instagram @taylorswift

Then there are the iconic singles, including ‘Style’, ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Wildest Dreams’ which left an indelible mark on pop culture. Even if you are not familiar with Taylor Swift as an artist, chances are these songs will still transport you back to your childhood. Swift’s ability to craft music that remains relevant is showcased in the enduring popularity of these tracks. My personal favourite part of the album is the re-recorded ‘Bad Blood’ with Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s feature in her re-recording serves to emphasise how important it is for artists to support one another in the evolving music industry. 

Whilst the album revisits the artistry of her past songs, it also introduces five new tracks from the vault. These include ‘Slut!’, ‘Say Don’t Go’, ‘Now That We Don’t Talk’, ‘Suburban Legends’ and the popular ‘Is It Over Now?’. These new additions highlight Swift’s evolution as an artist and showcase her increased confidence in releasing music confidently and unapologetically. 

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