Other highlights of the album include “Out Of The Woods” which was co-written/produced by Jack Antonoff of Fun, “Bad Blood” which is the only semi-angry track towards a former friend, and “Wildest Dreams” her strangest yet beautiful song yet. Taylor even tries to appeal to an older audience while not leaving her rabid fans behind. The whole album has an adult contemporary feel and she is finally writing lyrics that emulate her age.
“How You Get The Girl,” another standout from the album, not only has one heck of a catchy beat, but should be praised for being a gender neutral song. Making the narrator neither boy or girl shows the growth she has made since her 2006 track “Picture To Burn.” The deluxe edition is definitely worth the money as the three bonus tracks are perfection. “New Romantics,” one of the bonus tracks, has the pulsating beats and the catchy melody that is made for Top 40 radio, but it also feels like untraveled territory.
Taylor Swift took a chance blatantly leaving country music and Nashville. It’s admirable, giving the fact that her career wouldn’t be where it is without country music. Sometimes change is good and 1989 is easily her best work and her most cohesive album yet. She and her small group of collaborators have created a unique pop record, which is risky given the state of the business. Industry insiders predict that Taylor will sell over 1.3 million copies in her first week. This will be a first for 2014, a first for an artist to have three consecutive albums sell a million copies in the first week, and a first pop album for Taylor Swift. 1989 is not only Taylor’s best work; it’s the best pop album released this year.