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1989

Taylor Swift

2014

1989

Album Summary

1989 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on October 27, 2014, by Big Machine Records. Following the release of her genre-spanning fourth studio album Red (2012), noted for its pop hooks and electronic accents, the media questioned the validity of Swift's status as a country artist. Inspired by 1980s synth-pop to create a record that shifted her sound and image from country to mainstream pop, Swift enlisted Max Martin as co-executive producer, and titled her fifth album after her birth year as a symbolic rebirth of her artistry. The album's synth-pop sound is characterized by heavy synthesizers, programmed drums, and processed backing vocals. Swift wrote the songs inspired by her personal relationships, which had been a trademark of her songwriting. The songs on 1989 express lighthearted perspectives, departing from her previous hostile attitude towards failed romance. Swift and Big Machine promoted the album extensively through product endorsements, television, radio appearances and social media. They pulled 1989 from free streaming services such as Spotify, prompting an industry discourse on the impact of streaming on music sales.After the album's release, Swift embarked on the 1989 World Tour, which was the highest-grossing tour of 2015. The album was supported by seven singles, including three US Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", and "Bad Blood". Critics praised Swift's songwriting in 1989 for offering emotional engagement that they found uncommon in the mainstream pop scene. Meanwhile, the synth-pop production raised questions regarding Swift's authenticity as a lyricist. The album appeared on several publications' lists of the best albums of the 2010s and featured in Rolling Stone's 2020 revision of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. At the 58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, making Swift the first female solo artist to win Album of the Year twice. 1989 was a commercial success. In the US, Swift became the first artist to have three albums each sell over one million copies within their first week of release. The album spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard 200 and received a nine-times platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also earned multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Canada, and the UK, and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Rating

3.33

Votes

5037

Genres

  • Pop
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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Fuck it. I keep looking for reasons to not give this a five but I'm being an idiot. This is a great listen start to finish. Tons of hits and even when it slows down towards the end the songs still get to me. I unabashedly think this is a great album. In other words - I like a the juice.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

The quintessential pop album? Every other song is a damn hit, and even the ones that didn't dominate the radio and department store playlists are catchy as fuck. I would've had a rough time telling you when exactly these songs came out before I came back to this album, and that really just speaks to the timeless feel of this record. Hell yeah Already Saved: Wildest Dreams Saved After Listening: Blank Space, Style, Out Of The Woods

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Sun Nov 28 2021
1

The album equivalent of the CW network- i can't fault anyone for enjoying it, but you'll never convince me it's good.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Awesome listen

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Yup. I unapologetically love it. I didn’t realise it was a love letter to the new romantic movement of the 80s. I love it even more.

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Thu May 13 2021
1

Seriously? I made it through 2/3 of the way. The lyrics are laughable and the music boring at best, and grating at worst.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
1

I don't know what it is about the sound of contemporary pop, but I just can't stand it. I fully realise I'm at the extreme minority corner, but that does not change my perceptions.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
1

This is pretty much everything I dislike about chart music and there was very little that could salvage it. Also everything I've ever seen of her when she's not singing is that she's a bit of a cunt. Shit music sung by a cunt, looks like a one way trip to one star-ville.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

Players gonna play and the haters gonna hate

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

I already have this album added to my library, and what a fantastic album it is! The entire record is filled with pop hits that were very popular when it came out, and rightfully so. The songs are catchy, Taylor’s vocals are amazing, and the overall production is great! This album is so much fun and with so many hits, and basically no duds, it’s very hard to pick a favorite! I know Taylor Swift can be somewhat polarizing, but I don’t understand how anyone can listen to this album open-mindedly and genuinely believe that it’s bad. In fact, I would venture as far as to say this is an almost perfect pop album! 5/5

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Bow down before your queen

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

As far a contemporary pop goes, not bad. For pop, I’d rather look to artists like Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sophie, GFOTY, Charli XCX, and 100 Gecs, but I won’t complain if someone puts some T-Swizzle on.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Packed full of pop hits. Only 2/13 tracks that I don't like.

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Sat May 15 2021
5

I will never not rate Taylor Swift 5/5! The day of got this album, some clowns had been speculating she would rerelease (or announce the date for) 1989, so it felt like a casually cruel twist of fate to get it.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

I don’t care. It’s a damn good album.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Non-stop bops

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

beautiful

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

A favorite album. My biased opinion finds this album sublime, joyous, perfect. Even better in the DLX version.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Fricking pop magic.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

I love this album giving it a five probably because I know all the songs but I just think they’re really fun I know it’s not that advanced but I just really love the album

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

It's not my favourite album of hers (Red) but I can't deny it's packed with smash after smash, including Clean, maybe her best song.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Taylor it’s cool sounding pop! Like it

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Loved it

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Banging

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Blank Space, Shake It Off

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

superbly crafted pop music.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Not Taylor's best- but definitely a 10/10 and classic.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

This is one of my favorite albums of hers, especially the deluxe edition that has the song "You Are In Love" but I'll stick with the regular. There are so many great songs on here, Blank Space, Out of the Woods, Shake It Off, Bad Blood, Wildest Dreams, How You Get the Girl, This Love...this was also her first pop album which was probably why it stuck so much with me. I wasn't as big a fan of country Taylor and when this album came out I fell in love with her pop side. This album is an easy four star, but I'm giving it five because it is very difficult for artists to change genres and she pulled it off.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Every single song on this album is an absolute pop banger......are words I never thought I'd say about a Taylor Swift album..... but this album is great in a genre that has spawned WAP, to have a collection of songs as catchy, light hearted and positive as this is a rare treat

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

No Taylor's Version yet :(

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Trying to find a reason to not give this 5 stars, and I can’t. Loved what she did with Folklore/Evermore and felt this album was the “safe” one for her but she did the genre better than most others. Every song here is a hit. Even the non radio singles are catchy as hell Fave tracks: “Blank Space” “Out of the Woods” “Style” “Bad Blood”

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

I will listen to this album in shame all the time.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

I hadn't listened to 1989 in full before, but so many of the songs are familiar, those cornerstones of mid 2010s pop. It's a good album. It feels like Tay-Tay has a solid concept and thoroughly runs through it, her life as a young woman navigating both the life of a celeb and just surviving the dating world. The opening track "Welcome to New York" feels a little out of place because 1989 is not a New York album. But everything works. The best track is "Wildest Dreams", especially the pre-chorus. There's something so heartbreaking about the melancholic "Say you'll remember me standing in a nice dress / Staring at the sunset, babe".

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

I have to admit I will never stop loving this album...is anyone surprised? I have probably listened to it 100 times and it never gets old. This was when Taylor Swift fully transitioned from the pop-country style to just plain pop. Welcome to NY is the most uplifting declaration of that change and from there the whole album is so nostalgic to the mid-2010s.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

bangers only

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

This a pop album done right. It's fun from beginning to end, full of catchy songs and refreshingly positive songs. I realized I had listened to a lot of these songs as covers (which sometimes I enjoyed more) so it was nice to listen to the originals.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

The girl can write some catchy pop songs

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

History will probably put this pop album in the top Tier of the 21st century.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

One of my favourite Taylor Swift albums. I like the high tempo start and the slower finish.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

I’m a fan!

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Has it been nearly 8 years since this was released? Amazing how time flies. Back then I was worried about Taylor Swift going full-on pop because I really loved her country songs. One listen to 1989 and my reservations were swept aside. Every song on this album won me over with infectious hooks galore! I know people who are dismissive of Taylor Swift - but even if you don’t like her music you can’t deny her incredible talent. Transitioning from country to pop is a very challenging feat that a very small number of artists were ever able to pull off. Taylor did this while continuing to write most of her songs, kept her fans in the process, and dominated the music charts the whole time. My love for this album is already obvious since I have had it in regular rotation for the last 8 years. I know haters gonna hate but there’s a special place in my life for Taylor and I’m very happy to see her on this list.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Oh, so this is the Taylor Swift about whom I've heard so much from under the rock where I've been living. I get it now! Hella catchy but also sophisticated pop tunes. Good for the kids and their parents (and their parents' childless friends). Love it!

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

This album has quite a few singles, and I was familiar with them, but I had never listened to a T.Swift album before. The album marks the shift to full on pop, and it definitely does fit right into that genre. It is a good album. I wasn't really awed by the album, because there wasn't anything there that I didn't expect, I guess. But it was very likable and easy to listen to.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

I felt a little ancient the first time I realized that Taylor Swift named this album 1989 not just because it pays homage to 80s pop, but that it was also the year she was born. It's also funny because I know that I would have loved this album in the 80s even if I pretended I didn't think it was cool. Which is pretty much exactly how I secretly felt about Taylor Swift in the 2010s (secret except for that time I nailed "Look What You Made Me Do" at karaoke). Although I've never listened to this album through before, so many of these songs are burned in my brain from listening so much. I've gotten a whole lot of joy listening, dancing, singing along, and de-stressing to "Shake it Off" in the car. This is my own musical tonic. There isn't a song on here that I don't enjoy.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

I was skeptical first - as I though it's too recent to be added to a best of list (it's basically what my daughter is listening to!). But this album got me - the songs are really really catchy, positive (which most of the albums on this lack) but also really creative. Really a masterpiece. And the synths are top notch. I see how she was inspired by the 80s synth songs. In the hope this album stands the test of time - gave it 5 stars. Highlights: Out Of The Woods, Shake It Off, You Are In Love

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Why would I give this a 5? Modern pop music sucks, right? Taylor Swift sucks too, right? So what if those modern-twisted '80s inspired hooks are catchy? Most of the tracks so overplayed listening to it again hurts right? And the moving atmospheric tracks such as "Out of the Woods" and "Wildest Dreams"? Erm... Not that good right? I mean Taylor is probably not the first one who did that. Oh, and the second half are pretty boring already, huh? So what if those soft tracks are so goood? It ultimately drags the album... I'm only rating this album a very little bit too high because nostalgia. Yes. Those nights with my kid siblings. Watching MTV. The smell of fried potatoes. The way pasta compliments the taste of softdrinks. Father going home from work. It's only nostalgia right? This album is overrated, so I would not give this a 5.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Modern classic. Can’t deny t-swizzle’s a legend

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

I did get down to that sick beat

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

4/12/22 I’m so freaking excited!! I love this album and have already listened to it all the way through many times before. Personally I think it’s one of Taylor’s bests with so many great hits that I can listen to over and over again! Fun lyrics and high energy this album is AMAZING! I literally know every word to every song on the album!! Favorite song: Bad Blood maybe but literally I cannot pick a favorite I love them all!!

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

An album with so many certifiable bangers. It’s so strong all the way through I just had to give it a 5

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Listened to on 4/12/22 5/5 Favorite song: This Love, Style I knew all of this and loved every minute of it - absolute bangers

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Sorry in advance you guys, but this album deserves a 5 in my eyes. As far as pop goes this is likely one of the least annoying or repetitive ones of the bunch and many of these songs were ones I grew up hearing during the peak of my childhood. Yes T Swizzle wrote them all about her exes, but they are catchy and not as bad as most pop songs. Also I hate her country vibe albums and this one is not that

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

The key here is the nonsingles, as I think is the case with Taylor generally. Huge ups to Clean in this regard, interesting instruments on that one. Of course the singles themselves indicate a sonic shift for Taylor that is much more pop-centered, and a wide spread there. Probably a 4.5, but still deserving of a 5 for how prominent this album was during its release.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Pure pop perfection. Every song is catchy and the production is spot on. I tried to fault it but found myself foot tapping and singing along to every track.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Not my favorite Taylor album, but this is still full of good hits and quality cuts that don't get radio play. This feels like a 4 or 4.5 musically for me, and I didn't want to over rate it...but the songs I wasn't familiar with were so good, and that plus the importance of this shift in her sound and how she was percieved gives me enough reason to bring it to a 5. || This album specifically makes me wish you would get certain connected albums in order...or at least within a semi-close timeframe so that listeners could better compare the evolution in an artist's sound. That would make me much more willing to get excited about some of the artists that have frequently appearances (looking at you bowie and costello).

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Pop Perfection. From a country singer none the less. She consistently defies expectations and refuses to stay in her box. The songwriting is as exceptional as ever and the jump in genres is effortless. Its fun, confident, playful and forward thinking. The girl is brilliant and one of the best songwriters of our her generations. One day she'll do a grime album. and that'll be great as well. 5/5

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

How am I *not* giving this 5 stars?

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Better than expected on a start-finish basis

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

This is the first album from this project that I've already listened to! I've been leaving notes to myself about each album just so I remember them better, but no need to do that for this album because I've already listened to it 100 times. This is an easy 5 stars. Part of me feels like I should give it 4 because there are definitely a few songs I listened to once and basically never again, and I actually hate the song Bad Blood lol. But there are so many highs on this album, and when it's good, it's so good, so I can't help but give it a 5. My favorite songs on this album are New Romantics, Shake it Off, and All You Had to Do Was Stay.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

The epitome of pop. That album that makes me want to go on a fun montage with my friends and not look back.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

As insane as it sounds, I don’t think I’ve ever heard an entire song by Taylor Swift. I’m not of the demographic that usually likes her music, so I’ve never felt a need to try it. I know she has country influences, which also has put me off it. I’m cautiously optimistic for this album. It certainly has a upbeat start with the first track. It’s a very well put together pop album and I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. I also recognized the beginnings of a couple of songs. I also think how the album flows from uptempo to slower is very well done. And to top it all off, the homage to 80s pop is great and hits well with me, as I love 80s pop in particular. Fav Track: Blank Space 5/5

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Although I've been told this is a banger by numerous sources, I can now confirm that it is indeed a banger.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

Banger after banger

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

I've been a Swiftie for more than a decade now and have loved her evolution as an artist. 1989 represented a shift away from the country sounds from her earlier albums and was hinted at in Red. This is a direction I've absolutely loved as she matured as a songwriter. I love this album. The songs are absolute bangers and Style is a top 5 maybe top 3 favourite song of mine from her work. Yeah Shake It Off is silly and stupid, but she always has a few of those on her albums. Every time I relisten to songs from this album I discover some small new thing. Also, perhaps most important, I am the same age as Taylor so I really identify with her themes and topics that she explores in her songwriting. When this album came out, I could feel what she was going through in her life since I was going through similar things in my own life. I've always felt a very strong connection to her themes as she captures what it's like to be at that age.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

sim, pop queen 2

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

My first exposure to 1989 was the Ryan Adams cover. That colors my experience of this listen, the most underwhelming one so far: The songwriting here is incredibly strong. The production is flawless as well, though it sometimes comes across as overproduction. Never stale, to be fair, and the magic of the album is when the vocals and production and songwriting perfectly overlay one another for a few transcendent seconds. Those intervals have been different for me over the years. This time I paid more attention to Taylor's vocals as well, which have a good amount of diversity while staying signature.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Some perfect pop. Great album.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

If you like pop music, it's pretty damn good.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Full of bops, didn't expect to like it that much

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Some amazing music and production. Every song is beautifully crafted and just drags you in. I do wish that some of the songs took a few more risks and had more room to breathe - not every songs needs to be a 4 minute single. What spoils it for me is that it feels like the soundtrack to a high school drama. Which it probably has been used for multiple times. Lyrically it really paints a picture, but a picture of a shallow self absorbed person going through a breakup with no shred of intropection beyond 'I like bad boys lol'

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Overproduced. Formulaic. Vapid lyrics. Catchy melodies though. Bit far from those country roots when she was playing bars in places like Kuna, Idaho. Unfortunately, I did catch myself bobbing my head a number of times. That's the only reason it gets two stars.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
2

Swedish super-producer pop. It's fine, but I couldn't find anything distinctive about it. I'd never listened to Taylor Swift before, but was expecting better based on reputation. I'm not sure if the generic production style hides some good song writing, or serves to disguise a lack of quality songs. 2/5

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Tue Jul 20 2021
1

Definition of all right. Incredibly sterile, offensively inoffensive, catchy but uninteresting production that rarely is fun. It feels so safe, while listening to this i felt like i was listening to an album of songs made for the sole purpose of getting some hits, it felt so calculated. No idea what this is doing on this list. The two tracks i liked are Shake it off, which is a great and fun song with a (for this album) unique instrumental, and Clean, which was a great emotional pop song.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
1

Like Fearne Fotton screaming into pillow.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
1

I hate Taylor Swift. This did not change that. In fact, all it did was make me hate myself more for listening to it.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
1

I've never knowingly listened to a Taylor Swift track, though I recognised a few from this. I found the whole experience utterly depressing. I will always champion something that's incompetent but ambitious versus competent mediocrity, and this falls squarely into the latter camp. I realise I'm not the target audience for this pabulum but someone thinks it's one of a thousand-odd albums I need to hear before croaking. I'm almost glad I did, because it'll make all the other colours brighter. Lyrics and production are terrible, but overall it's the fact that this just sounds so dead that makes me recoil. This feels like music that could be written, and performed, by AI. You could tell me that there wasn't a single trace of human endeavour to be found in 1989 and I would believe you.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
1

6/10 for production minus 2 for the laziest lyrics i’ve ever heard, you have to be a walking red flag (and a legitimate bad person) to have THAT many exes you need to shit on in every song minus another 2 for every song sounding the same, oh wow THIS song has trumpets! and THIS song has acoustic guitar, how creative! and minus another 2 for pure pettiness, I’ve had to listen to each and every one of these songs ad nauseam when this POS album was new hearing this album put my body into a fight-or-flight response, I still get fucking PTSD flashbacks to that Norm of the North trailer I would rather eat a literal dick the way Armin Meiwes would, than listen to this god forsaken album one more gd time

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Sat Nov 27 2021
1

Part of me likes to think that Taylor is writing about the long term prospects for her own career on 'Style', the record's third track. Singing directly to her target market, it is absolutely true that there will always be middle school students that will flock to her concerts and gobble up her records. Just don't make the mistake of thinking that her popularity relates to quality in any way. Repetitive structures, catch-phrase lyrics, and monotonous production decimate what little there is to begin with here. Insipid pop music.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
1

Not aimed at me. If I was a 13 year old girl then maybe! My idea of music is something more than squawking along to a computer backing track. Listened to about 6 'tunes' before wasting my life was no longer an option. 1 star

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Thu Aug 04 2022
1

Music for the I-Phone-y generation. Featuring self-obsessed lyrics that sound like they were written on the back a fag packet by a 14 year old kid during detention, chewing gum vocals married to robotic synthesized music, this is about as tedious as expected. It is catchy pop music mind, so I suppose it's no surprise it's a big selling album. But after several sessions of therapy, I think I'm at peace following the ordeal of listening to it.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
1

Incredibly derivative, full of Rihanna “ehs”, Lorde beats, Coldplay hooks and annoying girl lyrics.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Hay que aceptar el pop cuando es pop bueno y este es del mejor que hay. Taylor Swift (al menos en esta etapa) es tremendamente buena y si eso fuera poco tiene la mano de los suecos Max Martin y Shellback que lo que tocan lo hacen oro pop. Su voz es linda y bien cuidada, sus letras y tonadas tienen esos momentos pegajosos que se te quedan el día completo, totalmente relatable para su público (obviamente no para nosotros rayando los 40, pero sí para escuinclas de su edad para abajo) y con momentos altos y bajos para llenar todos los apetitos. Al César lo que es del César.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

Almost every song is a coming of age tale and a scene from a light romantic comedy - love songs for the early 20s, care free yet surprisingly lucid - this album is well crafted, well written, restrained yet pumping throughout - stylishly and well produced. It’s also paced just right - and I enjoyed every minute of it. Never thought in my life I’d give a Taylor Swift album 5 stars but here we are.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

okay - pretty great album

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

lindo perfeito maravilhoso

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

I tried not buying in to the Taylor Swift hype, but this was a banger

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

I like it...I'm old now

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

ставлю пятеру тэйлор, потому что рил кайфик, альбом сладкий, как чупачупс с жвачкой

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

YASS

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAÁ literally mother

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

This is the Taylor Swift album you've been looking for. Less strummy folk, more polished bubblegum pop, and "Shake It Off" has to be her best song. I do still wonder how Taylor's had her heart broken so many times without dying though.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

The best pop album of the 2010s. While not influential musically like Thriller was to the 80s or Lorde or Lana Del Ray were in the same decade, it led to countless singles and making TS an pop star for all audiences, not only teen girls. Super well produced, great run time, a soundtrack for a decade, and will stand the test of time.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Shits a banger, gotta give it to her

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

I was resistant to Taylor Swift for quite some time. She felt like the next Britney or Aguilera. She'll make a few good songs then disappear. I did not realize she was the next Madonna/Micheal Jackson. She continues to put out the best pop of the last 20 years. This particular album produced 7 singles. 4 of which are still radio staples. Super good.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

This is one of the best pop albums of all time. It reminds me of driving to high school in my friends car. Good times. This record has an obnoxious amount of hits. Blank space, style, shake it off, bad blood, and wildest dreams were all HUGE. Welcome to New York is a fantastic opener. Clean is a chill ass closing track. I know places might be my favorite song on here right now. Taylor's best 9/10

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

pop perfection. literal pop perfection. every single song is amazing. one of taylor’s best albums and one of the best albums of all time.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Well hell, boys. Haters gonna hate but damn the girl can write. Sure it's all heartbreaker/breakup/broken heart songs but there's not a stinker on here. Every song slaps. Every. Single. Song. Slaps. And that's something to celebrate. How many albums can that be said about? Not too damn many.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

4.0 - slick production, clever lyrics, some bangers. All around a solid pop album. I’d underestimated Taylor Swift. There’s substance here.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Saved Prior: None (?) Off Rip: Welcome To New York, Blank Space, Style, Out Of The Woods, I Wish You Would, How You Get The Girl Cutting Edge: Wildest Dreams Overall Notes: My sisters used to listen to this album all the time, so I know the majority of these songs. Shocked I didn't have any of them saved before this because what a first 4 songs. Such a good pop album, the literal blueprint for at least half of the past 7 years worth of pop albums. Not as big a fan of the slower songs on this album and Bad Blood is a whiff for me, but a great album nonetheless. Glad she got some respect and made the list. 4.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

some great pop songs, a whole album of it is a bit much for me, but 4* for the catchy hooks

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Fri May 14 2021
4

This one caught me off-guard, some great pop tunes and I'm a big fan of those synth sounds. Best track: Style

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Great, catchy and polished radio pop.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Catchy songs

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Regardless of whatever you think of Taylor as a person. This album kinda slaps

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

An album of music I wouldn't typicaly want to listen to in full, but it is full of great tracks

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Ahhh love me some T Swizzle. Blank Space and Wildest Dreams are solid and Shake It Off should make anyone want to dance. The opening bass line on Style gives me the chills. This album is the beginning of her musical metamorphosis and is pretty good, but not yet peak T Swizzle.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Just pop. Catchy enough.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Es un álbum con temas muy dulces y pegadizos. Es ideal para ir caminando y tener un buen día. Y cantar los temas a los gritos. y obvio shake it off es para mover todo el cucu.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

El disco es un hit atrás de otro. Realmente es tremendo el laburo que tiene encima cada tema. Se nota que se pensaron para ser todos hits. Técnicamente tremendo, pero después de un rato te empalaga un toque. Blank Space, Out in the Woods y Wildest Dreams fue lo que mas me gustó.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Para mi Taylor es la reina de la fórmula borderline narcissistic gurl, y por eso motivo me seca el alma. El disco para lo que apunta a ser, me parece que está bueno, aunque eso no evita que no me guste. Si me aparece alguna canción random en un playlist seguramente la escuche. Por suerte parece que creció un poco y ahora repite menos palabras en sus letras.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

This album had some jams.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Feels like a classic album even though it's only 7 years old. Nearly every song feels familiar and catchy - fine ol' pop right 'ere

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Oh why can't this be Folklore? Then it'd be a 5. This is still one of Taylor's go to albums, but I'm guessing it'll be bumped for Folklore in the future. It better be on a future list. Or maybe the next list will have room for both folklore and 1989. It should, because damn does Taylor know her some hooks. Actual rating is 4.5.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Great, better than I remember it being + it could still grow on me a lot (15/07/21)

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Taylor is a guilty pleasure of mine. She’s a fantastic songwriter and has proven she can write hits. This may be her best album. 4.5/5.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

A disclaimer of sorts: I am the father of three girls with the youngest born the year before this album came out. I've heard the singles and a couple other tracks MANY times (and it's been a generally enjoyable experience). There are some tracks that automatically call back to hearing a two-year old singing along from her car seat. "Style" and "Clean" are two tracks that I would recommend a listen to, if you want to hear a track that might be new to you. This was my first listen to the entire album, but this is one that definitely has a place at our house. I'd probably listen to it again. Here's another tangent - My oldest was surprised and a little confused when I played Ryan Adams' version of "Blank Space" - that was fun.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I could write up a bunch about this album honestly. It came out when I had just started going to college. So it got a lot of play time in the car and when I used to go on runs. It reminds me of many good memories, it was like a musical backdrop for that year. But even aside from that, It's really insane that like more than 70% of this album were huge hits. For me, It's probably my favorite Taylor Swift Project. I love the way she went with the sound and sort of left the more country stylings behind. Definitely in favor of the more poppy sound for sure. I actually recommend this album to people when they don't really like much of her work. Especially when they didn't enjoy fearless or Red.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

An Album that solidified the transition from country to pop. Many great songs and hits on this album.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Yeah... It's not my genre of music, but the pure poppiness of it is very enjoyable. Reminds me a bit of the anthems for a generation from Jagged Little Pill.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

I didn’t want to like this, but I did. It’s a wonderful album. Her voice gets a little tiresome by the end.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

I'm not above enjoying a pop album, and this is one of the defining pop albums of the last few years. So many of these tracks still SLAP. I love Bad Blood so much. I'm not going to give this 5 stars. It's too new. It lacks proper historical context. But it's such a perfect example of what it is, both in time and place.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Overall some of that good catchy pop stuff in here that bothers me less when it isn’t the 1000th time I’ve heard it that week. I still cringe every time she says haters or players or ‘fa sho’

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Solid pop album, only thing letting it down is ‘Welcome To New York’.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Slick. Shiny.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

As a father to a teen-ager, I recognized many songs on this and enjoy them. TS is America's Pop-Queen.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Upbeat pop princess fun. Some good hooks and would listen again. Pop done well.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

I actually hated the "Welcome to New York". Just came off incredibly lazy/meaningless song (and I'm from just outside of NYC) and shouldn't have opened the album with it but Swift really flexes her songwriting ability on this album. Tons of songs and hit after hit. Not my kind of music but I respect it. 8/10.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

7/10. This is a pretty solid album.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Popsynth album with a lot of radio hits on it. Well executed, although some of the songs on this are not as stellar as I would like. The general feel of the album is great however, but it does end up feeling more like a compilation then an album to me

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Great pop record…

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Cannot argue with the success. So many popular songs on that album. And even the ones I did not know are clearly Taylor. Can be a bit boring to listen to too many similar songs but hey who said it need to be all in one sitting?

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

4/5 actually it was a nice album!

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

I was surprised to really enjoy this. It's pure pop and very well done. All the songs blend into one happy sound and it's not something I would ever normally listen to (and probably never will again) but apart from clubs (obviously) it would make great factory/shop background music. No good for just sitting and listening to, it's music for doing things to.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Kiedy moim oczom ukazał się ten album, natychmiast pomyślałem: szatańskie bełty, których nie da się słuchać. Tymczasem jednak zaprezentowana jest całkiem spójna, dopracowana całość. Gdyby wczoraj ktoś zwierzył mi się, że słucha Taylor Swift, natychmiast w powietrzu wykonałbym znak krzyża celem odpędzania złych duchów. Dziś również wykonałbym znak krzyża, ale jako błogosławieństwo.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Just dead good pop music innit, and there's nothing wrong with that. The best all out pop album we've had on this list. Could do without her vocals though, she's very bland.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Tswizzle, Tay Tay is something my wife plays a lot and I dont mind. Very catchy pop songs I'll enjoy if played but wont seek out. Nothing inspiring or ground breaking. Just toe tappy. 3.8/5.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

I actually liked this a lot more than I was expecting...

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Very thoughtful of the generator to remind me of my age on my birthday. It's wall-to-wall pop bangers, innit? Over time I have come to first accept, and then welcome, the reign of our new all-powerful country/pop/indie-folk overlord. Some of her other albums lack consistency but most of these tracks sound like hit singles.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

There's a reason why so many of these songs were/ are huge hits. Pop production at its finest

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This is, uh, kinda a masterpiece, right? I mean, the singles are exemplary, but the whole thing is warm, sweet, delicious pop goodness. Taylor Swift is at her best here, Max Martin and Jack Antonoff snapped, and I really wish I would have appreciated this more when it came out. Stand-outs: I Wish You Would, Blank Space, Style, Out of the Woods, Bad Blood, New Romantics

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Here's a familiar face. The so-called Album of the Year in 2015, over To Pimp A Butterfly in case you forgot. Fun as it is to poke fun at Taylor Swift, I do think this is a great pop album, even if it wears influence on its sleeves. Remember, she used to be a country singer-songwriter. The irony of this album opening with Taylor Swift of all people welcoming us to New York over an '80s beat will never be lost on me. Still a number of tracks on here that I enjoy, but honestly I remembered it being a bit better than it is today. I guess I'm just annoyed with a lot of the songs I don't like, which were (and are) overplayed to death. Taylor has a line on one of her newer songs, "I always felt I must look better in the rear view." For this album, and for a lot of pop music, that might be the case. Nevertheless, it's a solid project, and I will continue to carry the hits (as I see them) with me. Favorite tracks: All You Had to Do Was Stay, Wildest Dreams, I Know Places, New Romantics, Bad Blood. Album art: I mean I guess it's iconic as far as Swift covers go, not really her strong suit if we're being honest. Coming from the country background, it's all cheesy senior picture-type portraits. But this one tries to club you over the head with nostalgia, if that's not obvious from the title. 4/5

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

I listened to this album the first time under duress, assuming I would hate it, but the only really bad track on here is Bad Blood. Is this my favorite music ever? No. But I think the best part about it is that it absolutely nails what it's going for and for that reason I like listening to it. It makes me feel like a heartbroken teenage girl all over again. And I only mean that half-jokingly.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Every song is an absolute banger

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

This was actually very quite good. And leads me to believe that being a few years younger than Taylor, and a few years behind the curve means I should be getting into all this shit right now

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

Honestly a really stellar album

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

This album features a lot of firsts for me on this list: this is the first album I remember coming out and being a huge deal, the first album with multiple hit songs that I already knew before listening (I had already heard 7 (!) out of the 13 tracks), and the first artist that I have actually seen live (Arrowhead Stadium 2018). This was a very successful turn from country to pop for Taylor Swift, and she has continued to evolve ever since then. This may or may not be an exaggeration, but I think 1989 could be considered my generation's Thriller in that every single song could have easily made it on the charts at the time. They are also similar in that they came from an artist already at the top of their genre but pushed them even further into the mainstream; there's a reason why she went from playing arenas to playing stadiums after this album. Overall, this is a very fun record with no real duds. I would lean towards Blank Space and Shake It Off being the stand-out tracks here, but I was pleasantly surprised by This Love and Clean as they were nice calm songs to end out the album. After hearing this fully, this is peak pop Taylor, and I can understand the folk direction she has taken since then as it will be hard to reach these heights again in this genre. 4/5. NOTE: The inclusion of Kendrick Lamar in Bad Blood was a major positive for the single version of this track. The album version felt a little empty, but I'm guessing it's because I am so used to hearing the even more bombastic version instead.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

Pretty good music, I don't really like Taylor Swift as a concept / person but that can be separated from this album

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

8/10

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

'1989' is a well-engineered pop album, despite its glaring musical predictability. The artistic direction works in favor of it though, a varied mix of tempo and spaciousness - 'Blank Space' in particular has all the right components to be a successful pop record (which it did), demonstrating best Swift's songwriting ability in both repeatable cadences and melodic tunes. A delightful record overall, while thematically commonplace, doesn't tire you immediately.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Good pop album. Great songs but slightly let down by the overly slick production elements. A generous 4 for the fun factor!

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Listened Before? Y Oh Taylor! You were "better" as a country artist, but I have to admit, this album is pretty dang good. Pros: Lets see, there's about 6 absolute certified bangers on this album, and there's only 13 songs! Well done vocals and decent wordplay. It's a solid pop album. Cons: "Out of the Woods" almost makes me stop listening the album on its own. Repetition of subject matter, and feels a little bit dated. I added this one to the library, then removed Out of the Woods. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist: Wildest Dreams, Style

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

4/5

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Really catchy pop music. Surprisingly fun to listen to, half the songs are definitely single worthy.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

This pop version of Taylor Swift is better than one could realistically imagine given her usual fare up until this album. Taylor Swift pays significant homage to the electronic elements of the late 80s, dabbling in the ambient rock sentiments that would give the 80s sound that much needed layer to be taken seriously. The thing about this album that stands out is Taylor Swift's energy, and her range in matching that. Prior to this, Taylor Swift's popularity was as a country artist. Her talent and relative youth helped to grow the country fanbase as well as being a wholesome darling of that genre. The real miracle of "1989" is that her crossover from country to pop was flawless, even if considered risky. The darling persona of country vs. the mischievous pop star persona is apparently not easy. Where some of her contemporaries flat out divorced their "innocent" portrayals/alter-egos by doing controversial things, Taylor Swift managed instead to grow up right in front of us while keeping her dignity in the process. To conclude this, "1989" does not suffer from an identity crisis as listeners are very much aware that this is Taylor Swift "the girl who sings country". The welcome surprise is that this is Taylor Swift "the girl who sings country" now singing a pop album, and absolutely nailing it in the process. The album is fun, has some snark, and includes some anthemic elements that will likely remain in your head involuntarily.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Pretty much as good as "standard" pop-music gets.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Welcome To New York was a questionable intro track Blank Space, Out of The Woods, I Wish You Would, All You Had To Do Was Stay, How You Get The Girl, I Know Places, Wonderland and Clean are excellent songs with beautiful lyricism Best songs on the album: Style (the backing vocals and the additional production was INSANE), Wildest Dreams (I thoroughly enjoyed the heartbeat, the strings and the production), This Love, You Are In Love, New Romantics like she put such amazing effort into the synth programming. The BRIDGE on Wildest Dreams and OOTW are like no other, such amazing work truly I love the guitars and droning sounds on Style, I Know Places and other tracks. If Shake it Off and Bad Blood weren't on it, it'd be a 10/10 but it can only be an 8.5. Lmao I'm listening to Style as we speak.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Every song is fun and catchy, but the whole album is a bit over produced for me. Clean is a fantastic song though imo. Shame there isn't yet a taylor version so felt bad listening to this.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Oh man this was close to a five stars album. Blank Space and Bad Blood alone are five stars. But the filler tracks are really bad-basic (I Wish You Would—I’m looking at you). Love this pop.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

góð plata fullt af bangers en eitt og eitt lala lag (bad blood er ekki skemmtilegt imo), svo nær þetta ekki á sama level og folklore til dæmis sem er 5 stjörnur all the way, þannig fyrir mer er þessi plata 4 stjörnur

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Take out "Bad Blood" and this would be 5 stars.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Oh yeh. Having seen her at Wembley despite not thinking I knew any of her toons, can rightly said Taylor is a legend. Album.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Genre: Synthpop 4/5 As much as Taylor Swift’s career has become a meme, and as much as Taylor Swift herself has had to be the female figurehead for “crappy pop music”, there is no denying that 1989 is a real triumph. From the Wall-of-Sound style production from Max Martin on the album’s biggest tracks, to some big vocal performances from Taylor, to the surprising sonic variety throughout the tracklist, this album is really well done. Blank Space-Style-Out of the Woods is a tremendous 3-song run to start the album off, and the album is still a hit machine after that, with songs like Bad Blood and Shake It Off being absolute mega hits for Taylor. This is one that I’m sure a large portion of the listeners on this website will have some sort of problem with, unfortunately rooted in misogyny and reactionary behavior, but for what it is, 1989 is one of the best pop albums to come out in the 2010s. Songs from this album, whether some people would like it or not, will stick around for quite some time. Personally, I recommend the deluxe edition, as the 3 tracks added on after Clean are real gems.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

I'm being held hostage as I write this review, so criticisms are limited in scope. Without choice, I've actually listened to all of Swift's albums dozens of times each, and honestly, this one is not only her best, but is a landmark album that deserves to be on this list. I love 80s synthpop, so it's only natural for me to appreciate what this album has to offer. The hooks are in every track... each track could be its own single. The production is top of the notch; Swift's style compliments the synthy overlays and echoey effects that make each track sound very clean. With modern pop music over the past couple decades that have placed a particular emphasis on the singer's voice, you can hear in "Style" how well the music stands on its own but brings out the best in her vocals, avoiding the pitfalls of generic pop music. It's a coherent experience from start to finish. The mood is optimistic and often goofy, used perfectly for a fun dance experience. I do agree that there isn't much room for breathers on the album. Sure, in the first half, "Out of the Woods" has more wistful vibe, and "All You Had To Do Was Stay" has calmer verses reminiscent of Red, but the choruses are still loud and overwhelming. "I Wish You Would" probably comes closest, which is necessary between the cinematic dance craze "Shake It Off" and the heavy beat hip-hop "Bad Blood" (followed by the grand romance "Wildest Dreams"). Last three tracks are what we needed, a really quiet and prolonged finish. A less artsy Kate Bush. Even "I Know Places" doesn't get too wild to make the audience uncomfortable. "Clean" is a satisfying ending that reminds me of the closer "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" of the synthpop classic Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Ah so that’s why this album is so insanely popular

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

I liked this album more each time I heard it. These melodies are just so goddamn catchy and the production was really fantastic. I know its one of the more recent albums but everything soudned so crisp and clean which was nice on my ears. The songwriting was very good too. It felt sincere and was very accessible. "Blank Space" and "Shake it Off" were clever self-referential tracks where Taylor Swift acknowledges and mocks what others say about her. "Style" had some funky guitar parts and built its groove in a way that I really liked. I do think the album starts to wilt towards the end and a different tracklist might have fixed this.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Really good pop music. Interesting to hear this in its original form as I only know the Ryan Adams cover of this entire album. Now I have to listen to that so I can hear what he was hearing. Her more recent albums are much more mature sounding, but this is fun stuff.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

In hindsight I can see why this was necessary step in Taylor Swift’s journey. At the time it was released I thought that this “pop” disc was different from many of the pop releases at the time because of the presence of more observational lyrics. However, the focus on synthesizers didn’t always work for me. Also, the hodge-podge of producers (which has become, and still are, a trend) coupled with multiple songwriting partners results in a lack of cohesiveness.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Drullugóð plata.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Wow! Didn't expect to see this. Wife and all 3 daughters like her and this album is full of hits all of which she's written herself and has 19 tracks running over an hour too so what more can you say? On the flip side it could be argued some songs are insipid and poppy but then the same thing could be levelled at the many of the 1000 albums. I think it comes down to a question of taste and percieved integrity in what people listen to. I'd rather listen to Joy Division and that's just my taste but I really like a lot of these songs and think she's immensely talented.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

Love this album, probably my favorite of Taylor’s

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Mon May 09 2022
4

To my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed this and thought what a talent she is. 4*

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Al ponerme al corriente escuché primero el albúm de Lana del Rey y luego éste de Taylo Swift y quizá el contraste termine favoreciendo esta reseña. Synth pop, pop, electro-pop y 25 variantes más, no se siente pesado y las canciones fluyen sin mayor problema. Las letras hablan en su mayoría de relaciones, como lo hace el pop en general, pero no se siente demasiado meloso ni soso. Variado en ritmos e intensidad, se puede escuchar de cabo a rabo y disfrutarse sin problema. Sólido 4. Songs: Blank Space, Out of the Woods, I know places

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Fri May 20 2022
4

I quite liked this. Surprised myself! I think what adds to be liking it more is the fact that I know the Ryan Adam cover album version pretty well.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Not good enough for a 5 but not far off. Easy pop, catchy, there’s a reason she has stayed the test of time.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

taytay gogo popop

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Thu May 26 2022
4

All three singles are genuinely brilliant. What is most surprising is how much more of the album could have been! One track sounds like New Order. It's a really good pop album.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

This is one really excellent pop music album. Who knew? 4 🌟

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Classic pop. Just when you think a song is a differ, back it comes with a massive chorus.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Pretty catchy synth-pop, and a fun direction for T swizzle, if a pretty damn safe one. But my god, I wasn't expecting this to be the nostalgia bomb it was for me this morning. I haven't listened to any of this record aside from Blank Space since 2014. Suddenly I'm back in my freshman dorm, with all the excitement and stress of the first semester of college. Absolutely wild. The pure flashback it gave me tips this up from a very high 3 to a 4.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Surprised me how good this was, plenty of great tunes to warrant a 4*

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Full of catchy, well written and well produced pop songs, 1989 need be nothing more or nothing less than just that, a great pop album. There's stuff lurking in the lyrics but I'm not enough of a Tay fan to get most of the references. I really like it though.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

This was very unexpected for me, but I liked it very much. It's still a commercial pop sound, but it has some roots that differentiate the songs from what I was expecting to listen to it.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Nearly perfect

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Incel

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

Solid!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Really good. Catchy and fun, mellow in spots, but I dunno, I dug it.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

An example of pop talent that's good whether you're a fan or not.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

My kids played this to death, with no objections from me. As good as, or better than, the pop albums from my youth e.g. Madonna, Nik Kershaw. WIldest Dreams in particular is a banger

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Pretty solid TayTay

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

não é muito meu estilo mas bem agradável

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Synthetic manufactured pop. I hatred myself for singing along and doing my little dancer in the kitchen.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

I'm a sucker for a bit of Tay Tay. Some kick arse pop right here.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

As you become older the world becomes more beautiful. I really enjoyed this album today.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I am embarrassed to say that I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It had some pretty good melodies and wasn't terrible to listen to.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

This is a funny album for me. Back when it came out I remember the sentiment was this was the end for Taylor. She went pop and people weren't happy. But I've always liked the singles and radio tracks. This album hit at a spot in my life where it was ever present and I liked that. I was on a road trip blasting shake it off barreling down the highway and singing along. At the time idk of I listened to much more than metal. Out of the woods is the only real dud in the track list. That one gets an instant skip from now on but everything else is wonderful. I like singer songwriter Taylor more but pop Taylor has a place in my heart

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Liked this album far more than I anticipated. Was pretty familiar with the songs from listening to Ryan Adams' cover version for a long time, but the originals were all bangers. 4/5

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

3.8/5 oder so, "mach halt..."

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Surprisingly got better as the albulm progressed.

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