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Swifties have reason to celebrate ‘1989’

In her journey to reclaim the master rights to her first six albums, Taylor Swift’s album “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” was released on Friday, Oct. 27. Out of the four re-recordings to date, this album is close to the top.

In 2014, Taylor Swift released her first pop album “1989.” The original release marked  Swift’s shift from a country to pop sound. The original album did extremely well with  three number one singles— “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood.” . 

The album spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, the first “1989” won ”Album of the Year” and several other accolades.

On the ninth anniversary of “1989”’s release, Swift launched “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” which includes the same original 16 tracks, along with five “from the vault” tracks. 

As a diehard fan, I stayed up until midnight to listen to the album. To me, the standout track is from the vault is “Is It Over Now?” which is rumored to be about Swift’s relationship with Harry Styles. The lyrics, music, and beat blend together to fit the album perfectly. The chorus is catchy and interesting, and the bridge is just as good— if not better— than other Swift songs. It is a shame “Is It Over Now?” wasn’t included on the original record.

With a nine year gap between the albums, there are, of course, some differences. Swift’s vocals have evolved, and so has her song style. This obviously causes some differences in the sound. 

This is most prominent in the song “Style.” This song was my absolute favorite from the original album, so I was excited to hear it again for the first time. However, the re-recorded version was not the same. I know she has a different sound now, but the song was not what I expected. 

The chorus just feels… off.

If you are a Taylor Swift fan, I’d recommend listening to this version. The re-recorded songs are great and the vault tracks are even better. 

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