1989 (Taylor’s Version) fills ‘Blank Space’ in Swifties’ hearts

Swift takes fans back to 2014 with her re-recording of 1989.
Swift takes fans back to 2014 with her re-recording of 1989.

On Oct. 27, Taylor Swift re-released her fifth studio album, 1989 (Taylor’s Version). This is the fourth album that Swift has re-released since she began to reclaim her music from her former manager, Scooter Braun of Big Machine Records. The album includes the 16 tracks that were originally on the pop-rock album, 1989 (Deluxe Edition), and five new “From The Vault” tracks.

The re-recorded songs sound relatively similar to the original album, though they usually do. The most notable differences are Swift’s vocal growth since 2014 and some subtle instrumental changes. The vault tracks– songs that were scrapped when deciding the original track-list– are what excite fans the most, because there is nothing like new Swift music.

“To be perfectly honest, this is my most FAVORITE re-record I’ve ever done because the 5 From The Vault tracks are so insane. I can’t believe they were ever left behind. But not for long!” Swift said in her Aug. 10 Instagram announcement of the album.

The 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) tracks definitely fit the vibe of the album. The 20th track on the album, the fourth vault track, is titled “Suburban Legends.” The song portrays the greatness and complexity of a relationship that ended while the couple was still in love.

“I had the fantasy that maybe our mismatched star signs/Would surprise the whole school/When I ended up back at our class reunion/Walkin’ in with you…I know that you still remember/We were born to be national treasures”

The lyrics display a sense that though the relationship broke the narrator’s heart, it will always have a profound impact on her life, because some people are simply destined to be in each other’s lives at one point or another.

The final track on the album is called “Is It Over Now?” It touches on feelings of loneliness and reflection on a past relationship in a very relatable way. Swift brings to surface the unfair nature of the relationship and the lack of consideration on the part of the ex-partner.

 “Think I didn’t see you?/There were flashin’ lights/At least I had the decency/To keep my nights out of sight”

Swift shares feelings of betrayal with her heart-wrenching lyrics and rapidly paced instrumentals in yet another catchy and iconic bridge.

However, Swift did not quite deliver what we all expected in the song “Now That We Don’t Talk.” The song is catchy, but the bridge does not have much variety and mostly consists of one note. The lyrics work, but it does not quite live up to the rest of her songs.

Swift also surprised fans with 1989 (Taylor’s Version) [Deluxe] that includes a re-recording of Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar). Fans were pleasantly surprised with the collaboration that includes Lamar’s iconic rap verse from the popular song and the Bad Blood music video.

“I don’t hate you, but I hate to critique, overrate you/These beats of a dark heart, use basslines to replace you/Take time and erase you, love don’t hear no more/No, I don’t fear no more/Better yet, respect ain’t quite sincere no more, ah!”

Overall, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) was everything I was hoping for. The re-records of some of Swift’s best songs lived up to their expectations, and the vault tracks brought exactly what was needed to make the album– somehow– even better than before. Swift never fails to provide fans with music that goes straight to their hearts every single time.

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