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Review: ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ leaves Swifties with no ‘Bad Blood’

Taylor Swift re-releases fan favored album
Courtesy of Republic Records.

Taylor Swift released “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” on Friday, Oct. 27, which now marks her fourth ‘Taylor’s Version’ album. She announced the release of the highly-favored album via the last concert of her Eras Tour in the United States on Aug. 9. The newly-acclaimed billionaire re-released her original 17 songs along with five brand-new vault tracks.

Welcome To New York (Taylor’s Version)” is the fitting first song on “1989 (Taylor’s Version).” The well-known intro music to the song left Swifties anxious to hear how Miss Swift changed the style of the album from the original version. “Welcome To New York (Taylor’s Version) is an up-beat song with a vibe that instantly hypes you up; it’s a fantastic song to listen to start your day. It’s a song about T-Swizzle moving to New York to follow her dreams as a songwriter, letting Swifties know to always follow their dreams.

The most-anticipated track on the album had to be “Style (Taylor’s Version).” Due to the song supposedly being about her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, Swifties hoped for a Harry Styles feature on the re-release of the popular song due to the two still being on good terms. Though Swifties were disappointed about the lack of Harry, that didn’t stop them from singing along to this iconic tune. “Style (Taylor’s Version)” had both Swifties and Harries rushing to stream right when it came out.

Now That We Don’t Talk (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” has surpassed “Glitch” as her shortest song at two minutes 26 seconds. Not surprisingly, it is believed to be about her famous relationship with Harry Styles, again. Though the track is short, she had a lot to say about getting over Harry. She even brought her mom, Andrea Swift, into the mix with the lines “I called my mom, she said that it was for the best” and “I called my mom, she said to get it off my chest.” She shows off her impressive lower register at the beginning of this track and progresses to her iconic higher register, showing tons of emotion.

The vault tracks conclude with “Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault).” It is the third song on “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” possibly dedicated to Harry Styles, but this track doesn’t keep Harry’s enchanting reputation to Swifties. As the lyrics “Your new girl is my clone” and “If she’s got blue eyes, I will surmise you’ll probably date her,” hints to 19-year-old Harry Styles moving on from T-Swift to 33-year-old model Kimberly Stewart in 2014.

“Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Taylor’s Version)” is the only song on “1989 (Taylor’s Version) [Deluxe],” but it definitely deserved it. As Kendrick Lamar hasn’t released an album in over a year, fans of his were pleasantly surprised to see he came back to make this track with Taylor Swift. Kendrick only had a few lines late in the original song, but Taylor’s Version popped-off and started off the song with a long Kendrick verse, along with his original lyrics. 

Taylor Swift served up a platter of feastable songs which Swifties devoured. “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” easily was worth the over two month long wait. It gave Swifties new insights to her previous relationships and how she wrote songs back in 2014. The album without a doubt deserves a clean 8 out of 10.

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