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  • Summary: With producers and co-writers such as Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Ryan Tedder, and Noel Zancanella, the multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter goes for an entirely pop album on her fifth full-length studio release.
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Blank Space
Nice to meet you, where you been? I could show you incredible things Magic, madness, heaven, sin Saw you there and I thought "Oh, my God, look at... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 91
    1989 isn’t a “crossover” success. It’s the album every subsequent blockbuster must now reckon with.
  2. 85
    There's evolution with purpose in every fibre of 1989, and far from jettisoning her integrity in this drastic lunge, she's proved in her bold, risky decision that she's got courage in her convictions to pull it off and faith in her fans to accept the new direction.
  3. Dec 1, 2014
    80
    With 1989 she has succeeded in leveraging the most cordial and familiar of pop music outpourings to something that feels like a statement, a work of note and the sinew of some kind of emotional connective tissue–binding tastemakers, rock critics, guys I work with and my 12 year old cousin; irrevocably and unexpectedly.
  4. 75
    Swift’s songwriting is as consistently razor-sharp as it’s ever been.
  5. Oct 30, 2014
    70
    Taylor Swift may not be challenging societal norms in the same way as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and my own band CHRIST ALIVE are, but she’s relatable and that counts for a lot. I spent a surprising amount of 1989 rooting for its protagonist and sharing in her triumph.
  6. Oct 27, 2014
    70
    1989's standout tracks retain the narrative detail and clever metaphor-building that distinguished Swift's early country songs, even amid the diversions wrought by the aggressive studio production on display throughout.
  7. Oct 27, 2014
    50
    1989 is a deeply catchy, sleekly-produced pop record with the slightly juiceless quality of an authorized biography, a would-be tell-all bleached of the detailed insight she’s trained us to expect from her.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 367
  1. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    I absolutely loved this album. I was already expecting to be good, but not on this level. This is a pop masterpiece. She not only brings a popI absolutely loved this album. I was already expecting to be good, but not on this level. This is a pop masterpiece. She not only brings a pop original, that has nothing to do with this mainstream pop out there, she brings ferocity in her work. The lyrics for this album are good, and it gets even better when you realize that this is a pop record and it's not full of **** lyrics. And it's perfectly produced as well. Her best work ever. Album of the year.

    Best ones: Style, Bad Blood, I Know Places, This Love, You Are In Love and New Romantics.
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  2. Jan 11, 2020
    10
    This album is exceptional. Nobody will come close to the quality of it- ever.
  3. Aug 11, 2017
    10
    Apesar de não ser meu favorito, claramente Taylor Swift sabe o que faz. Alcançar o topo dos charts e ter milhões de discos vendidos atualmenteApesar de não ser meu favorito, claramente Taylor Swift sabe o que faz. Alcançar o topo dos charts e ter milhões de discos vendidos atualmente não é uma conquista fácil para artistas POP femininas. Evoluindo dos últimos dois discos, Taylor alcança nível de produção impecável, composições espetaculares como ''Blank Space'' e ''New Romantics'', e demonstra sensibilidade fora de série em faixas como ''Style'' e ''This Love''. Um álbum que rende uma turnê milionária, três singles em primeiro lugar na Billboard e vídeos com bilhões de visualizações não pode ser nada menos do que um álbum nota dez, ainda mais vindo de uma das melhores artistas contemporâneas, e se não a melhor do mundo da música POP. Expand
  4. Jun 19, 2016
    10
    Such a good pop album, is full of hits and don't use this basic and boring pop sounds. The vocals are almost all on point and every song hasSuch a good pop album, is full of hits and don't use this basic and boring pop sounds. The vocals are almost all on point and every song has perfect words that only Swift can give us in this way. It isn't boring or basic like PRISM by Katy Perry. The best album to show what pop is. Expand
  5. Nov 17, 2017
    9
    Note that most of the negative reviews for this album not only gave it zero stars, but are also bizarrely vitriolic. Clearly, the haters cameNote that most of the negative reviews for this album not only gave it zero stars, but are also bizarrely vitriolic. Clearly, the haters came out in force to try to bring down the user score for this album. At the very least, this is a solid pop album; the only possible justification for giving it less than 4 stars (which literally every person who wrote a negative review did) is a personal dislike for Taylor Swift. Say what you want about Taylor, but the girl knows how to write a catchy song. Aside from a couple of duds, the songs range from good to great, and there are some brilliant moments throughout the album. Taylor Swift's trademark wit and insight, combined with catchy melodies + slick production, make this a very enjoyable album to listen to. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2014
    7
    I thoroughly enjoyed 1989 from start to finish. Taylor’s musical transition from country to pop proves successful as seen vocally & lyricallyI thoroughly enjoyed 1989 from start to finish. Taylor’s musical transition from country to pop proves successful as seen vocally & lyrically in the album.
    1989 track list is also very well structured. The album starts off with ‘Welcome to New York’, a repetitive, yet fun synth-pop anthem which sets the tone & atmosphere of 1989. Other tracks such as ‘Shake It Off’, ‘Blank Space’ & ‘Bad Blood’ shows Taylor’s newly-built confidence to address the rumors about her highly published feuds & love-life with other famous people, which as been portrayed negatively by the media. Taylor has also shown no signs of separation from her infamous love songs & ballads about her past relationships. Differentiating from her past albums & songs though, she has unusually shown both a reflective & mature manner as shown in songs ‘Out Of The Woods’ and ‘I Wish You Would’. The album’s tracks altogether have a lot of potential to thrive commercially.
    Surprisingly, Taylor has no featuring collaborations on any of the tracks, compared to her previous release Red. Many artists (such as Katy Perry & Lady Gaga) in the pop-culture industry tend to thrive off collaborations to build popularity & enhance musical content, but Taylor has shown & proven that you can express & showcase music independently with effect.
    However, Taylor could have possibly linked and combined both of her abilities in the country & pop genre effectively in 1989, as seen in her last album Red, instead of abolishing her well-built & perfected abilities in folk music. Another criticism would be the monotonous nature during some of the tracks, such as ‘Welcome to New York’ & her smash hit ‘Shake It Off’, which can come across as very aggravating & disconnecting.
    None of the less, Taylor has dazzled the music industry once again with 1989 and has fully radiated her passion & admiration for her newly-founded genre.
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  7. Jun 9, 2017
    0
    This is just a generic pop album with an OK beat and immature lyrics. It is not an upgrade from her old work as I do not see any difference.This is just a generic pop album with an OK beat and immature lyrics. It is not an upgrade from her old work as I do not see any difference. The whole record sounds heavily country influenced but does not stand out in either the pop or country genre. Expand

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