We Need to "Shake Off" the New, Pop Taylor Swift and 1989
by Emily Ram, Junior Writer
Taylor Swift, 24, was a well-known country music artist who was known for playing her guitar appealing to heavy Country fans. Her new album 1989 shows her evolution into the next pop princess, which is a direction that you can’t shake off.
This huge shift from country to pop is a waste of her talents. From being a huge fan of Swift, I remember the lyrical genius of her descriptive lyrics throughout every line rather than just slapping any random repetitive lyric like every other ordinary pop artist does. She was different. Her first few albums spoke of grittiness of love in a down-to-Earth fashion. Swift used to stand out for her original country image which appealed to younger fans.
Rather now, she seems to be shifting into the same direction as other pop artists. Why be the next pop hit on the radio when you could be the only top country hit on the radio? She seems to have sold her musical soul to become an even bigger brand from what she already was -- a worldwide sensation. She didn’t have to make this move because she was already a megastar.
“Shake It Off”, the new pop single Swift brings out has a catchy beat with a repetitive chorus. Swift claims this song is to show haters that they have no effect on her, and does her own style of dancing in the new music video. But is the song ironic since she is clearly so affected by those TMZ-esque critiques over her dating, reputation as a serial dater, or a bad dancer at musical shows. As “inspiring” as her attempts to “shake off” those criticisms sound, we are left with an unoriginal chorus that repeats the same thing over and over again
How can these “Shake It Off” lyrics “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake I shake it off, I shake it off” compare anything to her song “All Too Well,” “Photo album on the counter, your cheeks were turning red. You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin sized bed, and your mother's telling stories about you on a tee ball team, You taught me 'bout your past, thinking your future was me”?
See, in "Shake It Off," she doesn’t state in the song exactly what she wanted the listeners to hear. She didn’t get her message across clearly. In fact, it just sounds like one of those choruses that gets stuck in someone’s head and then fades off after 3 weeks. The repetitive words aren’t making this single any better, all she does is repeat the last word. "Shake It Off" is supposed to be the starting of her shift from country to pop, but this shift isn’t looking too good.
As for the song All Too Well she describes a story with great visual. Instead of just filling in lines with empty words, she fills it with meaningful lyrics. Country seems to suit her rather than the direction she’s heading too. “All Too Well” is one of many examples of Taylor actually putting a vivid description with a country voice.
Let’s backtrack to the days when “Love Story” was playing on the radio repeatedly. Back to the good old days when Teardrops On My Guitar was playing on MP3 players late at night because girls needed to relate to the dreams of their hopeless crush. Or when “Fifteen” was the description of a 15 year-old’s love life or was she hoped it to be. These songs actually had meaning to it and heart. Country fans might be disappointed listening to the new voice Taylor is putting out there.
Lyrical genius Taylor Swift is about to bring herself onto the wrong path. It is understandable that she wants to make a profit and going into pop culture seems to bring her into a new world of popularity, but how can popularity measure up to the inspiring self-written songs that used to capture the attention of little girls who used to believe she was reading their diary?
Her fans wish they could shake off the new pop Taylor Swift.
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