Taylor Swift Might Just Be Pop Music’s Saviour

Today’s pop music is a lot of beat and very few good lyrics and feelings behind the word.  Taylor Swift brings the country theory of “Three chords and the truth” to her venture into pop music. There is something about Taylor’s music that is missing from the pop world, which is universality. Everyone no matter who you are can relate in some way to her music.

People were worried about her foray into pop music, but this album proves they had no need. In Rolling Stone‘s review, they write,  “Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she’s ever tried before. And yes, she takes it to extremes. Are you surprised? This is Taylor Swift, remember? Extremes are where she starts out.”

Taylor took the past two years to write this album and you can tell she is at a very different place in her life than she was in 2012.  She has been involved with fewer people, moved to NYC, and has stopped caring (as much) what other people think about her.  All of these are evident on 1989.

Taylor has never stopped being Taylor and her fans are among the most loyal in the world.  When the album leaked earlier in the weekend, Swifties world wide refused to listen and took to social media to speak their minds about the leak.  Listen and enjoy.

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Lady Antebellum- 747 is Here — Review

Lady Antebellum's '747'

When I heard that Lady Antebellum was releasing another album so soon after last years Golden, I was a little skeptical.  Boy was I wrong!

They made a conscience effort to change up their sound by switching from their long-time producer Paul Worley to Nathan Chapman.  “We wanted to sound a lot bigger and a little more in your face than records in the past,” Kelley tells Billboard.  “We went out of our way to make sure that we found songs that had a lot more drive and energy to them. We really wanted to find songs that would translate to the live show like ‘Freestyle’ and ‘Bartender,’ so that’s how we approached this record.”

Hillary Scott said that it was time to shake things up. “We took a half a year off, and so much of the landscape of country music had shifted in a really exciting kind of way. We would go out on tour and see that our uptempo songs were the ones that were really connecting with the audience. That whole environment really carried over into the live show. It also carried over into our writing. It just led us to a place where we weren’t afraid to take some chances. We’ve always said we could reel ourselves back in, so we might as well go for it.”

While the album has the typical Lady A Ballad-leaning songs, “Down South” and “Lie With Me” have more of an  edge. “Freestyle”is a song that exemplifies their new sound and energy.  It is a song that sounds more like Florida Georgia Line than typical Lady Antebellum of the past.

That energy re-emerges in “Just A Girl” — “Now I know that I’m just another one of your Friday nights but this is going to be the last time” —  with it’s three-chord driving melody and take-back-my-dignity message; and the reflective rocker “Sounded Good At the Time.”

Listen to the album below (and then buy it )