In case you have been living under a rock and are not up to date on musical superstars. Taylor Swift was brought up in Pennsylvania and then moved to Nashville, Tennesee at the age of fourteen to pursue a music career. Ambitious! She was signed to a small label then moved on to Sony. In 2006 she released her debut album and then in 2008 won the Grammy for Best New Artist. After came the albums Fearless, Speak Now, Red and 1989. Slews of Grammys and other awards followed. The still young lady has gone on to become one of the biggest selling musical acts of all time.
I’m of two minds about Miss Swift. One side says: Enough already, Taylor! I’m done with the teenage songs of heartbreak that read like your diary. At first it was cute and such honesty was a breath of fresh air (remember Alanis Morissette and her huge album Jagged Little Pill) now it is just repetitive and boring. That being said the other side of my brain says: Bravo to an artist who refuses to be pigeonholed. Showing maturity and no fear, Swift even experiments with meshing electro or dubstep with country music. On Red she went even further away from country music into the pop and rock arenas. The choruses are very catchy and melodies soaring. So….what is my bottom line? Taylor Swift is an artist who will produce a number of top hits (“I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” have already been), sell millions of copies, be on the radio constantly, and earn raves for the artist. While I can see the talent the content (all her breakups have been turned into hit songs) really grates on my nerves.
Eighties synth-pop was on Taylor Swift’s mind while she was recording her latest album, 1989. She has decided to put down her acoustic guitar for the most part and bring out the neon outfits, tease her bangs to incredible heights and dance about to fluffy pop music. On the serious side this is a departure from what has come before from Miss Swift. 1989 is an album that she hopes you will put on while getting ready to go out on a Saturday night. She is aided in her endeavour by the very capable producer Max Martin, who has worked on half of the songs on the album. While she was writing it was the usual…boys. Her previous (and in my mind, annoying) habits of through her writing of revealing too much and dreaming huge are still there. All her emotions are big and Taylor seems to have endless streams of energy to keep up the pace. Taylor has her heart broken, writes a song and then gets over it while enjoying her millions made. Give in to it as no matter what your opinion is of this young American songstress you’ll find yourself humming along to “Shake It Off” every time you hear it.
-Date: July 7, 2015
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $56.00, $130.00, $174.00 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 7:30 p.m.
-Opening Act: Vance Joy