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1989 never goes out of “Style”

Back in August, Taylor Swift started heavily teasing the rerelease of her album 1989 

For once, us Swifties were right with our delusions, because on the last night of the United States leg of the ‘Eras Tour,’ Swift announced the re-release of this greatly anticipated album.  

I remember watching the whole concert that night on a blurry TikTok live stream. People all over the internet had suspicions that something was going to happen at that show in Los Angeles.  

The second she walked out on-stage wearing blue, I immediately started freaking out.  

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After months of waiting 1989 (Taylor’s Version) was finally released on Oct. 27.  

Style” has always been one of my favorites from the album. The beginning guitar riff gives me chills every single time I listen to it. “Style” is one of those songs that makes me want to jump around and scream the lyrics.  

The high note during the line “just take me home” is even better than it was on the original album.   

Out of the Woods” is one of my favorites as well. I’m a little disappointed with the re-release of it. I don’t know if it’s just my hearing, but the “Oh’s” during the chorus stand out so much to me and it distracts me from the rest of the song. I also feel like the bridge lacks some of the emotion that the original had.  

Bad Blood” sounded so much angrier to me. The beat of the song sounded heavier. It reminded me a lot of the way she sang it at the Eras Tour. The remix featuring Kendrick Lamar was literal perfection. I have been listening to it on repeat since it came out.  

The second “Wonderland” came on my jaw dropped. The beat drops were so much more powerful than in the original. She also sounded like she was singing with so much more emotion.   

There have been many rumors and speculations about who this song is about. Whoever it was, Swift was taking out her remaining emotions on them while recording it.  

I won’t lie, I have never listened to “You Are in Love” before this rerelease. After it played for the first time, I fell in love with it (no pun intended). This song is so cute, and I wish I could relate to it. It’s the kind of song that would feed my delusions.  

“You keep his shirt; he keeps his word.” This song makes me scream. 

The second “Clean” came on I burst into tears. Personally, I think this is one of Taylor Swift’s most heartbreaking, vulnerable songs. It’s my favorite on this album and one of my favorites overall. I also might have a slight bias because I saw her sing it live.  

“Just because you’re clean, don’t mean you don’t miss it.”  This line is so relatable to so many people in so many different ways.  

Sl*t!” was the first vault track I listened to. I was so excited to hear this one. I thought it was either going to be super sad or fun and upbeat. This song makes me want to cry but at the same time it makes me want to go “aww.”

 “It might be worth it for us.” She is saying that she is fine with being called terrible names if she can be with this person because that’s how much she loves them.  The whole song is bittersweet. 

My favorite vault track is definitely “Is it Over Now?” This song made fans rethink everything they thought they knew about Taylor Swift and Harry Styles’ past relationship.

The second verse is so fun to scream really loud. This song has such a good beat, and the lyrics flow together so well. 

“I think about jumping, off a very tall something, just to see you come running.” This line was very random and made me do a double take when I heard it the first time. It makes me laugh now. It’s so dramatic, just like me.  

The chorus of “Stay Don’t Go” had me dancing in my car at 7:30 in the morning. Her vocals in this song were amazing.  

Honestly, I have no words for this album. Before it was lower in my ranking, but now it’s definitely in the top three.  

1989 (Taylor’s Version) is the queen of pop albums. No artist can ever make an album that is as amazing as this one. Every song on it makes me want to scream the lyrics at the top of my lungs. I don’t think I have ever listened to an album that has made me react this way.  

The strangest thing is that I have heard most of these songs before. Listening to this rerelease made me feel like I was listening to the songs for the first time again.  

This was definitely my favorite rerecording so far. Now, I can’t wait for Reputation (Taylor’s Version). 

I rate 1989 (Taylor’s Version) 13/13 “blank spaces.” 

Listen to the album here: 

Apple Music 


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Becca Jolly
Becca Jolly, Editor-in-chief
Hi, I'm Becca! This is my second year on the staff, but my first year as an editor. I love writing music reviews. This year I am hoping to focus on more school related/serious topics. I can't wait to see what this year brings!
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