Tuesday has come and gone and with it, Taylor Swift announced in a live webcast of the release of a new album, 1989, on October 29th. Alongside that announcement, the first single and video was unleashed unto the world. “Shake It Off” finds Swift shedding off completely any glimmers of country music she may have had left on her previous album, RED, and headed forward in full-force into a sound that’s a complete throwback to late 80′s pop music. It’s a jarring shift for many surely, but every artist deserves the chance and right to evolve and grow whichever way in the music they make. “Shake It Off” will surely be one of those songs that will get stuck in your head for days and months to come. The beats and melodies are infectious and will force you to bounce around the room.
The accompanying video is just as bubblegum addicting with a very fun and self-deprecating angle courtesy of Ms. Swift. She has never been afraid to poke fun at herself and the video is evident in this in showing Swift attempting to emulate different dance styles across different genres and failing miserable. And still managing to have a good time throughout.
Tuesday night saw the airing of the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion show. Part of the show included performances by Fall Out Boy and Taylor Swift. In the show’s opening FOB performed “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” on which they were joined by Swift taking on a few of the song’s verses. The performance felt natural and one would hope that a future collaboration could happen. Maybe?
In what is a not-so-odd pairing, Jimmy Eat World covered Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” last night at their show at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. The emo-centric band turned the pop song into an unabashed and even more emo song in their own style. It’s a pleasant surprise for both JEW and Swift fans.
The video was shot by AltPress’ Scott Heisel. Thanks for capturing this great take on the song, dude!
Oscar Wilde wrote that to be a critic is to offer an interpretation of someone else’s art, which is itself someone else’s interpretation of whatever it was that inspired them. He went on to say that in being a critic one is incapable of being objective, as they will base their critique on their own interpretation of the work and no two people will have the same reaction to a work of art. In the years I have spent writing album reviews, I have to say that I’ve seen all of this to be true.
The simple truth is that there is no reason my opinion is any more valid than someone else’s, unless it’s that someone else lets me put it on the internet where, just maybe, someone else reads it. I’ve been playing and listening to music for a long time, but I’m no expert. I base my reviews on how things sound to me, what they make me feel, and what they remind me of. I will never be so bold as to say an album is good, or that an album is bad; that’s not my call. I do my best when reviewing to portray what I’m hearing and why I find it interesting, or beautiful, or atrocious, as the case may be. Perhaps I’ll write that I love an album because it’s gritty, fast, and aggressive, and you’ll think of how awful that sounds to you and avoid it like the plague. Maybe I’ll tell you how I think harpsichord sounds awesome with some autotuned vocals and dubstep beats on top, and you’ll agree that it sounds neat and check it out. Who knows.
Every year when I’m asked to make my “Best Of” list, I’m made sharply aware of just how much music is in the world, and how little of it I’ve had the chance to hear. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, or dollars in my wallet, to give everything that comes out the solid listen that it deserves. I hear that the new Hostage Calm album is awesome, but I haven’t had a chance to grab a copy. A friend of mine has told me repeatedly that Foxy Shazam is the best thing on the planet, but it’s yet to find its way to my ears. These are just a couple examples of how things fall through the cracks. There could quite literally be hundreds of albums from the past 12 months that I would love, and I sincerely hope that one day I’ll find them. In the meantime, however, I present, in no particular order, ten albums from 2012 that I fell in love with.
If you have listened to Taylor Swift‘s newest album, Red, a few times then you know that the young pop-country princess has experimented with a few new styles and sounds not her usual norm. In the video for the dubstep-inflicted “I Knew You Were Trouble”, Swift takes part in a more story-based approach in which girls falls for the bad boy and gets caught in his whirlwind of mayhem. All the while surely seducing her and then eventually breaking her heart. And at some point, the ill-gotten couple go to a metal show. Yes. The video has a few quick scenes featuring the metal band The Great Commission. Worlds truly colliding? May be so, but it still makes for a fun and varied video.
Taylor Swift is of course in the midst of a promotional worldwide tour for hew newest album, Red. This of course means making appearances in TV talk shows, radio stations, events, and all with the expected musical performances.
At a recent stop in Australia, Swift and band members Paul Sidoti and Grant Mickelson performed an acoustic rendition of “I Knew You Were Trouble” on the Fifi and Jules radio show. While the original track is more bombastic and toeing the edge of dubstep, the acoustic version sheds a new light on it bringing a new dynamic to the song.
It’s no secret that on Taylor Swift‘s newest album, Red, the young singer-songwriter has veered away from her country pop sound and toed the line with other genres such as indie and more pop. And on the track “I Knew You Were Trouble” there are some sick bass drops that hint at some dubstep. You know, the music of preference of the likes of Skrillex.
At Sunday night’s American Music Awards, Swift performed a very theatrical version of the song and it sounds even more dubstep-y than the album cut. Needless to say it’s an interesting new approach and style for Swift. And somehow it doesn’t sound half bad.
Last night, tour dates for Taylor Swift‘s 2013 U.S. tour in support of her new album, Red, were announced. No venues as of yet but cities and dates announced. It is expected that some dates will be at stadiums while others will be in arena-sized venues. Ed Sheeran, who Swift collaborated with, will be opening.
March 13 & 14 Omaha, Nebraska
March 18 & 19 St. Louis, Missouri
March 22 Charlotte, North Carolina
March 23 Columbia, South Carolina
March 27 & 28 & 29 Newark, New Jersey
April 10 Miami, Florida
April 11 & 12 Orlando, Florida
April 18 & 19 Atlanta, Georgia
April 20 Tampa, Florida
April 25 Cleveland, Ohio
April 26 Indianapolis, Indiana
April 27 Lexington, Kentucky
May 4 Detroit, Michigan
May 7 Louisville, Kentucky
May 8 Columbus, Ohio
May 11 & 12 Washington, DC
May 16 Houston, Texas
May 21 Austin, Texas
May 22 San Antonio, Texas
May 25 Dallas, Texas
May 28 & 29 Glendale, Arizona
June 1 Salt Lake City, Utah
June 2 Denver, Colorado
June 15 Toronto, Ontario
June 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 29 Vancouver, British Columbia
July 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 27 Foxborough, Massachusetts
August 1 Des Moines, Iowa
August 2 & 3 Kansas City, Missouri
August 6 Wichita, Kansas
August 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma
August 10 Chicago, Illinois
August 15 San Diego, California
August 19 & 20 Los Angeles, California
August 27 Sacramento, California
August 30 Portland, Oregon
August 31 Tacoma, Washington
September 6 Fargo, North Dakota
September 7 & 8 St. Paul, Minnesota
September 12 Greensboro, North Carolina
September 13 Raleigh, North Carolina
September 14 Charlottesville, Virginia
September 19, 20 & 21 Nashville, Tennessee
As an unabashed Swiftie, I was ready to take any new music from Taylor Swift and immediately love it. But I was a bit surprised that I found myself not enjoying the first single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. off her upcoming new album, Red. On first impression and a few more listens, I actually found it to be grating and way too pop for my taste. On its surface, it was a complete departure from what Swift had been doing prior. It was veering too close to the edge and crossing into Demi Lovato territory in its bubblegum pop and dance-y sound that completely felt like it was shunning any Country and Folk underlying roots Swift injected into her songwriting. This was bothersome as it created questions on what direction the new album will take.
But my feelings changed just a bit when the premiere of the video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” came and went last week. The video fits the peppiness and mood of the song down to a T. Or rather, the video adds a bounce to the song that made me appreciate it more. Although I’d love to know what the woodland creatures that Swift’s band are dressed up as have anything to do with anything, it’s still a fun video to watch. According to Swift, the video was shot in just one take with all the costume changes done on the fly. Pretty neat.
In a live webchat via YouTube just now, Taylor Swift has announced the release of her new album, Red, due out on October 22nd. The country-pop singer/songwriter (a favorite of all here at T1F), mentioned having worked on the album for the past two years and collaborated with other music writers including Ed Sheeran who she also did a duet with. Swift confirmed that there will be 16 songs on Red, not including any possible bonus tracks. Also mentioned in the webchat was the likelihood of another world tour later in the year.
The first single off Red, “We Are Never Getting Back Together” was also premiered during the chat. The track finds Swift in a more glossy-sheen pop sound in a very upbeat and danceable style. The track should be available on iTunes later tonight.
Edit: You can now watch the chat video below.