Is Change Inevitable? Taylor Swift's 1989 Album
Christina Storey | 20 March 2017

Is change inevitable? I’m sat in my room listening to Taylor Swift’s much anticipated first certified ‘pop’ album – 1989, and I’m not too sure I like it. Long gone is the melodic guitar ballads about crying after boys in the night, long gone is that innocent view on love, long gone is that country sound that Taylor was originally known for. Her music has changed, simple as. But was that inevitable?


Taylor’s first few albums - her self-titled debut album and her 2010 release of Fearless - have a certain feel about them. It’s of a young girl coming of age, learning about love and boys and everything in between. Growing up through senior school I felt I could relate to her, although I did not have teardrops on my guitar or long summer nights singing to Tim McGraw her innocent, magic- like view on love enchanted me. (Points for you if you get all the song references here.) I found her music like a dream, an escape really. Around that time I disliked school, I didn’t think I would ever really like it and I couldn’t wait to move to a big ol’ city and get out of the small town I thought I was stuck in and start my dream career. Her songs were essentially my escape.


However, fast forward four years, I love school and I’m finding it difficult to love Taylor as much as I used to. 1989 is incredibly upbeat, I’m no music expert but I’m pretty sure it’s more than just her guitar, which resembles an obvious change from her early music. Its repetitive lyrics and pop beats emphasize that she too has changed. Reading the lyrics I can still see her immense writing skills; however, I can’t lie and say I would prefer that they would be in ballads rather than upbeat pop songs. In the foreword to 1989 Taylor states that ‘I know people can change because it happens to me little by little every day. Every day I wake up as someone slightly new. Isn’t it wild and intriguing and beautiful to think that every day we are new?’


And I somehow agree with that. People change every day, whether they’re growing in their character or just growing up, change in yourself is inevitable. You wouldn’t want to be the same person every day, would you? Although it’s your comfort zone, it’s boring. Change is scary but it happens to everyone. Although I feel like a geek saying it, I like school. I like getting to know new people, growing closer to friends and learning new things, and you know what, the future scares me! Applying to university, which is one step closer to starting my career and leaving this town which was once my dream, terrifies me. As much as we say we ‘can’t wait to leave this place’ aren’t we all scared? It’s stepping out of our comfort zone, and that is scary, no-one can deny it.


So therefore Taylor, I prefer your old music, but I understand why you’ve changed. You’ve moved with the times, you’ve grown as a person just like everyone else does and although this change in beat is not my preferred taste I’m sure I’ll get used to it as I understand, change is inevitable.

James Routledge 2016