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1989 (Taylor's Version)

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While Taylor Swift transitioned cautiously from country to pop on 2012's Red, she became the face of mainstream pop music with the monumental synth-driven hit parade of her next album, 1989. Released in October of 2014, the album was named after Swift's birth year as well as the era of synth pop radio hits that provided partial inspiration for the dancy, hyper-produced material. 1989 [Taylor's Version] continues Swift's series of re-recording her albums for purposes related to licensing rights, and more than any of the revised versions that preceded it, illuminates the moment when she became a timeless songwriter. At the time of its original release, 1989 was a grand slam, moving platinum numbers, producing seven hit singles (three of which were number ones), and remaining in the charts internationally for more than a year. Returning to this material exactly nine years later, one would expect songs played to death on the radio for nearly a decade to feel a little dated, or for the Jack Antonoff or Max Martin and Shellback co-written tunes to sound especially formulaic in hindsight. Instead, the re-recorded versions (like all of Taylor's Versions, aiming for faithful re-creation of the originals more than artistic updating) sound fresh and vital, perhaps even more powerful in light of Swift's often-shifting artistic progress since. Songs that may have come across shallow or substanceless in 2014 (the cheerleader-y bounce of "Shake It Off" or Swift's PG-rated Lana Del Rey mirroring on "Wildest Dreams") now make more sense as part of the unfettered celebration of pop -- in all its self-indulgence and escapism -- that 1989 was intended as. The album's homage to the gated reverb and MIDI keyboard tones of late-'80s radio comes into full view on the five additional tracks that were kept in the vault from the time the album was initially made. There are echoes of the Outfield's 1986 hit "Your Love" in the verses of "Say Don't Go" before a decidedly 2010s chorus washes up on a cascade of bubbly synth notes, and both "Suburban Legends" and the magnetic hooks of "Slut!" offer a more subdued counterpoint to the overenthusiastic electro-pop exclamation Swift got into on "New Romantics." Fleshed out by these extra tracks, 1989 [Taylor's Version] confirms the lasting strength that Swift's songwriting was achieving in this one of many blooms, and serves as a lovely reminder of when she officially stepped into her place in the pop culture continuum.

© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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1
Welcome To New York (Taylor's Version)
00:03:32

Ryan Tedder, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Zancanella, Producer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Rowe, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Rich, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

2
Blank Space (Taylor's Version)
00:03:51

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Holland, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pruitt, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

3
Style (Taylor's Version)
00:03:51

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ali Payami, ComposerLyricist - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

4
Out Of The Woods (Taylor's Version)
00:03:55

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Hart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Rowe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zem Audu, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Jacobs, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Freedom Hart, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Joey Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jozef Caldwell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

5
All You Had To Do Was Stay (Taylor's Version)
00:03:13

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pruitt, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

6
Shake It Off (Taylor's Version)
00:03:39

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Magnus Johansson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Holland, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - ROBERT ALLEN, Clapping, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lowell Reynolds, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Johan Schuster, Drums, Sound Effects, AssociatedPerformer - Wojtek Goral, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mattias Bylund, Editor, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Clapping, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Trumpet, Vocal Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tomas Jonsson, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Janne Bjerger, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Sidoti, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Noos Johansson, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

7
I Wish You Would (Taylor's Version)
00:03:27

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Hart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Rowe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zem Audu, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Jacobs, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Freedom Hart, Guitar, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Joey Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jozef Caldwell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

8
Bad Blood (Taylor's Version)
00:03:31

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

9
Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)
00:03:40

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Guitar, Synthesizer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mattias Bylund, String Arranger, Editor, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mattias Johansson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Bukovinszky, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Sidoti, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Synthesizer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Taylor Swift

10
How You Get The Girl (Taylor's Version)
00:04:07

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pruitt, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

11
This Love (Taylor’s Version)
00:04:10

Max Bernstein, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - David Payne, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lowell Reynolds, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Sidoti, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Taylor Swift

12
I Know Places (Taylor's Version)
00:03:15

Ryan Tedder, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Zancanella, Producer, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Rowe, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Rich, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Orion Meshorer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

13
Clean (Taylor's Version)
00:04:31

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Imogen Heap, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Vibraphone, Recording Engineer, Kalimba, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Rowe, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

14
Wonderland (Taylor's Version)
00:04:05

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pruitt, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

15
You Are In Love (Taylor's Version)
00:04:27

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Hart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Rowe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zem Audu, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Jacobs, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Freedom Hart, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Joey Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jozef Caldwell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

16
New Romantics (Taylor's Version)
00:03:50

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Shellback, ComposerLyricist - Max Bernstein, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Burns, Additional Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Billingslea, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Rowe, Producer, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pruitt, Drums, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Meadows, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Heller, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Garten, Editor, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

17
"Slut!" (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)
00:03:00

Patrik Berger, Producer, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

18
Say Don't Go (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)
00:04:39

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diane Warren, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Hart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Mellotron, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zem Audu, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Freedom Hart, Electric Guitar, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

19
Now That We Don't Talk (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)
00:02:26

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Hart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Guitar, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zem Audu, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Freedom Hart, Electric Guitar, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

20
Suburban Legends (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)
00:02:51

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Hart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zem Audu, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Guitar, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Freedom Hart, Guitar, Organ, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

21
Is It Over Now? (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)
00:03:49

Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Hart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Manning, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zem Audu, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Freedom Hart, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Taylor Swift

Album review

While Taylor Swift transitioned cautiously from country to pop on 2012's Red, she became the face of mainstream pop music with the monumental synth-driven hit parade of her next album, 1989. Released in October of 2014, the album was named after Swift's birth year as well as the era of synth pop radio hits that provided partial inspiration for the dancy, hyper-produced material. 1989 [Taylor's Version] continues Swift's series of re-recording her albums for purposes related to licensing rights, and more than any of the revised versions that preceded it, illuminates the moment when she became a timeless songwriter. At the time of its original release, 1989 was a grand slam, moving platinum numbers, producing seven hit singles (three of which were number ones), and remaining in the charts internationally for more than a year. Returning to this material exactly nine years later, one would expect songs played to death on the radio for nearly a decade to feel a little dated, or for the Jack Antonoff or Max Martin and Shellback co-written tunes to sound especially formulaic in hindsight. Instead, the re-recorded versions (like all of Taylor's Versions, aiming for faithful re-creation of the originals more than artistic updating) sound fresh and vital, perhaps even more powerful in light of Swift's often-shifting artistic progress since. Songs that may have come across shallow or substanceless in 2014 (the cheerleader-y bounce of "Shake It Off" or Swift's PG-rated Lana Del Rey mirroring on "Wildest Dreams") now make more sense as part of the unfettered celebration of pop -- in all its self-indulgence and escapism -- that 1989 was intended as. The album's homage to the gated reverb and MIDI keyboard tones of late-'80s radio comes into full view on the five additional tracks that were kept in the vault from the time the album was initially made. There are echoes of the Outfield's 1986 hit "Your Love" in the verses of "Say Don't Go" before a decidedly 2010s chorus washes up on a cascade of bubbly synth notes, and both "Suburban Legends" and the magnetic hooks of "Slut!" offer a more subdued counterpoint to the overenthusiastic electro-pop exclamation Swift got into on "New Romantics." Fleshed out by these extra tracks, 1989 [Taylor's Version] confirms the lasting strength that Swift's songwriting was achieving in this one of many blooms, and serves as a lovely reminder of when she officially stepped into her place in the pop culture continuum.

© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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