Title: 1989 (CD)
Artist: Taylor Swift
Record Label: Big Machine Records
Release Date: 2014
|1.||“Welcome to New York“|
|4.||“Out of the Woods“|
|5.||“All You Had to Do Was Stay”|
|6.||“Shake It Off“|
|7.||“I Wish You Would”|
|10.||“How You Get the Girl”|
|12.||“I Know Places”|
Critical Evaluation: There is no doubt that Taylor Swift’s songs are catchy. Impressively enough, she writes most of her own song lyrics, which probably contributes to her wide spread appeal and relatability to her fans. She sings about her experiences and draws inspiration primarily from past and present relationships. Some have criticized her for her rather extensive lists of famous exes; however, without them she probably would not have created the rather impressive list hit singles she has credited to her name!
Listener Annotation: Looking for the girl next door? Taylor Swift is all that and more!
About the Artist:
“Born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift’s family moved to nearby Wyomissing where she started crafting songs at age 5, and at age 16, released her debut album. Hits like “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” appealed to country and pop fans alike and helped fuel the multiplatinum success of her albums, with Fearless the 2009 top-seller. She has won many awards, including several Grammy Awards, and modeled for Cover Girl.”
Genre: pop, country, fusion
Curriculum Ties: Music, Art
Interest Age: Ages 11+
Challenge Issues: N/A
Justification of Selection: Taylor Swift is a number one selling artist all over the world. Her primary demographic is teen girls.
The Biography.com. (2015). Taylor Swift. Bio. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/taylor-swift-369608