Taylor Swift 1989 In Five Words Or Less + Secret Messages + Tour Dates

Taylor Swift 1989

In her Rolling Stone cover story, Swift said, “when you chase two rabbits, you end up losing them both”. I’m pretty sure that phrase only applies to girls and actual rabbits, but Taylor applied it to genres of music.  Against her Nashville- based record company’s wishes, Taylor shucked all traces of country from her album to chase the fickle pop rabbit when she could have easily had top singles on both charts. How many artists can conquer two genres with a single album? Swift is stupid famous, stupid savvy and has a stupid amount of money. She could have done it.  Instead, she made a boring synth/ pop album. Miss Swift employs more secret service than the president, so the album is pretty much impossible to listen to, let alone download, without actually buying it (as if you don’t already have enough money, Taylor Swift).  I coughed up twenty bucks to purchase the Deluxe Edition from Target.  I haven’t paid twenty dollars for an album since No Strings Attached. As a result of her anti-piracy team’s vigilant Nazi-ism, most Google searches for “Taylor Swift 1989 full album” yield “Taylor Swift 1989 Full Album Reviews”, which consist of people listening to the album through headphones and talking about it in real time. Everyone and their boyfriend has more than enough words for 1989, so here’s my review: each song in five words or less, plus Taylor’s little secret sleeve note messages.

  1. Welcome To New York: Slow, no mids. Secret Message: “We Begin Our Story In New York”
  2. Blank Space: Self- aware. Secret Message: “here once was a girl known by everyone and no one”
  3. Style: t-shirt, miniskirt, been here before. Secret Message: “Her heart belonged to someone who couldn’t stay”
  4. Out Of The Woods: No story. Dumb song. Secret Message: “They loved each other recklessly”
  5. All You Had To Do Was Stay: Ugly sounds! Secret Message: “They paid the price”
  6. Shake It Off: Love this song. Secret Message: “She danced to forget him”
  7. I Wish You Would: Fast. Secret Message: “He drove past her street each night”
  8. Bad Blood: “Better Than Revenge” was better. Secret Message: “She made friends and enemies”
  9. Wildest Dreams: Sultry and kinda shallow. Secret Message: “He only saw her in his dreams”
  10. How You Get The Girl: How would you know? Secret Message:  “Then one day he came back”
  11. This Love: Why not more like this? Secret message: “Timing is a funny thing”
  12. I Know Places: Yes You Are A Fox. Secret Message: “And everyone was watching”
  13. Clean: Imogen Heap = yes. Secret Message: “She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything”


  1. Wonderland: Have you ever done drugs?
  2. You Are In Love: Same as Secret Garden
  3. New Romantics:  Grand finale.  Best song.

If you buy the Deluxe Edition you get three voice memos proving Taylor rocks at songwriting but kind of sucks at singing. Top Picks: Clean, New Romantics, Style

Bottom line?  1989 has the beats, but it lacks the heart, risk, and collaborations that made Fearless and Speak Now watersheds.

Here are the official dates for the 1989 tour, where y0u can surely see Taylor in plenty of pantsless onesies:

May 20, 2015 – Bossier City, La. at CenturyLink Center

May 22, 2015 – Baton Rouge, La. at LSU Tiger Stadium

May 30, 2015 – Detroit, Mich. at Ford Field

June 2, 2015 – Louisville, Ky. at KFC Yum! Center

June 3, 2015 – Cleveland, Ohio at Quicken Loans Arena

June 6, 2015 – Pittsburgh, Pa. at Heinz Field

June 8, 2015 – Charlotte, N.C. at Time Warner Cable Arena

June 9, 2015 – Raleigh, N.C. at PNC Arena

June 13, 2015 – Philadelphia, Pa. at Lincoln Financial Field

June 20, 2015 – Cologne, Germany at Lanxess Arena

June 21, 2015 – Amsterdam, Netherlands at Ziggo Dome

June 23, 2015 – Glasgow, Scotland at The SSE Hydro

June 24, 2015 – Manchester, England at Arena

June 27, 2015 – London, England at British Summertime Hyde Park

July 6, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario at Canadian Tire Centre

July 7, 2015 – Montreal, Quebec at Bell Centre

July 11, 2015 – East Rutherford, N.J. at MetLife Stadium

July 13, 2015 – Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park

July 18, 2015 – Chicago, Ill. at Soldier Field

July 24 & 25, 2015 – Foxborough, Mass. at Gillette Stadium

August 1, 2015 – Vancouver, B.C. at BC Place Stadium

August 4 & 5, 2015 – Edmonton, Alberta at Rexall Place

August 8, 2015 – Seattle, Wash. at CenturyLink Field

August 15, 2015 – Santa Clara, Calif. at Levi’s Stadium

August 17 & 18, 2015 – Glendale, Ariz. at Gila River Arena

August 25 & 26, 2015 – Los Angeles, Calif. at Staples Center

August 29, 2015 – San Diego, Calif. at PETCO Park

September 4, 2015 – Salt Lake City, Utah at EnergySolutions Arena

September 5 & 6, 2015 – Denver, Colo. at Pepsi Center

September 9, 2015 – Fargo, N.D. at Fargodome

September 11 & 12, 2015 – St. Paul, Minn. at Xcel Energy Center

September 16, 2015 – Indianapolis, Ind. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

September 17 & 18, 2015 – Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena

September 21 & 22, 2015 – Kansas City, Mo. at Sprint Center

September 25 & 26, 2015 – Nashville, Tenn. at Bridgestone Arena

October 2 & 3, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario at Rogers Centre

October 8, 2015 – Des Moines, Iowa at Wells Fargo Arena

October 9 & 10, 2015 – Omaha, Neb. at CenturyLink Center

October 13 & 14, 2015 – St. Louis, Mo. at Scottrade Center

October 17, 2015 – Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium

October 20, 2015 – Lexington, Ky. at Rupp Arena

October 21, 2015 Greensboro, N.C. at Greensboro Coliseum Complex

October 24, 2015 – Atlanta, Ga. at Georgia Dome

October 27, 2015 – Miami, Fla. at American Airlines Arena

October 31, 2015 – Tampa, Fla. at Raymond James Stadium

1 comment on “Taylor Swift 1989 In Five Words Or Less + Secret Messages + Tour Dates

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