I’m hating myself for forgetting that Taylor Swift’s live stream with Yahoo was today! Either way, as promised, Taylor released a brand new song entitled “Shake It Off” from her new upcoming album, “1989”. I don’t want to say that I’m obsessed with the song, but let’s just say that I’ve had it on repeat for the better part of an hour now, and yeah… I’m kinda obsessed with it.
As usual, Taylor has managed to give cheeky yet positive message in an incredibly catchy song. “Shake It Off” is a song for everyone struggling with people needlessly hating on them, and Taylor advises us that no matter what mean and ignorant things they may say, it’s best if we just ignore them and shake it off.
Cuz the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, shake it off
There’s even an awesome part where she calls out everyone who insists that she’s too boy-crazy and that it drives her boyfriends away:
I go on too many dates
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say
Since her last album, Red, it’s been pretty obvious that Taylor has been experimenting more and more with a more pop sound, as opposed to country, and she’s enjoyed great success in this genre. “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and “22” were all purely pop songs, and were all smash hits. I think 1989 may be entirely pop, which is a first for her, so it will be interesting to see the critical reception. I have the utmost faith in Taylor’s musical abilities, but I must admit that I’m disappointed if this album won’t be country-inspired, because I’ve always felt that Taylor’s country ballads were the best songs on any of her albums. That said, I read a report months ago which said that this album was written entirely by her, and that makes me super happy, because the only other album which she penned all her own was “Sparks Fly”, and it was her absolute best album, in my opinion.
As a bonus treat, Taylor also debuted the music video for “Shake It Off”, and it matches the tone of the song perfectly. It’s an upbeat, silly and funny video which genuinely makes me feel good. By the way, is this girl drop-dead gorgeous, or what?!
Naturally, there are those who can’t help but voice their opposition to this “new Taylor” as they are calling her, and they seem sincerely upset that this song and music video doesn’t match what they’ve grown accustomed to. I admit that this is an understandable response to change, but that doesn’t make it valid. It’s naïve to never expect change, and it’s downright unwise to go completely against it merely because it’s different. Change is different… duh! Taylor’s music has been changing and evolving for some time now, so I honestly don’t understand how anyone can be surprised at this point. Ironically, several of them are totally missing the message of the song by the criticisms that they’re posting.
My only criticism of the song is that the third verse seems a bit mismatched from the remainder of the song, but that’s not nearly enough to turn me off. Check out the video to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”, because you’d better believe that I’m going to head right back to listening to it.