Lover Deluxe Album Unboxing & Mini Taylor Swift VMA Party

Back with another Taylor Swift post, as promised this is my Taylor Swift Lover Unboxing. In crappy cell phone pics! ūüėČ Enjoy!

To read my initial reaction to the album with my first listen…CLICK HERE!

First Listen

Picking it up at TARGET

UNBOXING…

I basically didn’t want 4 copies of the album so my friends and I all bought different versions. I chose Version 3, because I watched an unboxing video on YouTube and saw Version 3 was the Blue one and her poster has her holding a sunflower and basically blue and sunflowers are my favs. I thought it was a universal sign. So there’s my logic for why I chose Version 3. Haha.

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The Deluxe Target Version comes with 30 pages from Taylor’s Diaries some including fun personal pics, lyrics, and fun doodles. The 18 Track Lover Album, A Lyric book, a poster, and a bunch of blank pages for you to write your own entries. My version also included her diary entry from the night Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech at the VMAs. #SpillThatTeaGirl ūüôā

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Here’s a sneak peek into her diary pages for Version 3. Of course she mentions JT in mine. Like I knew there was a cosmic reason why I bought this one. Also she discusses writing her hit track “22” from the RED album. The RED album is when I fell in love with her music. And 22 came out when I was 22, I was just graduating college and I had a big Graduation party with all my family and friends and when that song came on we were all screaming “I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I’M FEELING 22!” Some were still 21 though. HAHA

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2019 VMA’s VIEWING PARTY SETUP…

Cuz, I’m a total geek, I felt like doing a little Taylor inspired set up in honor of her opening the show. So this is kind of what I had lying around and I think it came together.

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Set-up Included:

The Lover Album… of course.

 

A Heart decorated wine class, (I just had a glass of red wine with some frozen fruit and seltzer, so I made like a little sangria spritzer.)

Pastel rose petals and butterflies, because…Taylor Swift.

And the dessert is actually from Little Debbie’s limited edition line. Mermaid Vibes fit that Taylor Vibe too.¬†

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Catch Taylor’s Performance Below!¬†

 

IT’s NICE TO HAVE A FRIEND! (to have a girls night/listening party with!)¬†

So the day after the VMA’s I had planned to meet up with some friends to swap diaries and have a little Taylor Swift listening party. We grabbed lunch and some coffee and then unexpectedly ended up at my friend’s house and drank wine, had dinner and listened to Taylor’s many albums on repeat. A fun girls day that turned into night… it was one for the books. Love you ladies! I encourage everyone to just listen to the album with a friend, it’s that much more fun!¬†

Listening Party

I also caved and bought the $60 t-shirt I’ve been eyeing. The Taylor Swift x Stella McCartney designs were only released in spurts over a small time period and once the day was over the designs were no longer available and new ones were available. So I was sure I lost my chance at my favorite one. But Yesterday the whole collection was brought back for the day and I just had to get it. It was haunting me! No my credit card is NOT happy. But I am! ūüėČ Taylor’s Merch shop still has her merch available, just not the Stella McCartney line. Visit the shop HERE!

So there’s my recent Taylor Fangirl News!

I really hope she tours for this record. I feel so connected to this album and I just think it’s such a fun vibe for her and I can only imagine what the sets could look like on tour. The pastel colors! I can’t wait to see what’s next for her.

 

*All images/unboxing video are my own, except the VMA performance/T-shirt images/Songs used.*

-<3-

 

Lover Listening Party! [Album Review]

Taylor Swift. My words fail me right now, because I don’t know if I have words that will do this album justice- Lover. We really needed you.¬†

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LISTEN to LOVER on YouTube, Spotify, etc. Purchase Deluxe (or regular) Editions at Target! 

Swift has been tweeting teasers and posting to instagram for quite a while. And we were gifted with the first single – “Me!” featuring Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie back in April. My high school self was flipping her shit at this collaboration. Urie is the cutest thing ever! What a fantastic first track to introduce the new record. The video is an epic pastel universe as well.¬†

Taylor also released 3 other tracks prior to the release of the full album this past week on Friday, August 23rd. 

You Need To Calm Down

The Archer

Lover (video) strategically released the eve before the album release! And shocker, it’s BRILLIANT!

Now as usual when I know I want to write a review for an album, I listen to it, with a pad and pen in hand and take notes. Nothing crazy just things I notice, things I like, lyrics that strike me, or just things I hear that I like and notice in the music. This album (the deluxe version) has 18 TRACKS! So it is quite the treat for us swifties!

Let’s get started. Keep in mind, this is a FIRST LISTEN. So my thoughts are kinda random. LOL.¬†

1.) I Forgot That You Existed 

*Break up song/ANTHEM! (happy)

*A Bob! *Strong first track

2.) Cruel Summer

*I noticed some lyrics from this song are in the Lover music video “Devils roll the dice, angels roll their eyes.”¬†

^ Taylor and her Easter eggs. ūüėȬ†

*Fun!

3.) Lover

*The release of this song/video was so perfectly planned. 

*Lyrics!!! [Engagement?]- Sure sounds like she’s engaged. ūüėȬ†

*Romantic

4.) The Man

*YES!!!

*FEMINISM!

*Badass Boss Lady!

5.) The Archer

*I didn’t love it my first listen when it was an early release.

*But I watched her YouTube special the eve of the album release and she performed it, and I just liked it so much more!

*Love her voice- breathy/airy/light

*Sonic

***She shares some fun info about the album here too! And the fact that she’s OPENING the VMA’s tonight- Monday, August 26th! OMG I CAN’T WAIT! ***

6.) I Think He Knows 

*Sexy/Rap

*”Wanna see what’s under that attitude.” “I think he knows he better lock it down.” Haha love those lines!

*Girl is so good with metaphors and symbolism.

*Engaged? (Again it appears to be a possibility, lol)

*90’s girl jam (I just feel like I could see like a girl group singing this in the 90’s #GIRLPOWER)

7.) Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince

* Darker sound

*Auto tune

*Synthesizer?

8.) Paper Rings

*Stalker Cool haha

*Snaps!

*60’s/70’s/swing vibes

*Rocker/2000’s vibes [Yes at the same time, she plays with a lot of sounds and genres but it’s all EPIC AF]

*Wedding themed [Again!] ūüėȬ†

9.) Cornelia Street

*”how this city screams your name.”

*pretty lyrics

*Voice!¬† *”Dress” vibes from Reputation album

10.) Death By A Thousand Cuts 

*Super interesting sounds

*Like I’m LISTENING to a Kaleidoscope.

*Chimes/taps/funky guitar/drums

*”Trying to find parts of my body you didn’t touch”- beautiful metaphor

*The title is clever, you wouldn’t think it would be so light sounding. From the name, I expected darker Taylor to creep out.¬†

11.) London Boy

*”Darling, I fancy you.”

*Stella McCartney name drop (the reason why we have that tye dye dream of a collection)

^I’ve been eyeing one tee, but it’s a bit pricey [$60] if you ask me, and I don’t even know if it’s still available. New merch was being released each day for only a couple hours at a time.¬†

*Cute

*About Joe Alwyn? (who’s voice is that in the beginning???- apparently it’s Idris Elba & James Corden)

12.) Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. The Dixie Chicks)

*Country Roots

*”Cause you have to.”- this line breaks me.

*CRYING!

*hit hard

“Who am I supposed to talk to?”

*Rough one to listen to, but beautiful. (I skip it when I re-listen, it’s just too much for me.)

^Taylor herself has said in recent interviews that she can’t listen to this song or perform it. It was hard to write and she and her family made the decision together, choosing to include the track on her album.¬†

13.) False God

*Jazzy/slow jam

*R&B

*”I’m New York City, I still do it for you babe.”¬†

*”We’d still worship this love.”

*OMG she can do ANYTHING! 

14.) You Need To Calm Down

*Clever Lyrics- “Cuz shade never made anybody less gay!”¬†

*Anthem

*Timing is perfect! “Political” stand.

*Inclusion

*Bop!

*Polite Diss song

15.) Afterglow

*”Hey it’s on me, don’t go.”

*Pretty

16.) Me! (feat. Brendon Urie)

*1st single-loved immediately

*video is magical!

*Brendon Urie!!!!

*Chanty!

*Chorus! ūüôā

*Happiness!

*Self Acceptance

*Fun intro to this new album and the world she was creating for us.

*Great Collaboration. One we didn’t know we needed!

*Flash mob vibes

*Where is my fav line! “Hey Kids, Spelling is fun!”????

^So I did a little google search….So sad they took this out because people were giving her crap because it was “offensive.” I just don’t get it. People are way to sensitive these days, and that’s coming from someone who takes EVERYTHING to heart. So…yea.

17.) It’s Nice To Have A Friend

*Childhood

*Folksy

*Running with the fairies

*Harp

*Fantasy

*Chorus

18.) Daylight

*”I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you.”

*Lyrics!

*Perfect last song

^Taylor actually said this was almost the little of the album, but then she wrote Lover and felt like that embodied the theme of the whole album and she was spot on. This album is a lover of love. A celebration of it’s ups and downs.¬†

After the track finishes we get a little audio note from Taylor and what she leaves us with is quite the profound message…”I want to be defined by the things that I love…you are what you love.” Such an amazing body of work.¬†

LYRICS: I could sit here and tell you every lyric I loved, but that would take forever, because Taylor is such a genius with lyrics. you can really see how she’s matured and how she is writing from¬† a place of being in love and the things that come with that. It’s so beautiful that she’s so in love. I really hope she and Joe make it all the way to the aisle….or maybe that’s already “locked in.” ūüėČ Please feel free to READ all the lyrics and analyze for yourself. You won’t regret it!

Overall Thoughts: So dang strategic. Crazy feels and lyrics. A true artist. 18 songs. This album takes you on a journey. A roller coaster of emotions. A masterpiece. Brilliant album. I have 0 complaints. In fact I was texting with one of my best friends as I listened and after every song, I would text- OMG I love this one, I love that one, I can’t decide! It’s insane how much love and thought she puts into these albums and the campaign behind releasing them. I really respect her creative process. I love how she really is so involved in what she places her name on. She wrote/co wrote every track. She plans everything from the mood to the colors to the imagery she uses to convey the feelings of this album to her fans. I mean even if you HATE her, you can’t deny her! She is a true legend in the making. And I only say in the making, because she still has so much more to go. And I cannot wait for that TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! I have yet to see her in concert and she is on my concert bucket list. I kicked myself for not seeing her in concert for the 1989 album. So this time, I am making sure I plan ahead!

Although I find it hard to choose favorites, I will say my current #onrepeat tracks are- I Forgot That You Existed, The Man, I Think He Knows, False God and Afterglow. But they are changing as I sit here, listening. She experimented with so many interesting sounds and touched upon some new genres. She really proved her voice can do so many different things. And I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

Stay Tuned! My Lover Album unboxing is coming up next! 

And don’t forget Taylor opens the 2019 VMA’s tonight at 8 PM on MTV

Red carpet at 7

 

*I do not take credit for any images/videos/music used.* 

 

-<3-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 24- Fall Fashion: Concert Style

Justin Timberlake’s style for his MAN OF THE WOODS show is very laid back. So for my concert look tonight, I wanted to mirror that same vibe. Comfortable, yet stylish.¬†

As you can see he wears a lot of , flannel, leather, denim, black. There are some earthy tones and outdoorsy pieces, so camouflage is a pattern that pops up a lot too. And I’ve seen he mostly rocks sneakers or boots. He also mixes patterns at times too. But the usual basis for the outfit is a graphic tee.¬†

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In fact he has a clothing collection with the brand Levi, called Fresh Leaves

And a sneaker deal with Air Jordan…these are sold in limited locations.¬†

*JT concert merch is available HERE!

Because I wasn’t a fan of any of the few t-shirts left on his website, I opted to find my own shirt and to put together my own outfit using simple pieces I already had in my closet. #GOTTASAVEMONEY #ADULTING I am hoping they are selling some concert tees there though. I really wanted one online, but it’s no longer up. ūüė¶

I found a JT shirt with the album graphic on it in Target for cheap and ordered one each for me and my best friend. 

So the concert tee is the main focus of the outfit.

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I painted my nails- black, white and orange- the colors of the album cover, which is the graphic featured on the t-shirt. 

IGNORE MY MESSY NAILS IN THE FOLLOWING SHOTS…I took all of this before I cleaned them up. ūüėČ

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Currently I am torn between two outfit ideas. Either some black pants or jeans, a red/yellow/white flannel, and a leather jacket or oversized denim jacket over top the tee and the flannel. I opted to rock either my combat boots or my white & black Michael Jackson boots. Depending which outfit I end up choosing.

I’m also keeping my jewelry pretty simple- some gold hoops (not sure which size I’m rocking just yet), two gold chains for a layered affect, 4 plain gold rings, and a cuff like bracelet. With a yellow purse too, to tie in the colors of the flannel.¬†

For my makeup I’m planning to do a mix of fall colors, a lot of golds/oranges/reds.

Similar to this makeup/hair look…

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Except I’m planning to swap out the red lip color for something in the more brown/bronze/peach family. Either I will pick one of the lip colors below, or do some type of mix of colors.

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And as for my hair, I’m going to be adding¬† some random loose waves with a curling wand, using products like mousse, dry shampoo, and hairspray.¬†


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There you have it, my JT MAN OF THE WOODS outfit inspo. I am ready to dance and sing my ass off! I will reveal the full look I chose tomorrow! 

Tonight. Fangirl mode. ON.

Stay Tuned for a full Concert Review! COMING SOON!

 

*I do not take credit for any Justin Timberlake images or videos used.*

*All other images are my own.*

-<3-

 

 

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 23- Fangirl Report: J.T. Edition (Who else?)

Hello, my fellow fangirls! How the hell are ya? 

I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted an updated fangirl report on here. But to be honest, as you get older, adulting is a thing and it can totally harsh your fangirl mellow. But that being said after tomorrow…I’ll have some more fun news to report for you!

Tomorrow, I have tickets to see the man, the myth, the legend- Justin Timberlake in his MAN OF THE WOODS TOUR. If you remember, seeing J.T. in concert is on my Fall Bucket List…so I am super happy to be able to check that one off!¬†

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It has been a while since I’ve seen him in concert. My Fangirl life is pretty well documented on this blog though. See lists of posts below…

Justin Timberlake’s #MANOFTHEWOODS gives Good Vibes

Justin Timberlake Feb. 2018 Fangirl Report

Filthy Friday

A Message To Justin Timberlake

The Year of Justin Timberlake

Get Ready With Me For, Justin!

And these are just a few. I have a whole tab on the side of my blog just dedicated to Justin Timberlake/Fangirl Reports 

Needless to say, I feel like JT is kind of doing his thing this tour. He isn’t really attending many award shows because he’s touring, and to be honest I haven’t been keeping up with the award shows either. He isn’t really doing many public appearances, again, because he’s touring. And I’m doing life on my end, and we just meet in the middle. Haha. Normally I’m like tracking his every move, but ya homegirl has a busy life now! I feel like I barely have enough time in a day! Haha. Thanks to his instagram I can still keep up. But I’ve learned not everything has to be super urgent.¬†

Was I excited when his new album came out? 

Yes.

Did I buy it?

Duh.

Did I have a private dance party, alone in my room, at midnight. 

Maybe. 

Do I continue to purchase *NSYNC tees like a psycho?

Um of course. 

[They just released VOL. 2 of the new *NSYNC merch collection. (that doormat tho! haha)]

Did I try to get tickets when they went on sale?

Yup was on Ticketmaster bright and early, and no luck!

So I realized something. If I want to go. I will make it happen. I kept checking back and waited out those damn ticket prices, til I felt the price was reasonable and the seats were decent enough. I love you JT, but I am not made of money bro! Ticketmaster was legit, driving me crazy. But after a while, I finally got my tickets a few weeks ago, and it’s a go for tomorrow!

Me and my best friend are wearing matching t-shirts, I found in Target HERE, and I have my Fangirl To Do/Prep List ready to go for when I get out of work today. #NERD

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Tomorrow is going to be so crazy, I have work, then I have to rush home, change and head out! I am so freakin’ excited though! It’s going to feel like old times. Nostalgia.¬†

^Me and my best friend…I can’t wait to add a new picture to this! ūüėÄ

I haven’t let myself watch too much footage from the concert, because I knew I was planning to go. But I have seen the vibe of it, very campfire, woodsy, earthy. I love it, and I am with it. Although I feel like my obsession with this album isn’t as strong as my others, but this album is definitely feel good, chill vibes. And I’m ready for it. I am getting pumped writing this as I listen to the album, lol. [Flannel is playing right now- has become one of my favorites.] And I’m sure he’s going to throw in the nostalgia hits, #Cry Me A River, #What Goes Around, #Mirrors. Omg I am so ready, you guys! Last time I did a whole vlog situation, but honestly it was very time consuming and I filmed a get ready with me and all that too, and I just don’t have the time for that this year. I’m rushing home to go see him as it is. Besides, sometimes you just want to be in the moment and not worry about having to capture it on a recording device. So as much as I would love to have another JT concert vlog for MLW, I think I’ll just stick to crappy cell phone coverage and my oh so wise words. ūüėČ But I will of course be doing a concert review!

So stay tuned for that!

Fangirl TO DO/PREP List:

Tickets

Pick an outfit- accessories, shoes, jacket, makeup look, hair style- Ugh! I have a few ideas for an outfit but I haven’t really made an official decision yet! #GirlProblems

Clear out cell camera (always getting full, gosh! #memories)

Charge phone

Paint Nails

Listen to JT albums (gotta get them singing skills ready!)#NOVOICEATWORKONTHURSDAY

Directions for venue (just in case I have a mental fart and can’t remember where I’m going, it’s possible! haha)

Chat with bestie/confirm plans

 

Also quick side note: J.T. wrote a BOOK! It comes out literally in ONE WEEK, Next Tuesday, October 30th! And yes I will be buying it. Hey maybe I’ll do a little book review! ūüėČ Seriously though, is there anything this dude can’t do?¬†

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*I do not take credit for the JT album or the JT book cover image.*

 

-<3-

 

 

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 4- Fall Haul-Treats, Teas, & D√©cor

 

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I bought all of my fall goodies at Christmas Tree Shop, and they were all fairly inexpensive. 

The T-shirt, I purchased from Target. ($14.99-$16.99)

Hand Soaps were (3 for $2) – I got fall scents: Mulled Cider, Pumpkin Spice, & Fig and Brown Sugar

Treats:

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Biscotti- I bought these a year or two ago and I just loved them, so I had to repurchase. ($2.99)

Pumpkin Spice Werther’s Original Soft Caramels ($1)

Fall Teas:

Bigelow Salted Caramel ($2.49)

Red Rose Caramel Apple Pie ($2.49)

Blue festive mug with sunflowers “Crisp air and crunchy leaves” ($4.99) I have way too many mugs and I had to put this one back. But my aunt was really sweet and got it for me anyway, because she knew how much I wanted it! LOL.

Décor:

Cupcake Papers [mini & large] ($1 each)

Two packs of beautiful leaves in various fall golden colors. Gorgeous! (Each $1.99)

Hello Fall Napkins- ($1.99) we use these hand towels for our restroom, and its so hard to find the long decorative napkins for each season/holiday, so this was a steal!

Rustic Apple Kitchen Towel ($1.99) 

Decorative wooden pumpkin ($1.69)

Magic Potion Cauldron ($2.49)

Black Cat Cauldron Polish Spell bottle ($1.49)

 

I can’t wait to decorate and use all my fun fall goodies!

 

What’s in your Fall haul?¬†

-<3-

Taylor Swift “1989” Deluxe Album Review

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Listen to the album in full HERE

[Quick Disclaimer…I want the¬†target dlx edition¬†with all the extras (certain things you can’t get by downloading online,) so I¬†haven’t been able to buy my copy yet, but I do¬†intend to. I don’t download illegally. I just listen to the tracks online until I get the chance to buy it. So please download either through iTunes…or buy the¬†album in stores. I know me saying this will do little to¬† stop illegal downloading, but I just wanted to state my piece. I am in¬†no way promoting piracy. The link I used for the album is just one I found by googling, I have no relation to it, use your best judgment.]

Read all the full lyrics HERE (some lyrics seemed a bit off to me…but you can be the judge.)

Judged for her dating history and her strong belief in love, Taylor Swift’s constant optimism and wavering hope are what the music world needs.imagesLG954LUV

Ms. Swift’s highly anticipated new album; 1989, was officially (and legally) released yesterday October 27, 2014 and it is BOSS. So I thought I’d do a Full Album Review. Target is selling a deluxe edition, in which you get the original 13 songs, plus 3 extra bonus tracks, a pack of polaroid pictures of Taylor¬†AND 3 voice memos from Taylor’s personal cell phone of her recording the raw ideas of three of her newest songs. This seemed so intriguing I had to review the Deluxe edition. And props to Taylor for encouraging people to buy actual CDs. Can’t get them polaroid pics¬†on iTunes!

taylor-swift-performs-at-jimmy-kimmel-live-in-hollywood_1[1]This year and the time leading up to the release of¬†her new album,¬†we’ve been seeing a sassier, sexier, non filtered, girl turned into woman. Not only have we been bear hugged by the anthem “Shake it Off” but also Taylor’s image has gone from preppy to crop top, short locks sexy. She’s growing up, she’s showing a more mature side of herself. But she remains classy as always Ms. Swift. Classy as always.

The album is definitely a bold transition from country/pop to pop. But what I love about this album is that although you know many of these songs could be (and probably will be) instant radio hits….the record is pop with some soft undertones. She takes a new approach vocally as she takes¬†on a¬†rapping style or sing/talking technique¬†for some songs. I think this is so interesting, because it almost feels like she is sitting in your living room, reading from a book, telling us her stories.Taylor Swift is an artist who takes the time to hand you her heart. You can trust her, trust what she’s saying, because you know she’s speaking from experience. The album is an open advice column. Learn from her. She’s been there. She’s here for you. She gets it. You are not alone. -Michelle Leigh Writes

But despite the running theme of broken or fractured hearts and ghosts of past relationships haunting her, the album is surprisingly light and upbeat. That’s the¬†pop genre¬†for ya! Dancing to heartache and¬†cheers-ing to the next¬†one.¬†But don’t count Taylor out just yet…or ever. Her lyrics are meaningful, truthful and beautifully constructed. ¬†And there is the underlying theme and message of hope in love and keeping your head up against all those trying to bring you down. Taylor Swift is a supporter of love and this album is a testament to that. If you take away anything from this album…know that Taylor Swift is the real deal. Because in life…love is the center of it all. And she gets that….loud and clear. #HopelessRomantic #AndDamnProudOfIt

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Track By Track, my thoughts, and my favorite lyrics. Oh the lyrics! (I went overboard of course, but what else did you expect.) I coined my favorite tracks¬†for you with a (*). And let me tell you it’s nearly impossible to pick a Top 5, so I’m not even going to try.

*1. “Welcome To New York”

This is a strong starting song. It immediately makes you realize that this is a new Taylor Swift. And it mirrors a girl moving to New York or visiting New York and gaining new places, new surroundings,¬†new perspective¬†and new beginnings. Much like Taylor is going to experience with this album’s new direction. The sound is very sonic and galactic, I feel like it’s a heady out of body, in your body song. A range of feelings. For me I am going to have to *INSTANT FAV* this jam!

Lyric Choice:

It’s a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat, beat
Forevermore
The lights are so bright
But they never blind me, me
Welcome to New York
It’s been waiting for you
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York

******

Like any great love
It keeps you guessing
Like any real love
It’s ever changing
Like any true love
It drives you crazy
But you know you wouldn’t change Anything, anything, anything…

*2. “Blank Space”

Another *INSTANT FAV.* Lyrically I adore this song. I love how Taylor references her list of exes and how people assume because she’s fallen in love so many times that she somehow is this¬†insane girl. She addresses this but you also get the feeling of her unwavering respect for love and constantly being open to it. It’s a sexier, older Taylor.

Lyric Choice:

I could show you incredible things
Magic, madness, heaven, sin
Saw you there and I thought oh my god
Look at that face, you look like my next mistake
Love’s a game, wanna play

******

Grab your passport and my hand
I could make the bad guys good for a weekend

******

Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
But I got a blank space baby
And I’ll write your name

******

Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream

*3. “Style”

This song is not only a *Favorite* for me…(3 for 3 Taylor, I think I’m falling in love #AlbumOnRepeat) but this seems like what would be an instant hit on the radio. The chorus is perfect. She’s telling a story here about falling for the bad boys and knowing they won’t stay, knowing that this won’t end well, but allowing herself to be swept away. And just simply still going for it, whole heartedly. The feeling, the bad boys, the rush, the love however real or not real it may be…never goes out of style. It will always be this way. Boy meets Girl. Girl falls for Boy. Boy plays girl. It’s a vicious circle, and yet she doesn’t wanna break it.

Lyric Choice:

Cause You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back in every time.
Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style

You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt.
And I got that good girl fig and a tight little skirt,
And when we go crashing down, we come back in every time.
Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style.

Take me home
Just take me home
Just take me home

*4. “Out Of The Woods”

This song is spiritual, there is this tribal aspect to it, with the chant like background vocals,¬† and the chorus is so simple, yet so gorgeous. It speaks volumes. A troubled relationship, nearly hopeless, and yet there’s that hope at the end of the tunnel, holding onto it, there’s a chance, there’s a love still there, after everything it’s been put through. Just waiting for the heartache and pain to finally fall away, and then realizing, it isn’t all that bad.¬†Taylor released this prior to the album release and I fell in love with it, so yes I will *Favorite* this song as well.

Lyric Choice:

Remember when we couldn’t take the heat
I walked out, I said ‚ÄúI‚Äôm setting you free‚ÄĚ
But the monsters turned out to be just trees
When the sun came up
You were looking at me.

******

Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet, good.

5. “All You Had To Do Was Stay”

Beautiful lyrics, beautiful song, reminds me a little of the vibes of Taylor’s last album RED.

Lyric Choice:

People like you always want back the love they gave away
And people like me wanna believe you when you say you’ve changed
The more I think about it now
The less I know
All I know is that you drove us off the road

******

Then, why you had to go and lock me out when I let you in

******

Here you are now
Calling me up
But I don’t know what to say
I’ve been picking up the pieces of the mess you made
People like you always want back the love they pushed aside
But people like me are gone forever
When you say goodbye

******

You were all I wanted
But not like this

*6. “Shake It Off”TaylorSwiftGapad[1]

EPIC. An Anthem. The “Rap” breakdown¬†part…like what??? YASSS please, yessss. The video is a stroke of genius as well. Watch HERE. Calling out all the haters, all the critics, all the skeptics and making them bob their heads and dance along…turning them into fans. YOU KNOW it’s true, don’t even mess around.¬†The song is a¬†fantastic message, to all people telling them¬†to not care about what others think or say about you, shake it off and keep doing your thing. As the album’s first single, it serves¬†as a perfect introduction, the perfect depiction of the message Taylor Swift wants to convey to her fans. We are united, we are one. A *favorite* of course. I can’t hear this and NOT dance! It just gets into your veins and your arms immediately do the “shake it off” move from the video. Am I right??? Yes, yes I am.

Lyric Choice:

It’s like I got this music
In my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright
Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off

******

(the rap part)

Hey, hey, hey
Just think while you been getting down and out about the liars
And the dirty dirty cheats of the world
You could have been getting down to this sick beat

My ex man brought his new girlfriend
She’s like oh my god
But I’m just gonna shake
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won’t you come on over baby we could shake, shake

7. “I Wish You Would”

Taylor explains in her voice memo (Track 18) that this song is about how a guy thinks his ex girlfriend hates him. But she doesn’t, she’s still in love with him and wishes he would come back. This song also brings me back to the memories and messages from the RED album, the sounds are very different, but that raw emotion, is still evident. It’s something that Taylor does well, making her real to her fans, making her relatable.

Lyric Choice:

I Wish You Would come back
Wish I never had hung up the phone like I did
I Wish You know that I never forget you as long as I’m living
Wish you were right here, right now, it’s all good, I wish you¬†would

I wish you we could go back
And remember what we were fighting for
I wish you know that I miss too much to be mad anymore
Wish you were right here, right now, it’s all good, I wish you would

8. “Bad Blood”

A friendship gone south. I do really like this song. I think some times friendships end for a reason. And you are better off that way.¬† Some serious “Holla Back Girl”- Gwen Stefani vibes, and I dig it! And that high school cheer chant vibe rocks this chorus hardcore.

Lyric Choice:

Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look at what you’ve done
Cause baby now we got bad blood

Hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood
Hey!

Did you think we’d be fine?
Still got scars on my back from your knife

******

Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts

9. “Wildest Dreams”

Sexy. Breathy. It’s definitely more mature. She makes reference to a bit¬†of a¬†more sexual relationship, very timidly of course, but it’s there.¬†The idea of¬†wanting those memories to stay with him even if he only dreams of them, and they end up going their separate ways. She wants him to remember her well.

Lyric Choice:

He’s so tall, and handsome as hell
He’s so bad but he does it so well
I can see the end as it begins my one condition is

Say you’ll remember me
Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sun set babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams
Wildest dreams

******

I say no one has to know what we do
His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room
And his voice is a familiar sound, nothing lasts forever
But this is getting good now
He’s so tall, and handsome as hell
He’s so bad but he does it so well

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*10. “How You Get The Girl”

Word to the wise, Taylor’s giving you some advice…some perspective from the other side…listen up boys.¬† SUCH A GOOD TRACK! *Favorite.*

Lyric Choice:

Say it’s been a long six months
And you were too afraid to tell her what you want
And that’s how it works
It’s how you get the girl
And then you say

I want you for worse or for better
I would wait for ever and ever
Broke your heart, I’ll put it back together
I want you for ever and ever

And that’s how it works
It’s how you get the girl, girl, oh
And that’s how it works
It’s how you get the girl, girl

******

Remind her how it used to be, be
Yeah, yeah
With pictures in frames, of kisses on cheeks, cheeks
Tell her how you must’ve lost your mind
When you left her all alone
And never told her why
And that’s how it works
That’s how you lost the girl

11. “This Love”

Gorgeous. The harmonies in this are insane. The backup imagesES6MZZSKvocals along with Taylor in the chorus just make you feel like you are sitting in a cathedral or an opera house, listening to magic. It’s got an indie vibe to it, which I really love, and the synthesizer, drums, and guitar create a beautiful collaboration. I’m no musician, but I’m just a fan sharing my love for music, lyrics¬†and telling you what I hear and how it makes me feel.

Lyric Choice:

Been losing grip, oh, sinking ships
You showed up, just in time

******

This love left a permanent mark
This love is glowing in dark
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me

Your kiss, my cheek
I watched you leave
Your smile my ghost
I fell to my knees
And you’re young, just to run
Come better to watch me

*12. “I Know Places”

A *favorite.* It’s darker, sexier and as Taylor¬†said in¬†her voice memo (Track 17), it’s about people trying to ruin a couples love and the couple trying to escape that and hide.

Lyric Choice:

You stand with a hand on my waist line
Good to see that we’re out in plain side
I can hear them whisper as we pass by
It’s a bad sign, bad sign
Something happens when everybody finds out
See the vultures circling in dark cloud
Love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out

******

They take their shots, we’re bulletproof
I know places
And you know for me it’s always you
I know places
And you’re dead at night, your eyes so green
I know places
And I know for you it’s always me
I know places

Cause I, I know places we can hide

13. “Clean”

Overcoming heart break. A pure song. Love mirrors addiction here which I thought was a really cool metaphor. A video for this would open so many ideas for amazing imagery.

Lyric Choice:

You’re still all over me like I wine-stained dress I can’t wear anymore
Hung my head, as I lost the war, and the sky turn black like a perfect storm

Rain came pouring down when I was drowning
That’s when I could finally breathe
And that morning, gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean

******

10 months sober, I must admit
Just because you’re clean don’t mean you miss it
10 months older I won’t give in
Now that I’m clean I’m never gonna risk it

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14. “Wonderland” -Bonus Tracktaylor-swift-pants-2-1414175894[1]

Uses Alice in Wonderland as a metaphor for a doomed relationship.

Lyric Choice:

Flashing lights and we, took a wrong turn and we
Fell down the rabbit hole
You held on tight to me
Cause nothing’s as it seems
Spinning out of control

******

We found wonderland
You and I got lost in it
And we pretended it could last forever
We found wonderland
You and I got lost in it
And life was never worse but never better
In wonderland
In wonderland

So we went on our way
Too in love to think straight

******

Didn’t you call my fears with the cheshire cat’s smile
Didn’t it all seem new and exciting
I felt your arms twisting around me
It’s all fun and games ’til somebody loses their mind

*15. “You R In Love” -Bonus Track

A *favorite.* A song that basically sums up the reason why¬†Taylor Swift makes music; “You understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars And why I’ve spent my whole life trying to put it in words.” ¬†And why we all love her for it. A song about love and how it is everywhere, all around us, and it doesn’t take earth shattering actions to realize you love someone. Just by simply being with them and getting to know their heart. The tears may happen here, just warning you.

Lyric Choice:

You can hear it in the silence, silence
You can feel it on the way home, way home
You can see it with the lights out, lights out
You are in love, true love
You are in love

******

One night he wakes, strange look on his face
Pauses, then says, you’re my best friend
And you knew what it was, he is in love

******

You understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars
And why I’ve spent my whole life trying to put it in words

*16. “New Romantics” -Bonus Track

I actually feel like this song would be HUGE. I hear the chorus and the beat and I just see the public dancing like crazy for it. This song would be ridiculous on tour. I really love the name, love the concept, I just have a connection to it. I always call myself a hopeless romantic so I just get it.

Lyric Choice:

We cry tears
Of mascara in the bathroom
Honey life is just a classroom

Cause baby I could built a castle
Out of all the bricks they threw at me
And every day it’s like battle
But every night feels just like a dream
Baby we’re the new romantics
Come on, come on along with me
Heart break is the national anthem
We sing it properly
We are too busy dancing
To get knocked off our feet
Baby we’re the new romantics
The best people in life for free

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Voice memos of Taylor’s writing process. Each song happens differently, but here she gives you an inside look at the beginning stages of a few select songs. Literally recorded on her cell phone. This is something I feel no artist has ever done…I could be wrong…but whatever it’s still really cool!

17. I Know Places (Taylor on piano with vocals)

18. I Wish You Would (Writing to Track; Taylor singing to a Track produced by Jack Antonoff)

19. Blank Space (Taylor playing guitar with vocals in recording session with producers yelling out direction and extra vocals ideas)

This was the coolest idea ever. There¬†is something so amazing about hearing the raw tracks. It gives me chills to even get a glimpse into the work that was put into this album. I love music and I loved that Taylor was kind enough to share her writing process with us. She gave us her diaries and we will take good care of your words and your heart Taylor. Bow Down people, there’s a new Queen in town. Taylor Swift you are a BOSS, and a legend in the making. I curtsy before you.

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