My Thoughts on 1989

Hello everybody! Today, since I am very much still in my Swiftie feels since Lover was released so recently, you’re getting a different music post than I’d originally planned- which is about 1989. Onto the post!


<!–more–>

Welcome to New York- this love letter to New York is such a great choice for opener. It sets up what the album will be sonically really well, and it’s got great production and melody. And in typical me fashion, I’m very into the clapping. Also, the bridge of this is SERIOUSLY underrated,

Blank Space– if you don’t love Blank Space, I’m sorry but I do not understand. I think the whole “Taylor Swift is a jealous lunatic who tortures all her boyfriends and scares them away” thing is ridiculous, sexist and completely unfair, so when I first heard this I was initially very confused, till I worked out that she meant it to be a satirical takedown of this idea of her. The lyrics are so amazing, Max Martin and Shellback are ridiculously talented at prodcution and the whole thing is just so much FUN- it came on when I was in Waterstones the other day and I started mouthing along whilst being at the till, and even did some of the actions Taylor does when she performs it (very subtly, so I don’t think the bookseller noticed!). Hands down one of her best songs EVER.

Style- oh, this song. It’s about an on/off relationship, and it’s SO GOOD. It’s another super catchy one and the lyrics give a very vivid idea of the relationship, but the things I love most about it are the vocals (especially the backing vocals) and the music itself- the guitar sounds amazing and I’m very into the keyboard at the prechorus. And of course, this is 1989, so the synths are pretty superb as well.

Out of the Woods- I find this song so frustrating, which is perhaps apt given it focuses on a doomed relationship. I love the lyrics and her vocals are sublime, but the production is a bit too busy to let you really notice it. I highly recommend the acoustic Grammy Museum version.

All You Had to Do Was Stay– If the story that the high-pitched stay in the chorus came to Taylor in a dream is true, I wouldn’t be at all surprised, because something that perfect surely wasn’t thought of in some mundane way. The song is basically her telling off an ex who abandoned her (I suspect Harry Styles, personally), and I’m in love with it- I know a lot of people hate it on the basis that it’s a bit less vulnerable than track 5 usually is, but it’s a really excellent song so I don’t hold a grudge. The production is flawless, the multilayering of the vocals sounds SO good and the lyrics are simple but effective.

Shake it Off– honestly, I think this song gets a lot of unfair critcism. Is it her lyrical masterpiece? No. Is it exceptionally fun and catchy? Yes. Both qualities you need in your lead single, making this the perfect choice for it! I always want to sing along, and I think it’s a pretty excellent pop song tbh.

I Wish You Would– this sounds like it’s very likely about the same person that All You Had to Do Was Stay is, but in this one she misses him and is willing to forgive him. I really like the drums and guitar in this, and I think the verses are fab, but I’m not quite so keen on the chorus (though I don’t hate it). The repetition of ‘I wish I’ before the bridge sounds gorgeous, and there are some standout turns of phrase.

Bad Blood– I used to think of this as the big black spot on this album, but I’m actually really surprised listening this time. Bloody hell, those verses are so good, and I know it’s an unpopular bridge. The chorus is still grating, but I don’t think I’ll be skipping this anymore. Also, stellar vocals. This was such a nice surprise!!

Wildest Dreams– I first heard this on the radio, for some reason, and I knew immediately it was Taylor Swift and that I loved it a great deal. I think this is another Harry Styles one, quite possibly, but I kind of prefer the music video storyline, so that’s how I think of it, and it’s a clever concept executed in a really excellent way. My favourite thing about it is the heartbeat in the backing track, but the vocals are a close second. Also, I know everyone looks at Reputation as the album where she started aiming at sultry with some love songs, but personally I think this is the best one in that vein she’s ever written. The way she BREATHES in the chorus is heavenly.

How You Get the Girl- this is basically the sequel to All You Had to Do Was Stay, which actually tells him how to make amends. And the picture painted here is so convincing and romantic, you’d probably take him back even though he’s been so absolutely rubbish. It’s an unconventional love story with great vocals and a pretty melody, and it ges this girl every time.

This Love- yeah, I kind of wish this one had stayed a poem. I can’t believe it made the album when the bonus tracks are as good as they are. I like the chorus vocals and guitars, but it’s a real weak spot for this album.

I Know Places- this is one of the most underrated Taylor Swift songs. It uses hunting as a metaphor for the scrunity of a celebrity relationship. I’m obsessed with the high notes, and the production is perfection to the point I can’t BELIEVE she’s not worked with Ryan Tedder for more than just this and Welcome to New York.

Clean- this is an exceptional ballad, and it’s a very cleansing song, as is the intention. The vocal and simple synths make it very chill, Imogen Heap’s backing vocals are gorgeous and it’s stunning in terms of the lyrics and how they all tie into each other.

Wonderland- this song uses Alice in Wonderland as a metaphor for a toxic relationship, and it’s surprisingly effective. Very clever lyrics and bouncy production that uses lots of gimmicks to great effect make this a lot more fun than most songs in this vein, and the pre-choruses alone mean this should be on the actual album. The “ay ay” thing gets annoying after a while, but otherwise I’m super into it.

You Are in Love- this is a gorgeous ballad about the love story of Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff. It obviously didn’t end all that well, but the song still stands up well. The gentle instrumental goes really well with the lyrics, and it’s just a really beautiful story. I LOVE the singsong vocals in the chorus so much too.

New Romantics– I will NEVER not be salty this isn’t on the standard edition of the album; I actually think it should have been a proper single, because it captures the vibe of the album so well. It’s one of my favourite Taylor Swift songs ever, and it’s just everything. It’s about a lot of different things, and very hard to explain, but it’s so catchy and clever and all somehow fits together


Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What is your favourite song from 1989? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Thoughts on Lover

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about Taylor Swift’ s new album Lover, which I’ve been super excited about since LONG before it even started being teased. It marks a return to light after the darkness of Reputation, and I really enjoyed listening to it and seeing what a different place she’s in. Onto the post!


Continue reading “My Thoughts on Lover”

The Song Request Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Song Request Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Rosie! Onto the post!


Rules:

  • Thank and link back to tagger.
  • Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to tagger’s song requests!
  • After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
  • Request 3 songs of your own!
  • Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that you think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people!

Rosie’ s requests were:

Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift– as Rosie said in her post, this is definitely a song that makes you think of villains, and my pick for it is the Beetle trilogy by MG Leonard. Lucretia Cutter is a fascinating villain in that while she’s an absolutely terrible person, she genuinely does believe she’s the hero of this story; that other people have driven her to the actions she takes.

Cooler than Me by Mike Posner– this definitely reminds me of Tell Me How You Really Feel at the beginning, when Sana and Rachel still can’t stand each other! They both think the other looks down on them, and the book is about them learning that’s not the case at ALL.

Angels by the XX- I don’t actually like the Fault in Our Stars that much (though I do like the film, because I like the cast a lot!), but when I heard the lyrics for this they just fit so well with that book, I think.


I’m going to leave these open for anyone who’d like to take up this tag rather than tagging specific people. My song requests are:

Lover by Taylor Swift– this reminds me a lot of the Flatshare, because so much of the song is about them living together and the unique Flatshare situation Tiffy and Leon are in form the book’s premise.

Wonderwall by Oasis– I’ve picked this because no one really knows what it’s about, given Noel Gallagher’s changing stories when he’s asked, so it’d be interesting to see how different other people’s ideas are to mine. I quite like the imaginary friend interpretation, and that’s why I’m picking Crenshaw. I cried so much when I read that, and I don’t think I’ll ever have the nerve to reread it. It’s just so beautiful.

If You’re Over Me by Years and Years– I think this is very like Happy Girl Lucky, because that features an emotionally abusive relationship where someone sends super mixed messages and so does this song! They also both have super happy, ubeat feelings to them despite their subject matter.


Do you agree with the book’s I’ve chosen for those songs? Are you a fan of any of the books or songs I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Thoughts on Day and Age

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about Day and Age, the Killers’ 3rd album, which is probably the one I’ve had the most mixed feelings on from them so far. Onto the post!


Continue reading “My Thoughts on Day and Age”

Five Books That Remind Me of The Killers Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing another books that remind me of songs post, and this time it’s the turn of the Killers, who I’ve been VERY into lately, as you’ve probably guessed from the posts I’ve been doing about them! Onto the post!


Continue reading “Five Books That Remind Me of The Killers Songs”

My Thoughts on Sam’s Town

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all my thoughts on the Killers’ sophomore album Sam’s Town, because I’ve been listening to the Killers a lot recently and I’m very into them at the moment. Onto the post!


Continue reading “My Thoughts on Sam’s Town”

My Thoughts on Hot Fuss

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be discussing my thoughts on Hot Fuss, despite the fact it’s now 15 years old and not as recent as all the other albums I’ve talked about in this feature.


I’ve always quite liked the Killers in a casual way (I was surprised by how much I knew already when I listened fully actually!) and so I’m not sure why I finally decided to listen to the full album now, but it was an experience and just a couple of songs in I knew I wanted to do a full post on it because I have SO many thoughts. Onto the post!


Continue reading “My Thoughts on Hot Fuss”

Five Books That Remind Me of George Ezra Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing a post about two of my very favourite things in the world- George Ezra and books, and specifically books that remind me of George Ezra songs. This was a little bit trickier than previous similar posts since George has less albums and also because I imagine full plots for almost all his songs in my head (can someone please reassure me that isn’t weird?), but I’m really pleased with what I came up with and it gave me a very good excuse to listen to him in the name of research. Anyway, onto the post!


The Flatshare– I could have picked just about any romance for Paradise, because it is about the feeling of love rather than a super specific love story, but I’ve went for this because of my favourite line in the whole thing, which if you’ve been paying very close attention you might know “I know you’ve heard it from those other boys, but this time it’s real, it’s something that I feel” and I think that fits Tiffy and Leon in a really beautiful way, because her ex was emotionally abusive and falling for Leon is so different for her. It’s a gorgeous book, and it deserves a link to such a gorgeous song in my mind.

Beautiful Broken Things/Fierce Fragile Hearts– I love Suzanne from these books, and I think Breakaway is perfect for her- my understanding of that song is that it’s about someone escaping an abusive situation, which is exactly what my beloved Suze is doing when we first meet her. The books are just amazing, and Breakway is one of the most underrated songs in existence. It makes me want to hug whoever it’s about just as much as I want to hug Suze as well!

Soulmates– this is the debut novel of Holly Bourne, who is now a well-deserved queen of YA, and I really enjoyed it. It reminds me of the Beautiful Dream not only because I interpret that song as being about finding a soulmate, but also because of one line that asks if the grass of Eden is overrated- aka is finding your soulmate overrated? Both the song and the book are brilliant. Also, can we talk for a second about how George Ezra’s girlfriend features on this and no one seems to have noticed?

The Curses– I can’t tell you a great deal about this book because you’ll enjoy it more if you go in as blind as a newborn kitten (read the Graces first though, or you’ll be confused out of your mind), but it has the same dark sense of humour and some similar themes to Did You Hear the Rain?, which always makes me laugh when I hear it now because it’s not a song people who only know George Ezra from radio would expect from him, I’m pretty sure.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon-this is another one I can’t really tell you much about without spoiling it all, but it has huge themes of time passing, much like Cassy O (contrary to popular belief, it’s about time, NOT a girl). The song has some of George’s best writing, and the book is my favourite Christopher Edge to date.


What’s your favourite George Ezra song? Are there any books that remind you of one, and what do you think of my choices? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Thoughts on Blue Neighbourhood

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all my thoughts on Blue Neighbourhood, which is the debut album from one of my fave Aussie celeb Troye Sivan (I say this like I have a plethora of fave Aussies to choose from. There’s about 3 I love, the other two of which are James Mackay and Maddison Brown, both of Dynasty fame). Now that I’ve successfully made myself sound quite mad, onto the post!


Continue reading “My Thoughts on Blue Neighbourhood”

Five Books That Remind Me of Panic! At the Disco Songs

Hello everybody! Last month, I did a post about books that remind me of Taylor Swift songs to celebrate the release of what turned out to be her new single Me!.

I had a lot of fun writing that post, so I decided I wanted to do something similar. Given that Panic! At the Disco also has an extensive back catalogue to choose from and their frontman Brendon Urie featured on Me!, they seemed the natural next choice. Onto the post!


Continue reading “Five Books That Remind Me of Panic! At the Disco Songs”