Photo credit: Republic Records
Release Date: 10/27/23
Label: Republic Records
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Say what you want about Taylor Swift but she is doing the dang thing.
Exactly 9 years to the day of its original release Taylor Allison Swift has reclaimed her fourth studio album ‘1989’ after the master recordings were sold from under her. We won’t bore you with the specifics.
We won’t “review” the established album because this has been well documented and publicized. We’ll talk about the five brand new vault songs!
“Slut!” I can usually establish my ‘favorite song’ based off of song titles, before the decoded track list was revealed (and the fandom insisting it was ‘Lust’ and not ‘Slut’) we established what it was, and my oh my. This song was an early favorite even before it’s release. Upon first listen I am insistent that the song incorporates a sample, but that is neither here nor there. I give the song an 8.5/10.
Say Don’t Go I didn’t have high hopes for this but it is surprisingly a refreshing song, though not my favorite. I can understand why this was left off of the 2014 album. At the same time, the cowrite with Diane Warren is not something I knew I needed. Over all I’m going to have to give the song a 8/10.
Now That We Don’t Talk I have so many feelings about this song. It is currently trending on TikTok, and we love a good trending moment. It’s probably one of the highlights from the vault songs to date, it is also the shortest Taylor Swift song ever! We’re gonna rate it a solid 9/10.
Suburban Legends I’m not going to lie, I kind of hate this title, but, I also hate the song equally. I understand why this wasn’t on the album, it doesn’t fit, I could see this on ‘Speak Now’, but this isn’t it. We’re gonna give this a 3/10.
Is It Over Yet? This song is actually slated to take the #1 spot from ‘Cruel Summer’, marking her 3rd number one of 2023. It is also being released to pop radio (something she seemingly died following our reaction to the vault tracks. This is such a strong song with fantastic lyrics “Fast forward to 300 awkward blind dates later…” and “you dreamed of my mouth before it called you a lying traitor”. Words only Taylor Swift could compose… we give this a 10/10.
Overall I would say that “The Vault” songs from 1989 are the strongest from her series of “Vault Songs”. Certainly recommend, the album is slated to be #1 in the upcoming tracking week, selling well over 1.2 million copies.