Swift Switch - 08/19/14

     So, no big surprise here.  Taylor Swift announced yesterday she's kissing country good bye for a while. 
   The 24 year old Hendersonville star is getting ready to release her first full length pop album in October.  All pop... all the time. 
    The album title is 1989, named after her birth year. 
    To some... she never was country.  To others... this is a big loss for the genre. 
    The two main complaints you've heard from critics and fans since she hit the scene in 2006 is 'she's not country enough' or that 'she can't sing.' 
    Well, the songstress has come of age and she's no longer going to ride the fence.  She's doing it her way, sink or swim.  She made $64 million this year, so if the all pop venture backfires, she's got a little pad to keep her afloat. ha ha   
    My buddy, Brian Mansfield with USA Today said it best when he wrote, "Swift's message seems to be 'Hate me all you want ... but you're missing all the fun.' It's a total swerve musically, however, with horn-blast grooves grounded in early '60s proto-soul and girl-group pop, plus a spoken-word breakdown that would come off as awkward if it weren't so knowingly funny."   Well said.
     So, what do you think?  Is she turning her back on us (Nashville) or finally being more true to herself?

 

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