2023 belongs to Taylor Swift. There is no debate on the subject. Officially the biggest artist in the world, she has gone from heady height to heady height over the last eight months. There’s the Eras Tour becoming a cultural phenomenon in all corners of the world. Then her song “Cruel Summer” having such a buzz behind it, it has become a single on Top 40 Radio four years on from its release. Basically, she is unstoppable right now. And then there’s the small matter of her continuing her (Taylor’s Version) project. The re-recording all of her old albums as a means of owning them. July saw the release of the new version of 2010‘s Speak Now. But now, in quick succession, we are going to be stepping into another era.
It’s 1989 time, baby!
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1989 was released in 2014, Taylor’s 5th full-length album. A record that saw her dive headfirst into synth-pop, leaving behind her country roots as a whole for the first time, it is one of the finest pop albums of the decade. Textually lush with wide-eyed intent and cheeky attitude stitched into the seams, it’s a warm Summer day in audio form. Romantically boundless and refreshingly candid, it was Taylor at the height of her powers and the start of her next chapter of becoming immortal.
And Taylor’s Version of the album is going to be released on October 27. She announced it on stage at the final night of her stint at LA’s SoFi Stadium, and the final night of this stretch of the Eras Tour, no less. Alongside the standard tracklisting and bonus tracks that originally appeared, there will also be 5 “From The Vault” tracks as an extra bonus treat.
Taylor Swift took to her socials to build upon the excitement:
“Surprise!! The 1989 album changed my life in countless ways, and it fills me with such excitement to announce that my version of it will be out October 27th. To be perfectly honest, this is my most FAVORITE re-record I’ve ever done because the 5 From The Vault tracks are so insane. I can’t believe they were ever left behind. But not for long!”