Day 6 of my week with Taylor Swift and today its Shake it Off.
Let me begin with saying that I absolutely love this song. I actually chose it as my single of the week back in September 2014 because I thought it was fab - you can see my single review here.
Shake it Off is full on energy, feel good, pop perfection. Taylor looks great in this video and is clearly having some fun herself. She's dressed in various costumes throughout, including a ballerina, cheerleader, gym kit, street wear and just casual black legging and T combo. In each guise, bopping about like a happy little thing singing her heart out.
Its very bright and very all American, especially the Blondie-esque rap bit in the middle, but its a great song. Her voice sounds brilliant.
Now I don't think I fully realised when it first came out that it was in fact Taylor's way of giving her haters the flick. The lyrics she uses "I stay out too late, got nothing in my brain, that's what people say" and then "I go on too many dates, but I can't make them stay, that's what people say". What better way of getting back at those "people"!
This single was released in August 2014. Its taken from her fifth studio album 1989 also released in 2014.
This track is not the usual Taylor output - its not even reference to her country roots its pure pop, and all the more brilliant for it. Clearly, she's experimenting with a different sound, and leaving her past behind her, maybe for good, maybe not. Its good that she's not letting herself be pigeon holed or stereotyped.
Shake it Off reached number 2 in the UK singles chart. I'm quite surprised it didn't make the number 1 spot, but still a huge hit. Very catchy and hard not to dance to, this is a great single from Taylor.
You can check out previous Day 1-5 of my week with Taylor Swift and all my single of the week choices and more music stuff at My Music page by clicking here . Happy listening :)