Taylor Swift's fifth album and first fully pop record was co produced by hitmaker Max Martin and is gunning for a platinum debut week. But is it worth the hype?
Welcome to New York: A lovely album opener, built on a sea of flashing synths. Swift wasn't kidding when she said 1989 was straight pop, and by New York's path, it seems to be the right move. A-
Blank Space: Passive aggressive shots at her detractors - "they'll tell you I'm insane" - play over a Lorde's Tennis Court inspired beat. A qucik mood change from the predecessor, but a welcome one. Some single potential lies around here. A-