CURRENT: Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Just when it seemed Taylor Swift couldn’t go more pop than she did on juggernaut Red singles “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” and “22”, she outdoes herself on the recently released “Shake It Off”, produced by Swift alongside Max Martin and Shellback. The verses feature a boisterous horn section, recalling TNGHT’s “R U Ready”, which was itself sampled on Kanye West’s masterful “Blood on the Leaves”. Swift dipped her toes in pop music sounds with her last outing, and her newest appears set to be her biggest departure from “Tim McGraw” yet. Crucially, it sounds like the direction she wants to take; as captain of the ship, Swift is poised for another successful journey around the globe.

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