Taylor Swift Leaves Country In The "Woods" With New Song

Just before the stoke of midnight, a new song off Taylor Swift's forthcoming album, 1989, surfaced on iTunes. It quickly rose to number one, sending her first single "Shake It Off" to second place. It's a hard-knock life.
"Out Of The Woods," like Swift's previous number one smash, is decidedly more poppy than anything she's put out before. ("I Knew You Were Trouble" can't hold a candle to this '80s synth production.) And, it's good. It's really good. It's another sugary-sweet earworm that's probably (definitely) about Harry Styles, a relationship she describes as one "where you never feel like you're standing on solid ground."
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Relationship drama aside, though, "Out Of The Woods" lives up to the sonic switch Swift's 1989 hype machine has been promoting. Unlike Lady Gaga, who used pop as a launching pad to make the music she truly wanted to make (read: jazz, maybe), Swift is using it as a means of self-actualizing. She's traded her country roots for pre-recorded productions that simply require some verses and a hook to spin over them. Whether this will reveal who Taylor Swift truly is will be proved come October 27 when 1989 drops. Until then, enjoy the grade-A formulaic chorus. You'll be repeating it for days on end. (Just Jared)