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GIRL NEXT DOOR NO MORE

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By Keith Harris

ay goodbye to the sweet Southerner that

hit like this without choosing a team. "Back to

was Taylor Swift – that mantra was so

December" debuted two years later, suggesting

2006. The new Taylor is edgy, bold and

that Taylor could have a successful future full of

unapologetic. She said it herself, “This is a new

swooping adult contemporary string sections if

year. A new beginning. And things will change.”

that's what she wanted. Swift didn't just want

A lady can make a solid career for herself in

to cross over — she wanted to dominate. So she

Nashville by writing songs about parking in a

teamed with Swedish megapop kingpin Max

Chevy truck on a back country road with some

Martin to loop a clipped acoustic guitar strum

good ol' hunk. But from her “This is a new year. A behind an army of sassy taunts start in 2006, Taylor Swift's easy new beginning. And in her 2012 hit “We Are Never mastery of such contemporary

things will change.”

country tropes suggested she'd – Taylor Swift

Ever Getting Back Together.” Her first Number One hit was

quickly feel limited by the genre. Soon the

almost like a breakup song to country music —

slight twang in her voice would be as distant a

though, of course, they can still be friends. Like

memory as the high school boyfriend she sings

a relationship rebound, “Shake It Off” rocketed

about in her first single. Swift's first pop smash

to Number One in 2014, distilling decades

in 2008, ”Love Story,” lived a double life: The

of cheerleader pop and marching band rock.

original version targeted a country audience

This goofball jam makes "We Are Never Ever

with acoustic instrumentation, while the mix

Getting Back Together" sound as down-home

for mainstream pop listeners accentuated

as Bill Monroe. From sweet to sass, Swift’s

electric guitars. A sly balancing act, but you

transformation might just earn her the Queen

had to wonder how long Swift could switch-

of Pop crown she's been eyeing for so long. Continued on page 13

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