Review: Taylor Swift – ‘Wildest Dreams’

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While imitating Lana Del Rey, Swift injects a new style to her repertoire as she perfectly infuses the sadness of a break-up with the hopes and belief that she has left her mark with the sensual ballad.

On the 5th August Taylor Swift announced via Twitter that the fifth single to be taken off her record-breaking 1989 album would be fan favourite ‘Wildest Dreams’.

Following in the footsteps of ‘Shake It Off’, ‘Blank Space’, ‘Style’ and ‘Bad Blood’, the passionate ballad is set to a more calm tone, with its dream-like and soothing qualities, similar to those of Lana Del Rey and Paloma Faith with its whispered lyrics and captivating chorus. The breatheless and sensual tones featuring on the ballad are new for Swift who is usually extremely upbeat even though she is most likely singing about a break-up.

The record, featuring a recording of Swift’s own heartbeat, tells the story of a romantic yet dramatic relationship that has come to its end but with Swift wanting to leave a lasting impression on her partner. The record does this with the use of powerful lyrics that suggests from the beginning she could see the relationship not lasting: “I can see the end as it begins, my one condition is, Say you’ll remember me”.

The ballad reminisces Swift’s earlier country days which saw the release of romance ballads that really hit home such as ‘Teardrop on my Guitar’ and ‘Dear John’. Consequently, the ballad injects a new tone to Swift’s album and adds a layer of complexity that is needed in the mostly pop album.

‘Wildest Dreams’ is out now via Big Machine.

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