Taylor Swift 1989… Taylor's Version review: Nine years on, these swooning ... trends now
Verdict: Pop masterpiece revamped
Her astonishing work ethic has been putting most other musicians on the planet to shame for years, and Taylor Swift continues to reign as the hardest working woman in pop.
Her Eras tour is set to become the most lucrative in history, its accompanying film is shattering box office records, and this year has already seen her re-record one of her early LPs with July's release of Speak Now (Taylor's Version).
Now she's returning with her second revamp of 2023 – a new, expanded version of her best-selling album, 1989, that is outselling the rest of the Top 40 combined as it heads to No.1. Named after the year she was born, and first released in October 2014, it was the record that sealed her move from country to pop.
It replaced Nashville banjos and tunes about high-school crushes with 1980s-style electronics and lyrics about more complex adult relationships. It also sent her career stratospheric.
Her astonishing work ethic has been putting most other musicians on the planet to shame for years, and Taylor Swift continues to reign as the hardest working woman in pop
Swift, 33, is re-recording her first six LPs in response to the sale of the master tapes – and the rights to her early catalogue – to music mogul Scooter Braun against her wishes.
In her bid to regain ownership, she's already revisited her formative albums Fearless, Red and Speak Now, skilfully replicating the original arrangements virtually note-for-note.
But 1989 is the jewel in her crown and, judging on its phenomenal sales to date, it hasn't disappointed her loyal