New Romantics

Album: 1989 (2014)
Charted: 46
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  • 1989 marks Taylor adopting a more mature mindset and approach towards love as she moves from the fairy tale romanticism of her first four albums to a more carefree outlook on matters of the heart. "We are too busy dancing to get knocked off our feet," she sings here: "Baby we're the new romantics. The best people in life are free."
  • Taylor explained her attitude towards dating and relationships during an interview with Cosmopolitan. "People will say, let me set you up with someone, and I'm just sitting there saying, 'That's not what I'm doing. I'm not lonely; I'm not looking,'" she said. "They just don't get it. I've learnt that just because someone is cute and wants to date you, that's not a reason to sacrifice your independence and allow everyone to say whatever they want about you. I'm not doing that anymore."

    "It'd take someone really special for me to undergo the circumstances I have to go through to experience a date," Taylor added. "I don't know how I would ever have another person in my world trying to have a relationship with me, or a family.
  • New Romanticism was a pop culture movement in the United Kingdom during the early '80s in which both men and women wore make-up and dressed in flamboyant clothes. Boy George, the androgynous frontman of Culture Club was typical of the genre. This song's sound resembles the new wave music that the New Romantic acts performed.

    Taylor told Rolling Stone that she set out to make "blatant Pop music" for 1989 that was heavily influenced by the '80s. "It was a very experimental time in Pop music," Taylor said of the decade. "People realized songs didn't have to be this standard drums-guitar-bass-whatever. We can make a song with synths and a drum pad. We can do group vocals the entire song. We can do so many different things. And I think what you saw happening with music was also happening in our culture, where people were just wearing whatever crazy colors they wanted to, because why not? There just seemed to be this energy about endless opportunities, endless possibilities, endless ways you could live your life. And so with this record, I thought, 'There are no rules to this. I don't need to use the same musicians I've used, or the same band, or the same producers, or the same formula. I can make whatever record I want.'"
  • The final song on the deluxe edition of 1989, this carries on Taylor's habit of ending an album on a high note. Closing tracks "Our Song," "Change," "Long Live" and "Begin Again" are all positive tunes.
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