We Miss Twangy Taylor Swift

We Miss Twangy Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has given us many things — thinly veiled songs about famous exes, important lessons in awkward posing, and enough Instagram kitty photos to make her the world's most famous crazy cat lady. And, most importantly, Taylor's also given us some of the greatest guilty pleasure songs in country pop music history.

But now, Swift is releasing a new album — entitled 1989 in honor of the year she was born — that she's called her "first documented official pop album." That's right, there are no slide guitars or cowboy boots to be found anywhere on the singer's new album, which is set to be released on October 27.

During a Yahoo! live stream on Monday, Swift debuted the album's first single, "Shake It Off," and it's most definitely pop-tastic (hit-maker Max Martin helped write and produce the tune). The girl who once sang about teardrops on her guitar and knows how to pluck a banjo, even kinda sorta RAPS on the song (prepare your ears, it happens around the 2:30 mark).

Swift has done full-on pop songs before, and yeah, "Shake It Off," is a pretty catchy slice of radio-friendly fun. But we can't help missing the dear old Twangy Taylor of yesteryear. She's a pop superstar now, but the girl who sang "Tim McGraw" and "Our Song" was pretty cool too, and she wrote songs that were perfect to belt out while driving or dancing alone on your room.

What do you think? Are you digging the sound of "Shake It Off," or are you also mourning the official end of Taylor's country music days? Cast your vote below, then hit the comments with your thoughts!
Poll: Do you like Taylor Swift better as a pop or country singer?
Click to vote:
  • Pop — bring on the hits!
  • Country — bring back the twang!
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