What Will Be On Taylor Swift’s 4th Album?? – EDITORIAL #3

UPDATE: Taylor has released the title and first single off of her first album: READ MORE

More news has surfaced recently giving us more clues into Taylor Swift’s mysterious fourth album.

The first bit is about the release. As stated in a previous article, Taylor Talk co-host, Belle, covered an event for us in which Scott Borchetta appeared at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to discuss Taylor, his own career, and Big Machine Records. He revealed the release date of Taylor’s next album will be sometime in October of this year.

The next bit is far more intriguing. The talk about Taylor’s appearance for the “Ethel” premiere at the Sundance Film Festival has spread around the Swifty community, as have the pictures featuring her with members of the Kennedy Family. [See them in our gallery] What hasn’t spread quite as quickly is what was disclosed in an interview with Rory Kennedy conducted by ABC’s Peter Travers. During “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Kennedy revealed that Taylor had in fact written a song about the Kennedy family!!! (Source: ABC News)

This leads me to believe that maybe, just MAYBE, my previous analyses were wrong. In past editorials, I’ve speculated as to whether or not Taylor was writing about a recent heartbreak. Discussing the tracks on her new album, Taylor stated, “They’re sad, if I’m being honest.” However, she also discussed in several interviews, including a hilarious interview with Ellen, that she is not in a relationship, nor is she seeking one. The odds of a secret relationship are slim. Taylor could never hide something like that from the public’s eye, which makes her most recent relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal.

So WHAT are these sad songs about?? Let’s review some of the facts:
1) The songs are sad.
2) They are very different from her previous work.

My new guess is… drumroll please… that Taylor’s next album will include songs with historical themes. It all fits. We know Taylor’s music is very personal to her, and an interview with Rolling Stone from August 2011, she shows us her passion for history:

  • “I just read a 900-page book called The Kennedy Women, which dates back to the lineage of the first Kennedys coming from Ireland in the 1800s,” Swift says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on sale tomorrow. “This morning I bought books about John Adams, Lincoln’s Cabinet, the Founding Fathers and Ellis Island.”
  • “During downtime from her tour she even attempted to visit the New York Historical Society. ‘But it was closed,’ she says. ‘I almost cried.’ Instead, she went to the Museum of Natural History. ‘We saw the dinosaurs and stuff,’ she says. ‘Which was a close second.’”
  • “She’s also become very interested in music from the past. ‘I’ve been obsessed with Fifties and Sixties music, like the Shirelles and the Beach Boys,’ she says. ‘Like ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ – if I ever had a wedding, I’d walk down the aisle to that song.’”

The Kennedy family has been victim of notoriously bad luck filled with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, as well as his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a drug overdose by David Kennedy and the fatal skiing accident of Michael Kennedy, among other tragedies.

Perhaps when Taylor says “They’re sad, if I’m being honest,” she is referring to a topic her music has never touched on before: death.

Now on a cheerier note, let’s address the musical styles. We know the songs will be different; different in theme, but perhaps also different in musical styles. Referring again to the Rolling Stone article, Taylor has become a big fan of 50′s and 60′s music including the Shirelles and Beach Boys. Being a big fan of the Beach Boys myself, I am hoping to see some style similar to theirs. Anyone familiar with Paul McCartney’s work after The Beatles will be able to see how heavily “Dear John” sampled from McCartney’s “Band on the Run.” She’s sampled from past artists before, so why not do it again?

Let’s just say, if Taylor’s next album is of a historical theme, she’ll be doing Grant proud!!!

Past Coverage Of Taylor’s Fourth Album:
What Is Taylor Swift’s Fourth Album Going To Be About?
Perhaps Another Hint Towards Taylor Swift’s Fourth Album?
Taylor Swift Reveals She’s Already Recorded 25 Songs For Her Fourth Album

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ifwejustbelieve Belle

    Well written Adam :) and you know how much I’m looking forward to this album :-D

  • jen

    This is exactly what I was thinking…. Nice editorial….

    • Adam

      Thanks!

  • Brian

    If Taylor is going to change her style of music I vote for 70′s classic rock. She already did Tom Petty’s American Girl. I think Taylor would be great doing that kind of rock. Of course whatever it is I’ll be buying it.

  • PLD

    Not completly disagreeing but Taylor specifically said that this album was about a massive heartbreak in an interview

    • Adam

      Right. Please don’t misinterpret what I’ve said as that being all the album is about. I just think history and death may be a theme we see on the album. Not the ONLY theme, necessarily though.