Well Swift did. And in doing so, she put on a show better than anything she's ever done before. She did use the synthpop recordings and layering in her performances of the most poppy tracks, but in others, Swift was able to bring back some old instruments. In three songs throughout the roughly 2 and a half long show, she brought back the acoustic guitar, the instrument she used to depend on, but was rarely heard on the new record. Swift went electric with a rock version of her past No. 1 hit, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which honestly is the best way to manage anger: 45,000 teens and young women screaming at the top of their lungs about a stupid boy. Why pay a therapist when you can just curse out guys with Taylor Swift?
Musically, Swift does a different pop, as emphasized in this show. She has the throwback feel, but with modern roots. She has the synthesizers, but also the electric guitar. And most importantly she still has the lyrics. That is what brought her to stardom in the first place: the fact that so many young girls and women could connect to her songs. So even though Swift has changed the outside of her songs a bit, the root is still the same, and Swift is still the same person she was 10 years ago when she first landed a record label with Scott Borchetta. Just a bit more polished and less angry at the world now, and instead of no friends, having 50,000 of her closest friends selling out her shows every single night.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: "Clean," "You Are In Love (Acoustic)," "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Rock Version)," "All You Had To Do Was Stay"
SHOW RATING: 4 and a half crowns