This was legitimately one of the toughest drafts we've done. Even though Taylor's catalog is dynamic and offers something for almost anyone, it's still a more limited pool than, say, the entirety of music released in the year 2000. Additionally, each of her albums hecking rips, so leaving songs on the bleachers was going to be tough.
But what is her legacy? Would she make a female punk Mount Rushmore? How about a female pop Mount Rushmore?
Though you may never see her face photo shopped next to the likes of Joan Jett or Janet Jackson in a visual representation of the previous paragraph, Avril has put together quite the career.
It's been a week since Taylor Swift released her new album. Like with any new record, opinions can change by the minute during those first dozen listens.
Taking a step back after weeks of listening to read all the lyrics, straight through without music, I began to admire this EP even more. As a concept album, every song is an extension of the last, unveiling another part of the story. Each song contains a call back, lyrically, to the previous song, and I felt it allowed me to connect much deeper with the songs.
This record created my production philosophy. The entire premise for the project was to give Julien a record that was her. By letting Julien be Julien and not trying to get her to be anybody else we got a record that is an accurate representation of her soul.
I don’t really do any tricks. I try to keep the arrangements as simple as possible. I’ll have a different guitar sound for the choruses. Probably layered with some extra guitars, leads and arpeggios, but I don’t do any stereo widening plugin tricks or anything. That always sounds weird and distracting to me. Ya depending on how sparse the verses are, I might pan the verse guitars in a bit if I feel like there is a hole in the middle.