Taylor Swift is the biggest name in the music world right now and even though she doesn’t produce the same dance moves as Britney Spears or Janet Jackson, she has far more credibility in the actual music talent department than these two — at least according to music critics. However, that doesn’t mean Taylor Swift isn’t going to stop trying to dance — after all, Britney Spears and Janet are still trying to sing despite the critics who say they can’t.
Taylor Swift is quite aware that she isn’t the greatest dancer in the world and, according to Vanity Fair, has even made a joke about her “mom croon.”
“To sway, perform, and sing along to a song in an extremely emotional or sentimental way, possibly incorporating hand gestures. Eyes closed, lost in the music. The way your mom gets taken away by a tune from her high school days, glass of red wine in hand, shuffling around the room as her teenage kids roll their eyes in disdain.”
Don’t feel too bad for Taylor Swift. Her 1989 World Tour has been getting excellent reviews. AZcentral thought Swift’s performance was the next step in her evolution and praised the fact she didn’t have to rely on nostalgia.
“It’s hard to imagine another major artist touring giant sports arenas with a set so squarely focused on the new while treating the songs and overall approach that put her in that venue in the first place like a high school yearbook.”
The review goes on to note that Swift can’t help feeling nostalgic at times, but she’s not about to let that past define her.
The College Times also appreciated Taylor Swift’s show.
“She let her pop sensibilities shine, completely writing off her previous tracks, except for ‘Love Song,’ which was reimagined into a dreamy pop standard…The show leaned heavily on 1989 from the get-go, starting with the album’s opening track, ‘Welcome to New York.'”
The review goes on to note that hits like “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood,” and “Shake It Off” dominated the set list and proved that Taylor has changed both personally and professionally. Both of the reviews mentioned were from Glendale, Arizona, where Swift played to 15,000 people — that’s incredibly small for her.
On the 1989 Tour, Swift has even outdone Madonna in terms of playing stadium dates; Swift has been able to book back-to back 60,000 seat stadium shows at the same venue in cities like Chicago and San Francisco. Taylor Swift will play Staples Center in Los Angeles this weekend.
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