The long-awaited 1989 (Taylor’s Version) dropped at midnight on Oct. 27, and it’s an understatement to say that Swifties were prepared to get lost in the “Wonderland” (see what I did there?) that is the 1989 era all over again. Unsurprisingly, most of the album exceeded all of our “Wildest Dreams,” but some of the re-recorded tracks have Swifties divided — especially when it comes to Jack Antonoff and “Style (Taylor’s Version).”
In the past few years, Swift’s crusade to regain her power and voice — and soon, her reputation and name (IYKYK) — has sent the world into a new age. In almost every season since 2021, she’s released new, re-recorded versions of her old discography; only now, self-owned and produced.
In addition to the re-recorded 2014 classics, Taylor has gifted us with five vault tracks, all of which are the stuff of (sub)urban legends, literally. But the internet seems to be split on the quintessential early-2010 hit, “Style,” and it’s all bad blood between the Swifties and Jack Antonoff — but he isn’t exactly to blame. Turns out, Jack Antonoff didn’t produce “Style (TV).” Christopher Rowe did.
christopher rowe watching everyone blame jack antonoff for style tv pic.twitter.com/qfjtoMVoSQ
— willlllllll (@willyesitsme) October 27, 2023
There seems to be a growing distaste for Jack Atonoff’s contributions to recent pop releases: After Taylor’s latest release of the Midnights album in 2022, Swifties flocked to X (formerly Twitter) to express their dislike for the sound of the album.
jack antonoff dulls the edges of every pop star he produces and must be stopped
— jillkrajewski.bsky.social (@JillKrajewski) October 21, 2022
The primary complaints revolved around the idea that his production style homogenizes and “dulls” artists’ sound. While most branded him the anti-hero, Antonoff’s work has produced some of Swift’s fan favorites like the Folklore and Evermore albums.
But, the biggest irony yet is that Jack Antonoff only produced the re-records he originally collaborated on, and “Style” wasn’t one of them. In fact, another one of Swift’s longtime collaborators Christopher Rowe produced the re-recorded track, according to Genius.
STYLE (TAYLOR’S VERSION) DOESN’T HIT THE SAME 😭 pic.twitter.com/hZkBPcYoJm
— stephen (@StephenOssola) October 27, 2023
when you can tell a song was produced by jack antonoff (derogatory) https://t.co/DCmpqqORRh
— gia (@miseryinthealps) October 27, 2023
Ok so what now? I love and respect Taylor so it’s Taylor’s Versions only for me but I feel like Jack Antonoff burned my favorite hoodie. I want the old version of Style back. #1989TaylorsVersion
— chicagojewlz (@Chicagojewlz) October 27, 2023
Even with these criticisms, though, Swifties recognize that the evolution, the sound quality, and the vocal maturity make 1989 (Taylor’s Version) exactly what it was meant to be: her own.
‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ has received a perfect score of 100 from Rolling Stone, labeling it an “instant classic.” pic.twitter.com/67m2g98XAI
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 27, 2023
— Taylor Swift 📮 statistics ⸆⸉ (@TSstatistics) October 27, 2023
— Kenny (@kenny_chukz) October 27, 2023
Don’t bring that “I don’t like this, her vocals sound different” mess around here. ✋🏻 1989 finally belongs to mother, and she’s made it her own. @taylorswift13 #1989TaylorsVersion pic.twitter.com/Lr8m1f3ewi
— ✨THE ERAS TOUR TICKETS✨ (taylor’s version) (@erastourticketz) October 27, 2023
By morning, gone was any trace of the original album; TV made us clean! Taylor said it best: It’s a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat, beat forevermorе.