I don’t mind the beach photo, certainly better than the main cover.
To be fair, I do see it as kind of both? Originally, 1989 was a trust fund girly moves to the big city album for me but somewhere along the way, and I don't know where, it also kind of turned into like, Upstate Coast Album as well? The vibe of the rerecording visuals doesn't feel that far off to me, though I do see what you mean. Maybe it's what she originally wanted to do with more of the album art? I do agree that she's forcing a bit too much of the Upper Class Coast vibe onto it when it should be more Upper East Side.I don’t get why she’s trying to retcon 1989 into a Hamptons/Rhode Island album when it’s never been that. It’s a New York City album.
Not this drip drip of variants to come.
The new cover is kinda serving Coney Island / adjacent to water vibes, which is good when these were the best photos of the era:The album always gave me urbanism, not the beach. If she really only did a beach theme because of the seagulls on her sweatshirt... photoshop her onto the XCX World Tower.
The original 1989 era DID have beach/Hamptons visuals and vibes, especially in the videos. I think it's less of her retconning and more of her leaning into this side of it, which I'm also not a fan of for the record. I just wish the photos were better...
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