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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

A few of my favorite movies of this month are shown in this image. I had to limit myself to only two Andy Samberg movies, otherwise the graphic looks more like a memorial.
Movie a Day: January
Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

I know, another movie review article...

Echo is a short TV series about a deaf Native American assassin who tasks herself to discover the secret behind her extraordinary ancestral gifts, while trying to fall her uncle’s empire in the process. Graphic by Cason Johnson
Sight of Sound
Cason Johnson, Reporter • February 16, 2024

I was lazily scrolling through...

Pictured above is the crafting club social media page that junior Makena Filippoff and sophomore James Morris-Hodges created. The crafting club was created to allow students to have an opportunity to learn how to create different kinds of crafts and to collaborate with other students interested in crafting. “I love to do crafts but I find myself feeling lonely when doing crafts,” Filippoff said. “With no one to share my ideas or experiences with, it can get boring. I wanted to get a group of people that have an interest in learning [and] doing crafts to be able to have fun and socialize while crafting.”
Photo used with permission from Makena Filippoff
Sewing and Social Hour
Julia Seiden, Reporter • February 16, 2024

The sound of scissors snipping,...

“1989” Never Goes Out Of Style

Review of 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
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Julia Seiden
Pictured above is the aquamarine green “1989 Taylor’s Version” CD. To promote her rerecording, Swift created different colors of the same CD to provide a variety of variants to choose from. “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” is an experience to listen to and compare to the original sounds of 2014. Photo by Julia Seiden, Album cover produced by Republic Records.

When I was eight years old and before I had my own phone or computer, I would watch YouTube videos on my dad’s computer. When he wasn’t working, I would spend hours and hours there watching all sorts of music videos or toy reviews. I used to love putting his big headphones on and jamming out to Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. My absolute favorite song that really got me into Swift’s music was “Out Of The Woods” for sure. I used to love watching the music video of her running out of the woods on loop, and just listening to her repeat “are we out of the woods yet” over and over again is what really got me through some of those difficult times that I struggled with throughout my childhood.  

Whenever new music is released, I tend to rank albums completely different than when I listen to that same music a month later. With the release of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” a little over a month ago, the album has had time to sink in and I feel like I’ve had some time to really reflect on the new rerecording of one of my favorite albums of all time.

Taylor Swift is currently underway in the process of rerecording her first six albums, already having rerecorded four. The reason she’s rerecording her albums is because when she first started making her music, she got signed onto a record label known as Big Machine Records, where she was able to create pop sensations such as “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space”. When her contract with this label ended, she shifted over to Universal’s Republic Records. According to Time, the reason she decided to switch over is because Big Machine Records sold to a corporation owned by Scooter Braun, who then sold her original music to another company, resulting in him receiving the profits from the streams of the original albums. Swift’s goal is to own and control her own music that she created, hence the phrase “Taylor’s Version”.

In 2014, Swift released her album titled “1989” (named after her birth year), with 1.2 million copies sold in the first week according to The Washington Post. This album was her first big shift into the pop music industry, where she created masterpieces such as “Shake It Off” and “Bad Blood”. Now in 2023, she has rerecorded this album as “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”, and has outsold the original with over 1.3 million copies sold in the first week, according to Rolling Stone

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One of the reasons I decided to review this album (besides being a massive “Swiftie”) is because of the fact that I grew up with its music. I was 8 years old when it first came out in 2014, and I would say that this album really transformed me into the Swiftie that I am today. I would hear it all over the radio and everyone was always talking about it. Now that she’s rerecorded it nine years later, I was very excited to get to listen to it and compare it to my childhood memories.

The first song on the album is “Welcome to New York (Taylor’s Version).” I had always loved the original of this song and its “big city” vibe, and I used to have it on repeat when I would travel to New York. My first impression after listening to Taylor’s Version was that her voice sounded the same but the production sounded a little different. Now, after a month of listening to the song, I can definitely hear a difference in her voice, which sounds a lot more mature.

Another song that I definitely noticed a major difference in was “Style (Taylor’s Version).” I would argue that the original version of the song is the epitome of pop music, with a beat that just makes you want to dance. My first impression of this song was that it sounded vastly different from the original. I felt like her voice was really good, of course, but the production of the song

was very weird and did not have the same “vibe” as the original version. I think now, after a month, I would say that the song is amazing and that all it took was a little bit of time to get used to it.

“Shake It Off (Taylor’s Version)” was definitely a song that I was curious about hearing the difference in, since the original was such a popular song. I definitely prefer this new version a whole lot more because it sounds less “annoying” than the first and I could really hear how her voice had matured. I also felt like it sounded really similar to how she sounded live, which I thought was really nice.

Jumping ahead to “New Romantics (Taylor’s Version)”, this was probably the song I was most excited about because the original was my favorite off of the album. When I first heard the new version, I was completely speechless and honestly in tears because it sounded so good. I later saw some complaints on social media about how different this song’s chorus sounded, and at first it took me a little time to get over it, but now I would say that it’s my number one song off of this album (again).

In addition to the 16 rerecorded songs, Swift also released five songs known as “vault tracks”. Vault tracks are songs that were originally written for the album but didn’t end up making it on. So when listening to the new version, I also got to hear five brand new songs.

The first vault track that really got my attention was “Say Don’t Go” because of her low register at the beginning of the song, leading into a higher one. I really love this song because of the lyrics and how it’s another example of Swift’s songs having sad lyrics, but a beat that makes you want to dance. I was definitely blown away by this whole song on my first listen and it’s definitely still one of my favorites.

The last song that I would say is really notable (even though they all are) is definitely “Is It Over Now?” The noises at the beginning of this song completely caught me off guard on my first listen because they reminded me of how her songs from “Midnights” sound. This song is definitely my favorite vault track and probably my second favorite song off of this album because it left me speechless. The lyrical references to a… certain someone had me shocked, and the bridge of this song is absolutely phenomenal. I feel like this song was an incredible way to end this album and I can’t believe this had just been out there for so long without anyone getting to hear it.

Overall, “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” was definitely an experience to listen to and compare to the original. I’m really not sure if I can say if I like this better than the original, because I don’t think anything can compare to the sounds of my childhood. But at the same time, getting to hear her voice mature, better production on the songs, and new vault tracks really make it harder to decide on which one I prefer. Instead I’ll just give it a ranking…

13/13!

 

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About the Contributors
Julia Seiden, Reporter
Julia is a junior and first year reporter. In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and listening to music. She enjoys getting to write about people’s lives and telling a good story for everyone to enjoy. She wants to be a photojournalist and wants to travel and explore the world. She is super excited to be writing for The Wolfpack this school year.
Caroline Howard, Reporter
Caroline is a senior and a first year reporter. In addition to being a staff member for the Wolfpack, she is involved in many clubs around CPHS, with her main focus being Timberwolves for the Environment and Spanish Honor Society in which she holds officer positions. She enjoys learning and writing all about people's different perspectives. She hopes to attend the University of Washington next fall to major in Nursing. Some fun facts about Caroline include: her goldendoodle named Luna, her Dr. Pepper addiction, and her love for all music, her favorites being Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. 

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