Let me get this out of the way. I love Taylor Swift. Not because she’s a fantastic songwriter or because she’s the most hipster artist out there. But because I can listen to her music, relate to it, and dance my ass off to it. It’s ear candy and I fully understand that. There are plenty of issues with T Sweezy that I have (i.e. cultural appropriation, lack of perceived awareness of POC women, etc) but for all intents and purposes, the woman knows what she’s doing. And I can respect that.
Her new album Reputation is amazing. I love it. And I’m only mildly ashamed. But I love it for different reasons than I did previous songs of hers. Reputation is the first album of Swift’s that I could listen to throughout without vomiting once or twice. This album seems more mature, and much more aware of what it takes to be an adult today. With all its nuances and such.
T. Swift turns her reputation on its head and she runs with it. With this song list, she seems to know exactly how everybody thinks of her. ANd she doesn’t care. And I love it. Absolutely love it.
I get that Taylor Swift has her issues. And her music isn’t necessarily mind-blowing or life-altering. But it’s calculating and it’s to the point. She knows what she’s doing, she’s in control, and I love it. She’s a guilty pleasure, for sure. I’m not sure which song is my favourite but Ed Sheeran & Future make an appearance on the second track and weirdly, it works well.
Listen to this album. Even if it’s solely for the fact of judging her new music. It’s so different than her previous work. And it stands out in her repertoire.