Today is the day Taylor Swift fans around the globe lose their collective minds.
After the longest 3 years of our lives, Taylor decided to finally grace us with new music and she did not disappoint.
When she said “the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now” and “because she’s dead,” what she forgot to mention is that the old Taylor’s eloquent song writing is still very much alive.
The only “Taylor” that is dead is the persona of a perfect “good girl.”
reputation (she purposely did not capitalize the “r” because this is a new Taylor) is the most cohesive album she has ever made. Yes, this includes her massively successful album, 1989.
Every song on reputation flows into one another but with enough differences to say each song is different.
We already know 4 of the songs from the album, “Look What You Made Me Do,” “…Ready For It?,” “Gorgeous,” and “Call It What You Want.”
Each of those songs were completely different in their own mind, but blended perfectly as stand alone pop records.
“LWYMMD” was by far the most polarizing song on Taylor’s discography. If you didn’t love it, you hated it and many people, including Swifties said they hoped this wasn’t the cohesive sound of reputation.
Lucky for them, it wasn’t.
“…Ready For It” really hyped up the album as almost Taylor’s way of saying, “are you ready for this? It’s not what you think.” And each song since has been a nod that a new Taylor is here and she’s being unapologetically herself.
“Gorgeous” dropped third and people instantly pinned the song to be about her rumored boyfriend, actor, Joe Alwyn. There are some fan theories that it’s actually about model friend, Karlie Kloss, but that’s a bit more far-fetched. This was the song that reminded people Taylor Swift is still Taylor Swift.
Then came one of my favorite songs of reputation, “Call It What You Want.” Lyrically the strongest song of the 4 pre-releases. Again, Joe Alwyn reference?
Then, on November 10th, Swifties around the globe jammed out in their bedrooms at midnight when the full album came out and fans got the rest of the 15 songs they had been waiting for.
Songs like “Getaway Car” remind you that she was in the studio with Jack Antonoff or “I Did Something Bad” a true Max Martin produced track with heavy bass and lots of EDM influences in the background.
Of course there’s the surprise track of “End Game” a collaboration with Future and Ed Sheeran that is sure to get airplay on hip-hop and R&B radio stations.
However, one of the records that surprised me the most was “Dress.” This song has the lyric, “only bought this dress so you could take it off.” Clearly eluding to a romantic night.
As a matter of fact, a few songs on this record talk about bedroom activities including, “Call It What You Want” where she builds forts under the sheets with her lover.
She also addresses her “bad reputation” in a number of songs and talks about how she’s “not a bad girl but would do bad things with you.”
This must be the new Taylor. The one who isn’t afraid to talk about her adult life. Shedding those fairytale stories for realistic romance.
Taylor may have taken 3 years to make this album. (1989 was released in Fall of 2014) and her typical fashion of a new album every two years was broken with reputation but it was worth the wait.
Be on the look out for “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.” That’s my favorite on the record. 🙂
I’m gonna give reputation 5 out of 5 snakes because Taylor has taken the narrative people wrote for her, flipped it, and told her story with said narrative and THAT is why reputation could sell 2 million copies in a week.