You’ve probably noticed from my movie reviews that I don’t review things in a typical way. I don’t go on and on about the cinematography or the editing (unless it’s terrible, a’ la Suicide Squad. The Australian guy just left and then came back with no explanation). I just talk about what I like and what I don’t. In the case of Taylor Swift, it’s increasingly more the latter than the former, especially when it comes to her newest album, Reputation.
I like a lot of Taylor’s old music (Yes, we’re on a first name basis because typing “Taylor Swift” over and over again looks awkward). I have a least one song from each of her CDs, except for Red because I just couldn’t stand most of those songs. Maybe it’s because I’m not 22, or maybe it’s the speak-singing in “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” which sounds more like a parody of a Taylor Swift song than an actual song, OR more likely it’s this terrible lyric in “I Knew You Were Trouble”:
And the saddest fear comes creeping in
That you never loved me or her, or anyone, or anything, yeah.
Apparently, there’s no chance that the relationship didn’t work out because sometimes relationships end. It must be that this guy is incapable of love. Sure, why not.
That lack of self awareness carries over into Reputation. It’s like Taylor is incapable of thinking, “Hey. Maybe I’M the problem,” and I don’t know why, because she’s the common denominator in all these feuds and bad relationships. Name someone else Tom Hiddleston has dated. You can’t, because he doesn’t publicize his relationships. Taylor does, though.
I just wonder, does Taylor know how she comes across? She clearly knows what people say, as evidenced by the end of the “Look What You Made Me Do” video. She acknowledges that people think that she plays the victim, but she doesn’t acknowledge it’s true. It’s like when an interviewer asked Taylor about “Blank Space” (which is an AMAZING song, by the way), and she said that she wrote it according to how she’d act if she really was the person that people think she is in relationships. More and more though, she IS that person.
I’m not saying Taylor shouldn’t get into relationships, or even that she shouldn’t have feuds with people. However, she could at least acknowledge that she’s part of the problem. She claimed that Kanye West didn’t tell her about the music video and then she changed her story.
In between her breakup with Tom Hiddleston and Reputation’s release, Taylor deleted all her social media. She also claims that the old Taylor is dead in LWYMMD, which is odd, because the new Taylor seems exactly like the old Taylor.
This post is a lot longer than I wanted it to be, but I also have to mention another problem with the songs on Reputation. I like music that lets me put myself into the story, or lets me create a story. My Instalyrics Instagram is full of songs I relate to for one of those reasons. I can’t relate to any song on Reputation because they’re so clearly about Taylor, and some are attacking the listener. “Look what you made me do.” Oh, did I make you write a terrible song? If so, I’m very sorry.
Even though I really can’t stand LWYMMD, it’s not even my least favourite song on Reputation. That honour goes to Getaway Car. It’s about how Taylor used Tom Hiddleston because she wanted a reason to break up with Calvin Harris. According to Taylor, Tom should have known better than to think Taylor actually liked him. I don’t understand who Taylor’s trying to appeal to with that. Why would I want to listen to a song about how Taylor manipulated someone? Is the idea that we’re supposed to support that, because I don’t.
If Taylor really wants to change her reputation, she should release songs that acknowledge her part in these situations. She did this once for “Back to December,” so I think she could do it again. As for Taylor’s assertion that she doesn’t like the role we made her play, I’m just going to quote The Key of Awesome’s LWYMMD Song Rant: “I’m sorry, didn’t you cast this entire thing?”