A Former Swiftie’s Take on reputation
On September 19th, 2014, I came face to face with pop sensation Taylor Swift. During my peak years as a diehard “swiftie,” I ran an Instagram fan page for her, which eventually allowed me to meet her. She was performing at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas a month before the release of her album 1989. Her fluorescent two-piece outfit and flashy smile made me burst into tears, and when I actually spoke to her, I nearly fainted. But that was over three years ago.
This year, Taylor Swift had everyone impatiently waiting for the release of her sixth album, reputation, after dropping the single “Look What You Made Me Do,” on August 24.
Swift, previously known for her country music, has now become almost completely pop-centered. Her first three singles of reputation were utter examples of this shift, as well as the majority of the songs on the album.
As a former Swiftie, I have to admit that I was looking forward to the release of this album, just to see what she had decided to do and what people would think of this decision.
Beginning with “Look What You Made Me Do,” Swift produced some controversy surrounding her song topics. Many accused her of being ignorant and petty in her lyrics because the song targets Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, whom she got into a small altercation with, instead of focusing on the current events taking place in America and around the world.
The song also sparked up some resentment from former fans because many hoped that she would return to writing country music, but Taylor outrightly dismissed this idea with a sardonic line in the song:
“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now”
“Oh, ’cause she’s dead!”
This upset me a bit, but I understand and respect her decision to become a full-fledged popstar, even though she’s not the same person I obsessed over just a couple of years ago.
“Look What You Made Me Do,” along with her second single, “…Ready For It?” didn’t exactly get my hopes up for the album. Both have shockingly obtuse messages and are very heavy-sounding, but the next two singles were slightly better.
“Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want” were definitely better both in terms of the topic and the music itself. They both have catchy melodies and easy-to-learn lyrics, part of what makes Taylor’s music so lovable.
As for the album itself, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the songs. Songs like “I Did Something Bad” and “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” are also small-minded and, in my opinion, just not good songs melodically, but there are some that I listened to on repeat.
“Don’t Blame Me” is a great, gospel-sounding song that reminds me of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.” The chorus, which repeats many, many times, is exceptionally catchy, and the beat is pounding, but in a fitting and, I think, good way.
The last song on the album, “New Year’s Day,” is a must-listen. The first time I heard it, I was taken back to my swiftie era because it sounds just like her old music. Not necessarily country, but along the lines of the album Red.
Although I would have to disagree with Taylor’s first two single choices, I understand that they brought attention and excitement to the release of her album, which I think was far better overall.
As for concerts, reputation tour dates were announced just a few days ago, though tickets will not officially go on sale for a while. For the past few months, fans have been completing tasks on https://tickets.taylorswift.com/ to have priority in the ticket-buying process, so there will be windows of presale for these fans to purchase the best tickets they can get. Although registration is now closed, others will be able to purchase tickets after presale has finished. For Packer students looking to attend a concert, there will be two in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 20th and 21st of 2018.