I know, I know I seem pretty late to the party here. For those of you who aren’t aware, which is probably everyone, I’m a pretty big Taylor Swift guy. I started in college when one of my friends turned me on to her and I was instantly attracted to the beauty in both her physical appearance and musical stylings. Since those days, my fanboy-ness has decreased immensely but I still buy every album (gotta support the artists, ya know) and usually buy the Target Exclusive version due to my innate sense of FOMO.

Well anyway, I’m not sure why (perhaps because I’m a 28 year old man now) but I’ve gotten more self-conscious about going into Target and buying the album. I usually just say to myself “If someone asks, just tell them it’s for your niece” which up until about 2 years ago, I didn’t even have and now that I do, what 2 year old listens to Taylor Swift? That, combined with the fact that the Target Exclusive version didn’t have any extra songs, just a bunch of posters and shit, made me buy the album online this time around. Oh and I didn’t get around to buying it until like the middle of December even though it came out at the beginning of November…like I said, I’m not as hardcore as I used to be.

In any case, I’m going to give my thoughts on “Reputation” as well as some of the top/bottom songs.

Overall, I actually really like this album. After “Look What You Made Me Do” hit the radio, I thought this album was going to suck. I hated that song and switched the radio every time it came on. It tried too hard to be edgy and vengeful and then she said the Old Taylor was dead (RIP in peace) and that made me sad. But after going through each song about a million times, I found that I liked almost every song on the album, even the “diss track” ones.

Top 5:

5. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

This is obviously a Kanye/Kim song and while I was initially out on any and all of those songs, this one pops. Not to mention calling someone “darling” and “honey” in a condescending way is probably one of the most disrespectful things you could possibly do.

4. Don’t Blame Me

The first time I heard this song, I loved it. It’s got like an old almost R&B feel to it which is a lot different than her normal stuff. Not so much a pop jam, but definitely a good song all around.

3. End Game

This one is on the radio and you’ve probably heard it/are tired of it, but I love it. Again, a departure from Taylor’s usual stuff with the rap/hip hop feel but then the hook and the chorus just get you every time. And just the ensemble of people–sure Ed Sheeran is nothing new, but Future?! How does Taylor Swift go about getting Future on a track with her and the Ginger Sensation? Great song.

2. Getaway Car

I initially didn’t really pay much attention to this song but the more and I more I looped through the album, the more I kept saying, “damn I really like this song.” Hell, even going through what my top 5 would be, I wasn’t sure if this would even make it/where it would be but here we are at number 2. Kind of a cool story-telling song with a great analogy to a heist, which gives me an Ocean’s 11 kind of feel. Oh and it BANGS which is obviously great.

1 . Gorgeous

What a song. It’s the Old Taylor. You thought she was dead? HA! What a sucker you are. From the first note, you could tell that this was a Red/1989 Taylor song and I love every minute of it. It’s very poppy but also just has some weird like synth instrument or something (I could be totally off on that) which just makes it a very playful and fun song. I could listen to it on repeat and never tire of it.

Honorable Mentions:

King of My Heart–just a great jam and so #romantic

Dress–how can you not love the line “only bought this dress so you could take it off”? #nice

Bottom 3:

3. Dancing With Our Hands Tied

I just didn’t feel this one. It seems kind of monotonous with the beat and it just doesn’t bang like the rest of them.

2. New Year’s Day

Not a huge fan. Some people are saying its like the “Clean” or “Long Live” of this album and I have to disagree. For one, the piano sounds like Keyboard Cat is playing it.

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It’s just like dissonant or something and I can’t get over it. Plus, I always think she’s going to rhyme the “I want your midnights” with the next line but then it’s just “I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day” and I’m let down 100 times out of 100.

1. Look What You Made Me Do

Awful. I hate this song. I actually skipped it every single trip through the album. Maybe I have radio fatigue from it but I’m pretty sure I hated it the first time I listened to it. It just sounds petty and that she tries too hard. Plus, don’t you EVER threaten Old Taylor because she is the best Taylor.

Alright so there you go. Probably didn’t think you were going to get a Taylor Swift album review on this site when you woke up this morning, but I’m a jack of all trades. When it comes to blogging, you never know what I’m going to put out there. The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma.

If you haven’t listened to the album because you think it’s lame or you don’t want your cool, manly friends finding out or whatever the reason, I highly suggest you go on YouTube and give a few songs a go. You won’t regret it.

P.S. I HATE the album cover, which is really a shame. But as they say, “don’t judge an album by its cover even if it looks like the person is a wet dog.”

@WCS_Junior

 

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