For three long years, Taylor Swift fans awaited a new album, and what they got exceeded their expectations. Released on November 10, 2017, “reputation”, had fans #shooketh. A new sound, a new message, and a new Taylor. . There are three major messages in “reputation”; new love, new confidence, and most importantly, T-Swift’s reputation. But don’t have the time or money to listen to the album. Fear not, here are the highlights.
New love and explaining her past wrapped up within “Delicate”. The first few lines address that her stature is at an all time low, yet her new lover doesn’t seem to mind, meaning this love could be 100% real. “This ain’t for the best/My reputation’s never been worse, so/You must like me for me…”. Soft, delicate beats percuss throughout the song as well as beautiful synthetic harmonies in the pre-chorus. The song has a teenage tone, when she repeats her questions about reciprocated love. “ Is it cool that I said all that?/Is it chill that you’re in my head?/’Cause I know that it’s delicate (delicate)/Is it cool that I said all that?/Is it too soon to do this yet?/’Cause I know that it’s delicate”. The constant repetition conveys a new and young love soon to blossom.
“Don’t Blame Me”
For the longest time Taylor Swift was America’s sweetheart. She wrote sappy love songs, wore sparkly dresses, and no one expected her new album to be different. With “Don’t Blame Me” her sound shifts into a modern rock-pop. Swift’s lyrics hint how the media portrays her relationships, but she turns false headlines into a hit song.
“This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
If you pay attention to any media, you know about Swift and Kanye West’s ongoing feud. The song drives lyrics home on this media and Kanye dis track. In the first verse and pre-chorus, Swift talks about her extravagant parties she would throw back in 2015. During those times, the media often criticized her for having a “squad” when in reality, it was a group of friends having fun. This criticism resulted in Taylor going under the radar for a whole year, to come back with her rebuttal to the media’s analytical eye.
The Kanye dis is located in the second verse. In West’s song “Famous” he asked Swift if he could use her in his lyrics over the phone, but West did not expel the entire lyrics Swift would be used for. The lyrics in the second verse clearly states how Taylor felt during this situation, “And therein lies the issue/Friends don’t try to trick you/Get you on the phone and mind-twist you”. In general, Taylor swift claps-back at her anti-fans, and tries to make a new reputation for herself.
Personal Mention: “New Year’s Day”
Simplistic songs are my absolute favorite, and “New Year’s Day” makes my heart swell. It’s calm, refreshing, and genuinely filled with love. Taylor Swift states her idea behind the song in a special session for select fans explaining, “We threw a big New Year’s Eve party in London this year, and I was thinking about how everybody talks and thinks about who you kiss at midnight. Like it’s this big romantic idea of like, ‘Who are you gonna kiss at midnight, like ring in the New Year.’ And I think that is very romantic. But I think there’s something even more romantic about who’s gonna deal with you on New Year’s Day. Who’s willing to give you Advil and clean up the house. I think that states more of a permanence.” This romantic ideology gives the song a new meaning, and makes listeners wish for a New Year’s Day relationship.