It’s time to talk about Reputation. The minute I got paid this morning I spent £11 pounds on Reputation and it was totally worth it. I grew out of liking Taylor Swift after it seemed like she was a very calculative person, but I have to admit I’m a hue fan of her music. It’s fun, entertaining, and it comes with subtle lyrics that actually make sense and have a deeper meaning. It seems like it was yesterday when I was guessing if Taylor’s Instagram picture is a snake or a dragon.
Reputation kept Taylor’s sound from 1989 but somehow enhanced the production value. I was expecting it to be petty and sounding similar to Look What You Made Me Do, but the entire album is extremely cohesive and I really enjoyed the production value. Everything is basically an @ to Joe and as much as people hate Taylor for writing about her past relationships, she’s definitely not the only one that does it. Why is it okay for male musicians to write about their girls and it’s considered romantic, but it’s not okay for Taylor? But enough about that, let’s get on with the review!
…Ready For It?
We all heard this before, but I honestly lost my sh*t when I heard it play as the first song of the album. It gets you pumped and I’m totally here for it. It sets the tone of the entire album and the video is mindblowing with hidden meanings from Taylor’s love life. Not to mention the marketing side of putting three dots on the title means the song will be displayed as first when you put music in alphabetical order. I stan forever.
End Game (feat. Ed Sheeran & Future)
This one connects to the “….Ready For It.” It’s not my favorite but I’m here for the features. It somehow reminds me of Pyramid with Iyaz and Charice.
I Did Something Bad
“I never trust a narcissist, but they love me” was an interesting way to start this one off. Here for Taylor swearing. The suspense before the chorus is amazing and the actual chorus is OFF THE CHAIN. “This is how the world works, you gotta leave before you get left” was also a powerful message. The more I listen to it, the more obsessed I am with the chorus.
Don’t Blame Me
The minute I heard the first half of Don’t Blame Me, I sent a message to my friend and ranted how this should be a Demi song but Taylor made it work for her. “I’ve been breaking hearts for a long time” – gurl. This is the one all contemporary dance teachers will want to choreograph to. I also think it beautifully shows off her lower register, something I never thought Taylor’s capable of doing. The chorus is amazing, it feels like a Hozier song.
Delicate is one of my favorites. It’s got a dance element to it and it’s the one I’ll listen to when I want to chill. It’s clear she’s trying to reach a bigger and maybe older demographic. This also feels like an upgraded 1989 song. The lyrics aren’t all that but they definitely work when combined with production. “Do the girls back home touch you like I do.”
Look What You Made Me Do
Still not over this song but kind of over it at the same time. This should either be the first or the last song on the album.
So It Goes…
If three dots in a title become a new thing……….. Not my fave at all but it comes with a unique sound you can definitely chill with.
My top 5 Taylor Swift song I jam out to regularly.
This one was a huge surprise to me as normally ‘car’ titles are all very generic when it comes to lyrics and all pretty much say the same thing. I lost it when “X marks the spot when we fell apart” beat started. Chorus is very much suitable for 1989 but I absolutely adore it. “Because us traitors never win.” Easily my number 1 song off this album.
King of My Heart
This feels like a Fifth Harmony song. Again, took me by surprise when the beat dropped after the first few verses. Will grow on me.
Dancing With Our Hands Tied
Don’t like the title. I like the fast beat, but not my fave. It feels like a generic Taylor Swift song.
Bookmark me, this will be a soundtrack for whatever 50 Shades Of Grey movie will come out next.
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Ah, relatable Taylor. My fave. This is like an upgrade to the sound of We Are Never Getting Back Together with the added Kanye shade. “But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately if only you weren’t so shady” ASDAFAFDSADFASFA If it wasn’t for the phone call line this could also be about Camila Cabello and several other girls from her squad that aren’t currently speaking to her at this time.
Call It What You Want
I hate the “I’m the one he’s walking to” part. Like you couldn’t say that using different words at all? Would get on board with this song if it had different lyrics. Sorry 🙁
New Year’s Day
Interesting choice of the last song. This is a coffee shop playlist song but it honestly doesn’t do much for me. Look What You Made Me Do should’ve been the final song. EDIT: I love this song, nevermind.