Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift’s got you talking today. Reputation is officially on the market, and while we all wish we had nothing else to do but listen to the album on repeat, real life and adulthood tend to interfere with out obsessions.
Still, I have taken some time out of my very busy day to compile a quick list for everyone, so that when you do take the time to listen to Reputation, you’ll know which songs to pay special attention to. But, be warned, I will not be speculating about which of Taylor’s exes each song is about, because that’s completely irrelevant. We’re here for the music, not the gossip.
“New Year’s Day”
Sure, the old Taylor may be dead, but this song is the closest thing we get to pre-Reputation Swift, and we are so here for it. “New Year’s Day” is a sweet, romantic song that will have you wishing for a warm body to curl up with in the new year. The song could be taken straight out of Red, which is, as we all agree, the best Taylor Swift album. It might have just been my affinity for her ballads …
Memorable Lyrics: Please don’t ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
“I Did Something Bad”
While “Look What You Made Me Do” was the first of the new-Taylor era, this songs seems a lot darker and poignant. “LWYMMD” was full of petty accusation with shade being thrown left and right, but “I Did Something Bad” is absolutely unapologetic. This is a more confident Taylor, and she is ready to go to war.
Memorable Lyrics: I can feel the flames on my skin/ Crimson red paint on my lips/ If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing/ I don’t regret it one bit, ’cause he had it coming
“Call It What You Want”
If we wanted the best of both worlds, this song would be it. It features the confidence that Taylor delivers in spades in tracks like “LWMMD” or “… Ready for It”, but it combines a more mature view on life with the beauty of falling and being in love. There’s no more “White Horses” or Romeo and Juliet fantasies, but they have never been real anyway. Reality is better.
Memorable Lyrics: I recall late November, holding my breath/ Slowly I said, “You don’t need to save me/ But would you run away with me?”
“Don’t Blame Me”
This song could, and should be featured on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sometime in the future, because not only would it be a perfect companion to Rebecca’s antics, it’s also simply really good. Sure, it glamorizes romantic obsession a bit too much, but we were all young and in love once.
Memorable Lyrics: And baby, for you, I would fall from grace/ Just to touch your face
“King Of My Heart”
If there is one song on this album that screams Taylor Swift, it is “King of My Hear”t. Fans of Taylor’s earlier music will agree that the lyrics, while more mature, are exactly what you’d expect – and that’s a wonderful, comforting thing. “King of My Heart” is a classic love song with a modern twist to it. Now, if it wasn’t for the auto-tune, this song would be much higher on the list. Maybe we can arrange for an acoustic version?
Memorable Lyrics: Late in the night, the city’s asleep/ Your love is a secret I’m hoping, dreaming, dying to keep/ Change my priorities/ The taste of your lips is my idea of luxury
Reputation is different – but we knew it would be. It’s not the guitar-wielding Taylor we fell in love with once upon a time, but it’s also not pop-princess, “Shake It Off” Taylor. Every album seems to mark another step towards adulthood for Swift. We can’t help but want to come along for the trip. It will be filled with songs about love and loss and, this time around, about intrigue.
This album is certainly a lot darker, and a lot sexier, and a lot more mature. It explores the very real question of how to create an identity when every media outlet, and every person paints you in a different colour.
Reputation is not Taylor at her best (that would be “All Too Well”), and we could certainly do without the auto-tune that seems to haunt most songs like a ghost from the early 2010s, but the record does not disappoint. Catchy melodies, and easily-memorized but heart-felt lyrics make Reputation a pop-lover’s dream.