Are you ready for this? Taylor Swift released her sixth album titled reputation on Nov. 10.
Swift has remained in hiding for a while now, an attempt to escape after the mega-drama that often surrounds her life. It’s clear that in her time hiding from the spotlight, she had some time of self reflection.
Swift has been beaten down by the haters, and for the past year it seems like she has had a difficult time shaking them off. In her new album, reputation she takes control of her image and in true Swift style she creates a satire that is smarter than anything the media has said about her.
Her opening single was Look What You Made Me Do, which featured a snake image as part of promotion. This first single made me prejudge her new record, however, the rest of reputation is not like LWYMMD at all.
The first time listening through reputation, the obvious stand-outs were I Did Something Bad and New Year’s Day.
Swift has made her career off her ability to be honest and open her world up to everyone else. For years she has given a voice to many people, but reputation is the most real she’s ever been.
Her past records, while beautiful have often been censored and have made listeners go into a fairytale world. Reputation is about her unfiltered life. It’s filled with difficult situations, mistakes are made, and she has fears.
The last song of the album, New Year’s Day, is about the hours after the ball drops, the parties end and everyone’s gone.
The song is about who stays with you to clean up after the mess, after the glamour and about who is still standing by your side.
In Swift’s life, that man is Joe Alwyn. Their secret romance is the inspiration for most of the songs on the album, and most aren’t songs aren’t about a breakup or a tragic end to a love affair. They’re about her being in love with someone who despite her reputation, loves her for who she is.
There is still the drama and the shade, which Swift serves so well. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, is an upbeat tune with a sarcastic tone.
Getaway Car follows Taylor’s quick relationship with a man who she knew would fail from the start. Getaway Car is my personal favorite of the album because of the Nashville song-writing at the heart of the song.
Swift tells a story in reputation, a wild one that you can’t stop listening to. With the help of Jack Antonoff, Max Martin and Shellback, who also helped Swift with 1989, produce another catchy, beautiful and successful album.
The sound of reputation is somewhat similar to 1989, but the songs have a much deeper meaning and are less surface level than the upbeat songs of 1989.
Call it what you want, but reputation is darker than anything she’s ever done. While it is not my favorite work, the album is still a wonderful piece of art that deserves all the praise it has already received.