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CALDWELL—On Nov. 10, 2017, Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album, Reputation. Fans (such as myself) have been waiting anxiously for the release of this album, and now that it has arrived, I can say that the wait was definitely worth it. Swift has titled the pop album Reputation, and rightfully so. Fans have theorized that the first six tracks of the album are written exclusively about the media and the effect it has had on Swift’s life and how the public sees her.

Before we begin with the track-by-track analysis, I must disclose that I am a big Taylor Swift fan, and have been for many years. While this may affect how I review the album, I will try my best to offer criticisms I see fit and to not glaze over any faults on the album.

…Ready For It?

Rating: 8/10

Notable Lyric: “He can be my jailer, Burton to this Taylor // Every lover known in comparison is a failure”

Review: The album starts off strong with Swift introducing her audience to a new side of her music. She incorporates elements of rap, with lyrically strong verses, but going back to a vocally significant and catchy chorus. Swift sings about a person she hopes to have a relationship with, and uses the lyric “ready for it?” to ask both her love interest if they are ready for the relationship, and her audience if they are ready for her album.

End Game (feat. Future and Ed Sheeran)

Rating: 7/10

Notable Lyric: “I bury hatches but I keep maps of where I put ‘em”

Review: Swift hits hard with both a lyrically and vocally impressive song. In this song, she particularly emphasizes her “big reputation,” and discusses how the reputations of both herself and the person she sings about would create for a big commotion in the media. One of the biggest flaws within the song is Future’s verse, which breaks up cohesiveness with it being in the beginning of the song.

I Did Something Bad

Rating: 10/10

Notable Lyric: “But if he drops my name, then I owe him nothin’ // And if he spends my change, then he had it comin”

Review: This song is altogether different from anything Swift has previously done. This song is interpreted to be about how the media perceives her relationships. Swift has been often portrayed as a “snake,” using other people for her own personal gain. Swift makes commentary on her own reputation yet again, using a song that is strong in both lyrics and vocals.

Don’t Blame Me

Rating: 9/10

Notable Lyric: “I once was poison ivy, but now I’m your daisy”

Review: On this track, Swift relies on an (unfortunately cliche) analogy of addiction for the power of her relationship. The mid-tempo pop song uses an interesting melody and tells a good story; however, it is one of the weaker songs on the album in regard to lyrics. What she lacks in lyrics, though, she makes up for in vocals and production. What makes this song so special is how unique it is from the rest of the songs, and it is so unlike any other Taylor Swift song. Overall, the song is cohesive and catchy and is certain to become a fan-favorite.

Delicate

Rating: 10/10

Notable Lyric: “This ain’t for the best // My reputation’s never been worse, so // You must like me for me…”

Review: This song is arguably one of the best on the album. Sonically, it makes for an interesting and impressive song with the use of a vocoder in the pre-chorus. Lyrically, the song is one of the strongest on the album and convey’s Swift’s emotions perfectly. She yet again talks about the effect her reputation has on her relationships and how someone must truly like her in order to be with her.

Look What You Made Me Do

Rating: 4/10

Notable Lyric: “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now”

Review: “Look What You Made Me Do” was Swift’s leading single for the album, but it is possibly the worst song on the record. The song lacks both melodically and lyrically; however, Swift explores a darker side of pop music that she previously never had. Unfortunately, the song pales in comparison to most of the other songs on the album, ignoring Swifts skills in both songwriting and singing.

So It Goes…

Rating: 7/10

Notable Lyric: ”I’m yours to keep // And I’m yours to lose”

Review: “So It Goes…” is admirably one of the more low-key songs off this album. While it is a simple song, the overall cohesive feeling of the song makes it a solid track. There is nothing extremely remarkable about the song, but it makes for a good contribution to the album and hits hard when necessary (especially the transition from the end of the bridge to the final chorus, check it out).

Gorgeous

Rating: 7/10

Notable Lyric: “You should take it as a compliment // That I’m talking to everyone here but you”

Review: Yet again, not a remarkable track; however it does not disappoint and is a worthy contribution to the album. The song tells an adorable story and is definitely a fun one to sing along to.

Getaway Car

Rating: 9/10

Notable Lyric: “The ties were black, the lies were white”

Review: This song is one of my favorites, especially because of the extended metaphor used throughout the entirety of it. She compares a relationship to a “getaway car” which she was using to get away from another relationship. Altogether, the track is a great contribution to the album.

King of My Heart

Rating: 7/10

Notable Lyric: “We rule the kingdom inside my room”

Review: I can enjoy this song, however I find it to fall away from the overall theme of the album. If the song were on Swift’s previous album, I think I may have enjoyed its upbeat tempo and beat-heavy chorus a bit more. Nevertheless, the song is a substantial track, and one I enjoy.

Dancing With Our Hands Tied

Rating: 10/10

Notable Lyric: “So, baby, can we dance // Oh, through an avalanche?”

Review: This is one of the strongest songs on the album, hitting hard with production quality and lyrics. The song once again touches on Swift’s reputation, and the effect it can have on her relationships. Throughout the song, she fears that the attention she receives from the media and her audience can ruin her relationship; however, she is willing to make it work. The verses build up perfectly to the chorus, hitting hard with reverberating synth.

Dress

Rating: 8/10

Notable Lyric: “Even in my worst times, you could see the best of me”

Review: On this song, Swift opens up about her relationship and the more sensual aspects of it. However, she reflects on the deep love that lies within the relationship as well. The song is one of the less-intense songs on the album with a slower tempo, but that makes it all the more enjoyable, giving her audience a break from the intense tracks featured on the rest of the album.

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Rating: 6/10

Notable Lyric: “And therein lies the issue // Friends don’t try to trick you // Get you on the phone and mind-twist you”

Review: This song deviates from the overall theme of the album, making it less impressive. However, it is something that people have been waiting to see from Swift for a long time, and that is a diss track. From talking down to her enemies like a child to blatantly laughing in their faces, Swift has no hesitations calling out those who have double crossed her in the past.

Call It What You Want

Rating: 8/10

Notable Lyric: And I know I make the same mistakes every time // Bridges burn, I never learn // At least I did one thing right”

Review: While this song does not have the catchy tune that the rest of the album has, its one where Swift excels lyrically. Again, she uses her reputation and sings about how her partner loved her in spite of it. In this track, she talks about a relationship where she is truly happy, which is not something we have seen often from her.

New Year’s Day

Rating: 8/10

Notable Lyric: “I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day”

Review: This love song serves as a solid closer, different from the rest of the songs on the album. The song is simply Swift with a piano and some accompanying guitar and basic harmonies; however, it is still as strong and emotional as the rest of the album. In this song, Swift sings about something that genuinely sounds like true love, which she has found with someone who she “will be cleaning up bottles with… on New Year’s Day.”

 

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