This my honest review of the album reputation. I am not being paid for this. I bought the album and thought it was amazing, so I would like to give Taylor some love. These are my thoughts on each of the songs and not in any way what the artist necessarily meant.
Wow! What an album. It’s been such a great year for music, I feel. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Taylor Swift started dropping singles like it was no big deal. I listened to each lyric video about 10 times and then watched the music videos until I couldn’t get the songs out of my head!
I was so excited for the album to release in its entirety, I was counting down the days. On the morning of its release, I went onto iTunes (on my phone) and searched it. To no avail. I went on my computer and saw that you had to buy it. The first thing I did? I let my dad know that there will be a transaction going through on our family iTunes group.
I downloaded the songs after buying the album and listened to them all in one sitting. Here is my impression of each song on Taylor Swift’s new album: reputation.
1. …Ready For It?
This song has such a bad-ass feel to it. It starts out with a pretty cool beat that makes you think she’s going to diss someone, but then it transitions into the chorus and you realize it’s a love song. For a moment you think it’s sweet little Taylor, but then she returns to her epic verses.
Can we just talk about how awesome the music video is? I love the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ feel of it all. I feel like Taylor could make a full-fledged movie with the people making her music videos, seriously.
2. End Game (feat Ed Sheeran & Future)
Before I even listened to it, I was excited. I LOVE Ed’s voice, so I was sure that him singing with Taylor was going to be great.
I loved the start of the song, it had a love song feel to it. I’m not sure if the chanting part really grew on me yet, but Future’s rap is really great.
I really like the chorus and the verse with Ed Sheeran. I would recommend this song just for the part where he sings.
3. I Did Something Bad
This is my favourite song on the album. It’s clearly about her ex, Calvin Harris and she calls him out on a few things. I just love her creative use of words throughout the song.
It has this bouncy background music for the verses and then switches to a full-on pop song beat for the chorus. It’s epic, I would REALLY recommend that you buy this song.
4. Don’t Blame Me
This is the next love song on her album for her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. She describes him as a drug and that love made her crazy. It seems as if she thinks he’s the one, if you take a look at the lyrics of this song.
The song has a lazy beat and a catchy chorus that will stay in your head all day (believe me).
Another love song! Taylor asks Joe if it’s okay that she says all these things about him in her album. It’s so sweet because she seems to be hesitant about whether it’s okay for her to say it at all.
It still has a beat and a pop feel to it, but it’s a bit closer to some of her previous love songs.
6. Look What You Made Me Do
Should I even say anything? If you haven’t heard this song, you’ve probably been living under a rock. This is Taylor’s epic first song that she dropped and it’s the song that shows the most how she has changed her brand and turned into this bad-ass woman.
This is another song that was stuck in my head for hours and the music video makes me wish that I had so much swag.
This is clearly a jab at Kanye West and his wife Kim. And judging by the lyrics, Taylor doesn’t like them very much.
Teach me how to be as epic as you, Taylor!
7. So It Goes…
Another song for Joe, but with a bit more electric sound. It’s slower than the previous song, so it gives you time to recover.
Starting off with a cute child’s voice, this is a sweet song. Taylor describes Joe as being so gorgeous that she can’t even talk to him.
Imagine his reaction when she played it for him!
This was also released as a lyric video, so hopefully we get a cute music video soon!
9. Getaway Car
This song she wrote about her previous relationship with Tom Hiddleston. If I had to be honest, I really liked them together. But in this song, Taylor explains why they would never ‘get far’ or why their relationship wouldn’t work forever. They had started dating very soon after her breakup with Calvin Harris, so Tom was her ‘getaway car’.
It’s a really catchy song with a nice pop sound. This is another one of my favourites.
10. King of My Heart
Another song for Joe. This one is quick and electric. It develops into a cool beat later in the song.
There’s a lot of repetition, so it’s not my favourite. But still pretty good.
11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied
This is also a love song. It reminded me a little of her previous albums. This is just a typical Taylor song, which I love. Her voice isn’t changed too much, so you can really hear how talented she is.
She describes her relationship with Joe in this song and it makes you realise that they sometimes just want normal lives so they don’t have to hide their relationships in fear of the media interfering.
This is a sensual love song written for Joe. It’s a bit more daring than some of her other songs, but I quite like it.
13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Song #2 written about Kanye and Kim. Clearly, by listening to the lyrics, there will be no forgiving any time soon. She also describes how they tricked her.
If you look past all the shade, it’s actually a really good song. It has a fun pop sound.
14. Call It What You Want
This is another one of the songs released before the album and I instantly liked it.
Taylor sings about her struggles during the past few months of people making it difficult for her. But then she says that Joe helped her through it and that he supported her despite of all of it.
15. New Year’s Day
Probably the prettiest song on the album. It’s a love ballad with only Taylor’s voice and a soft piano in the background. I’ll be slow-dancing to this one soon.
I hope that you like what you see. Go buy the album! You won’t regret it.