Unfortunately, Rihanna had already an album called “Unapologetic” because that would have been a perfect title for ‘reputation’. Being described as “magical modern pop” and “lyrical mastermind” by the critics, the sixth album by Taylor Swift after her three year leap was released on November 10. The title, release date, and cover art were revealed after Taylor removed all previous social media presence and uploaded three videos of a snake’s tail, body, and head; most considered this a reference to the “snake” reputation she was given after it was revealed she wrote Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For” after their breakup, which worsened during public fallouts with Kanye West and Katy Perry. It was best selling album of 2017 and debuted at no.1 on US Billboard(selling more than other 199 albums on the list combined) and sold 2 million copies worldwide in first week. This made Taylor first person in history to have four million-selling albums in first week of sales.
“…Ready for It?”
Taylor is rapping here!! This is not a drill. I’m so into this new Taylor. It has luscious production and lyrics. The song is about finding your partner in crime. ‘Me I was a robber first time that he saw me/Stealing hearts and running off and never saying sorry’ –Taylor sings. When the bass drops and I heard, “Baby, let the games begin / Let the games begin,” I felt a Rocky-level rush of adrenaline. Taylor continuing her tradition of perfect album openers here!
“End Game ft. Ed Sheeran and Future”
This song is what Future sings on the verse “So Dope”! I feel like this song is “Shake It Off” on crack. Lyrics are beautiful. She’s got reputation. She’s got enemies and she knows what people talk about her. “I swear I don’t love the drama, it loves me” Taylor fires back. Ed Sheeran and Future’s part is the highlight of the song. End ‘em all girl!
“I Did Something Bad”
This song is a major bop. It explores Swift’s new trap and dark sound in the reputation era. Similar to Taylor’s 2014 “Blank Space”, it plays on the media and publics perception of her, with her singing as the character they portray her as. The keys are so perfectly played. And beats are catchy as hell. ‘It just felt so good, good!’
“Don’t Blame Me”
This song is Hozier-meets-Taylor. It is midtempo synthpop track, Taylor employs a metaphor of drug use to depict to the truly addictive love of a partner. By saying his touch is the “trip of [her] life,” she’s suggesting something exquisite and unique from him that cannot be replicated. The use of choirs is good. This song is different and great but I’m not sold on this one. ((But probably cut to me in a week jamming out to this nonstop. Who knows.)
This gentle bop is one of my favorite songs on album. Being one of the emotionally perfect songs on the album, it perfectly captures both the flirtation and anxiety of the early stages of a relationship, when you’re unsure how you should be feeling, what you should be saying. It gives me Queen Carly Rae Jepsen vibes. Coincidentally, “Delicate” follows Taylor’s pattern of the 5th song of her albums being “emotional vulnerable” ballads.
“Look What You Made Me Do”
It was the lead single from album and it wasn’t taken well by critics. Taylor was bashed for choice of lead single. But I think it is the exact song Taylor needed to release in that moment as the first single. This was necessary. It created buzz. It got people talking. It debuted at no. 1. Made and broke several records including music video breaking record for most views ever in 24 hours with 43.2 million views. The lyrics may not weak but the melody is catchiest one on the album. It is a rendition of “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred!
“So It Goes…”
It get a little boring here. Outro is great but the rest of it is just “meh”. Lyrics and production is clever. The title could be symbolic to Swift’s reputation album as a whole, since she has said in the previous track the Old Taylor is dead. This album is her transition into the “new” Taylor – so it goes. Also, “scratches down your back now”? Damn, Tay.
This was the first release from ‘reputation’ that I was totally obsessed with. Lyrics describes a fully intoxicating infatuation in the form of unrequited love. The man in Taylor’s attention is so impossibly attractive, she feels compelled to be with him. It’s sweet. It’s shady. It’s perfect. Also, the *ding* is just everything. And the baby’s voice in the start is James Reynolds – Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s daughter.
Wait, for a moment I thought that I had accidentally clicked on one of Lorde’s track. This is so Lorde-ish but it is just pure and perfect. This song, these lyrics, Taylor’s voice – she’s a genius. It’s about trying to hide your love for its own good, but the secrets end up tearing you apart. The feels! Also, the key change and Outro!!
“King of My Heart”
The lyrics are beautiful. The brigde is one of the best on whole album. Melody is not one of my favorite tho. “Is this the end of all the endings/My broken bones are mending” is my fave lyric. I can feel a lot of Instagram captions coming from this track.
“Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
I love the way Taylor sings in a different style here which is not present much in her previous records. The song has house music vibes and heavy beat drops. I literally had goosebumps when she hit high notes in the end – first time ever in her music. Also “I’m a mess but a mess that you wanted” is just perfect.
It was described by critics as Swift’s “sexiest song to date” and bringing out her sensual side at last. Aside from it, it is a lowkey love song. Melodically, it is not my favorite.
“This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
This is my favorite one so far. On this lighthearted, anthemic, and almost comical track Taylor Swift throws some major shade at all the haters – totally referencing the Kanye West furore here. The shade is so strong and song is so catchy. It’s a perfect anthem. And the ~cackle~ is best damn part. I can’t describe the cackle in words –go listen it yourself. Also, the fact that mom Andrea Swift is in on the drama, amazing.
“Call It What You Want”
This is carefree Taylor here. You can genuinely feel that she is happy and satisfied. The lyrics are about being brought back to life by someone new after heartbreak. I stan happy, in-love Taylor!
“New Year’s Day”
This the ballad that I wanted. This is purely soft and sweet, it gets me everytime. Taylor and an instrument. Raw vocals. Vivid imagery. Story telling. It’s just amazing. “Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you” –lyrically and sonically perfect. A perfect, gorgeous and simple ending.