There will be no further explanation. There will be just reputation…
Hello. It has certainly been a while since ya quirky boi™ graced the blogging community. For reasons I will just mention in a separate post, I’m here for a very important reason:
It’s #reputation day.
Yes! Taylor Swift has finally released her sixth studio album in three years. I don’t know if I’ve said this in the blog before, but I am a huge Swiftie (#noshame). And I thought doing an album review here would be really fun and different. I also wanted to begin my return to blogging with a banger (and a few bops courtesy of Swift, here in there).
So without further ado…are you ready for it?
1. …Ready For It?
Are you ready for it…? Arguably, one of Taylor’s finest and most explosive album openers yet. As with most songs here on the album, I had to listen to this song a few times before I really started bopping the heck out of it. And I so bop the heck out of this song. 5/5
Favourite line: “I, I, I see how this is gon’ go / touch me and you’ll never be alone.”
2. End Game (featuring Ed Sheehan & Future)
When I first saw the tracklist for reputation, my eyes immediately flew to this particular collaboration. Was I expecting any collabs any this album? Kinda? Was I expecting Ed Sheeran and Future? AW HELL NAW. It might seem like that Taylor’s trying really hard to cross the urban/hip-hop bridge, but damn if she doesn’t do a catchy job out of it. Certified bop from the first second. 5/5
Favourite line: “Reputation precedes me, they told you I’m crazy / I swear I don’t love the drama, it loves me.”
3. I Did Something Bad
The first of many dark surprises in this album because holy smokes did that bass drop so freaking hard. I honestly wasn’t prepared for a full-on Swift bloodletting à la Mary J. Blige’s Family Affair fashion. She also drops a bomb here. 4.5/5
Favourite line: “But if he drops my name, then I owe him nothin’ / And if he spends my change, then he had it comin’.”
4. Don’t Blame Me
Sounds like it came straight out of Fifty Shades of Grey with its wobbling bass-line and sensual lyricism. Another bop that has some of my favourite Taylor vocals everrrr. Haters come at me. 4/5
Favourite line: “I once was poison ivy, but now I’m your daisy.”
I like the tropical vibe of the song, but sonically it sounds way too similar with the previous three tracks to the point that it’s hard for the song to capture my attention. It’s still good though! I also like Taylor’s soft vocal switch-up here. 3.5/5
Favourite line: “Handsome, you’re a mansion with a view.”
6. Look What You Made Me Do
When this first song came out, I was literally prepared for anything Taylor has to throw at me. Whether she goes alt-rock or revert to country, I was ready. Funny enough this song still came as a shock that lasted for a few weeks. I love every single petty line of lyric in here: from the repetitive ‘look what you made me dos’ to the bit of spoken dialogue in the bridge. The Old Taylor is dead indeed. 5/5
Favourite line: “The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama / But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma.”
7. So It Goes…
Again another song that sounds like a previous song here (re: Don’t Blame Me). I like the melody line but overall a forgettable moment in the album midway. 2/5
Favourite line: “All eyes on us / You make everyone disappear and / Cut me into pieces.”
For some reason, it was an instant earworm during the first listen but after a few listens it became too repetitive and dare I say…annoying for me? Still a cute song though albeit it stands out from its hard-hitting buddies. Also, the most reminiscent of 1989. 3/5
Favourite line: “If you’ve got a girlfriend, I’m jealous of her / But if you’re single that’s honestly worse.”
9. Getaway Car
Hands-down my favourite off of this album and one of Taylor’s best songs ever. It’s the perfect bridge of 1989 and reputation with its 80s inspired synths and that thumping beat and gritty vocal delivery. It also kinda sounds like Out of the Woods in some moments. 6/5
Favourite line: “I knew it from the first Old Fashioned, we were cursed / It hit you like a shot, gunshot to the heart.”
10. King of My Heart
I actually thought Taylor covered one of my favourite Christian songs of all-time because they bear the same title, but this song is way, way far from the Gospel than I thought. Word’s still out for my feelings to this song — the chorus is really catchy, but there’s a lot of beats thrown here and there that throws you in for a loop. 3/5
Favourite line: “Is the end of all the endings? / My broken bones are mending.”
11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied
A song that intrigued me initially with its title. It’s an alright bop with an urgent verse that descends to this heavy, dubstep-like chorus. Moving on. 2.5/5
Favourite line: “I’m a mess, but I’m the mess that you wanted.”
Basically, this song in an emoji: 😳. 3.5/5
Favourite line: “All of this silence and patience, pining and anticipation / My hands are shaking from holding back from you.”
13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
At this point in the album, I’m dying for a change of pace and this song delivers!!! Oh my god. The shade and tea in this song. One of Taylor’s funniest songs to date since Blank Space. So quotable and so obnoxious. 5/5
Favourite line: “But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately / If only you weren’t so shady.”
14. Call It What You Want
We are now approaching Sob-fest Land. The first few seconds of this song, with the atmospheric synths and vocal layering, I immediately started to tear up. I always love it when Taylor goes back to her roots which is detailed and heartfelt storytelling. And this song just slayed my heart to heaven and back. 5/5
Favourite line: “I want to wear his initial on a chain round my neck / Chain round my neck / Not because he owns me / But ’cause he really knows me.”
15. New Year’s Day
Taylor could go in any direction with the album closer. I’ve heard talk of fans crying during the secret sessions when they heard this song. The anticipation is real. I actually heard it first from the TGIT special where Taylor performed this song in the piano during one of the secret sessions. I thought aw, how lovely I wonder what the studio version would sound like. AND IT’S A FREAKING PIANO BALLAD. I was expecting synths to come barraging from all sides, but no. Just a quiet moment that closes the album both hopefully for Taylor and satisfyingly for me. 4/5
Favourite line: “Please don’t ever become a stranger / Whose laugh I could recognise anywhere.”
And that’s it for my #reputation track-by-track review! What did you think? Have you listened to the album yet? Were you surprised that I was a hardcore Swiftie behind the quirks?
Back to our regular program schedule soon. Until next time, quirks!