reputation – Taylor Swift album review

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 7.24.35 PMShe defies creative expectations by defining creativity on her own terms.
She’s in a league all on her own because she creates her own rules.
Taylor Swift’s latest album, reputation, showcases how the singer-songwriter continues to go beyond the boundaries by exploring creative opportunity through music.
Although she’s known as and well-respected as a songwriter, she surrounds herself with seasoned creative industry pros to create revolutionary pop music art through her songs.
Her collaborators on reputation include hit songwriters Max Martin (a personal favourite pop songwriter of mine) and Shellback (he’s great, too).
Together?
Beautiful hits.
The confident, edgy and defiant, Look What You Made Me Do was a great choice to drop as a single prior to the album’s release.
Lyrical development showcases growing confidence through fantastic imagery in the second verse. And the pre-chorus and chorus solidify that confidence and defiance.
[Verse 2]
I don’t like your kingdom keys
They once belonged to me
You asked me for a place to sleep
Locked me out and threw a feast (what?)
The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing’s for sure
Maybe I got mine, but you’ll all get yours
[Pre-Chorus]
But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!
[Chorus]
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me—
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

Look what you made me do is an edgy track. Taylor Swift has rebranded her image through reputation.

Another track on the album, Gorgeous, is a feminist song with respect to the fact that Taylor talks about herself, as a female being attracted to someone. Just as guys sing about this and talk about it, women should, too.

The final chorus and bridge together are – what can I say? – gorgeous.

You’re so gorgeous
I can’t say anything to your face
‘Cause look at your face
And I’m so furious
At you for making me feel this way
But what can I say?
You’re gorgeous

You make me so happy it turns back to sad, yeah
There’s nothing I hate more than what I can’t have
You are so gorgeous it makes me so mad
You’re gorgeous
You make me so happy it turns back to sad, yeah
There’s nothing I hate more than what I can’t have
You are so gorgeous it makes me so mad
You’re gorgeous.

Call it What You Want is one of my favourite tracks on the album. I love this song, especially the first verse and chorus. This song encourages people to forget what everyone else says. Just let them talk. The first verse illustrates the setting of the song beautifully. And the chorus? Imagery, repetition and simplicity in its message: Call it what you want.

[Verse 1]

My castle crumbled overnight
I brought a knife to a gunfight
They took the crown, but it’s alright
All the liars are calling me one
Nobody’s heard from me for months
I’m doin’ better than I ever was
‘Cause

[Chorus]

My baby’s fit like a daydream
Walking with his head down
I’m the one he’s walking to
So call it what you want, yeah
Call it what you want to
My baby’s fly like a jet stream
High above the whole scene
Loves me like I’m brand new
So call it what you want, yeah
Call it what you want to

reputation showcases all aspects of Taylor.

reputation showcases the kind of creativity songwriters should aspire to.

My Download reputation for creative inspiration.

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