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"Taylor Swift"

Taylor Swift’s Game of Thrones Inspired Album “Reputation”

Reputation was released on November 10, 2017, and is the sixth studio album by Taylor Swift. The album mostly received positive reviews and was the second best-selling album of 2017 worldwide, and the US best-selling album of 2017. Reputation lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” was released on September 2 and it broke a string of records, including the record for the most plays in a single day on Spotify and more. Some of the other song this album include are “Ready For It”, “Gorgeous”, and “Call It What You Want” which also received many positive reviews from the critics – The album contains parts of the Pop, electropops, ynth-pop. Much the same as the album's title suggests a considerable lot of its lyrical themes, for example, dealing with fame and media coverage of celebrities. Greg Kot, from Chicago Tribune, described the album as "another shift, this time into electronic pop". Taylor Swift said several of the reputation songs were inspired by the epic fantasy TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Entertainment wrote "she says, 'At the time, I was making reputation and I didn’t talk about it in interviews, so I didn’t reveal that a lot of the songs were influenced by the show.'”. Taylor Swift also added that the album ended up transforming into a split album, one end being the weaponized songs about revenge, and the other about hoping to discover love “something sacred throughout all the battle cries”. “These songs were half based on what I was going through, but seeing them through a Game of Thrones filter,” Swift says – The cover art also portrays these themes, which showcases Swift over a background of a tabloid publication. The title of the album is also derived from some of the song’s lyrics like from the “End Game” lyrics 'Big reputation, big reputation, ooh, you and me we got big reputations, Big reputation, big reputation, Ooh you and me would be a big conversation', and from the “Delicate” lyrics 'My reputation's never been worse'.

Jul 04, 2019

Still Ingenue But With A Sharp Wit and A Keen Eye for Observing Her Generation’s Love Affairs

For someone who writes and sings her own songs, Taylor Swift’s second album, Fearless aptly describes her approach to songwriting. Only barely 18 years old when she was writing songs for this album, one can see that even at a young age, she already has that keen sense and intuition needed by a successful songwriter. She understands fully the current structure of songwriting, knowing how the verses tell the story, and then swiftly bringing everything into a crescendo through a catchy chorus. She wrote all the 13 songs in this album, sharing co-writing credits in six of them. She also produced this album along with Nathan Chapman. When this album came out, there was a dearth of female representation in country music, least of all – a very young female performer – so her entrance into the country scene was really a breath of fresh air in a milieu dominated by adult male singers in their 30s and 40s. I am also not surprised why she named this album Fearless because she tackles subject matters which younger females are drawn to and she does not hold back in telling their stories, including her own. Much later, Taylor would gain a reputation of writing about her ex-boyfriends and guys she dated, much to the chagrin of those poor fellows. Some of them retaliate through song, the others prefer to be gentlemanly about it and just keep their mouths shut. Even this early in her career, Taylor is already naming names. She’s not subtle at all in “Hey Stephen” and names a girl called Abigail in “Fifteen”. In this album, Taylor Swift is still an ingenue but with a sharp wit and a keen eye for observing her generation’s love affairs. She will do more damage soon but for now, her songs seem to be extensions of her own personal diary – and her stories are interwoven into this Fearless compilation.

Jun 28, 2019

Inspired by disses

Taylor Swift has always been familiar with drama in music and love areas which inspired her in making new singles or even the whole albums about it. The album Reputation is her response to the disses by Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West, and a famous singer Katy Perry. When it comes to Kanye West and his wife, all of the drama began back in 2009 when Kanye insulted Taylor publicly. Kanye made a scene at the VMAs when he rushed the stage and told Taylor Swift: “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” That made the whole world take Taylor's side in this drama and turn against Kanye. It looked so wrong, rude and disrespectful! Taylor was only 19 years old back then and he totally ruined her special moment. He apologized the same year. But was it sincere? In 2010, his apology inspired her to make a song "Innocent" after which Kanye kept apologizing. But, suddenly, in 2013 Kanye said he doesn't feel sorry for what he did back in 2009 and regrets his apology. Two years later, they finally found peace and became friends. It didn't take Kanye long to cause new drama with the release of his song "Famous" in which he, in front of the whole world, insulted Taylor with lines: "For all my Southside niggas that know me best I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex Why? I made that bitch famous (Goddamn) I made that bitch famous" in which he claimed to be the one who made Taylor Swift famous because, after the scene in 2009, her popularity increased drastically. He took the role of the victim here and Kim and him released the video of Taylor agreeing to these lyrics but in the video is shown that she heard only the lines: "For all my Southside niggas that know me best I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" not the two lines after these where he took the credits for her popularity and success. Taylor released a statement where she said she wasn't aware of the lyric "I made that bitch famous" and that she's totally not okay with that. She also added Kanye wanting her to promote the single on her Twitter feed which she, of course, refused to do. Four days after Kanye's song was released, Taylor won an award for her album 1989 after what she said: "There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world." and we can all see who is she referring this to. On November 10th, 2017 Taylor released a new album called Reputation and she gave us much to talk about!

Jun 14, 2019

Emotions Are Laid Bare All Over The Queen Of Nashville’s Fourth Album

I grew up listening to country music that made falling in love with Taylor Swift’s music an easy process for me. Ever since she burst into the music scene in 2006, her emotionally charged songs from the likes of “Today Was A Fairytale”, “You Belong With Me” to the John Mayer-inspired “Dear John” have over the years made a case for Taylor being named among the greatest artistes in recent years. Her fourth studio album Red came at a time when the now 29-year old singer was coming down from an apex of rollercoaster of emotions, which is where the Red name came from. She made mention of the fact that the album’s title was inspired by the "semi-toxic relationships" she had experienced during the process of conceiving this album, with Swift describing the emotions she felt as "red emotions" due to their intense and tumultuous nature. The album was released on the 22nd of October 2012 under Big Machine Records and features Gary Lightbody of the Snow Patrol band as well as British superstar singer Ed Sheeran. Red majorly hovers around Swift's signature themes of love and heartbreak, however, from a more mature perspective while exploring other themes, such as fame and the pressure of being in the limelight. It also will go on to signal Swift’s last involvement in the country music genre that made her the much-loved music artiste from small town Nashville that she is as she gradually embraced the more popular pop genre that heavily influenced production of albums that came after Red. The album turned out to be a huge success, debuting on the Number 1 spot on the US Billboard 200 chart. Its first week sales of 1.21 million copies also turned out to be the third biggest debut for a female artist in the United States history and it became the fastest-selling album in over a decade in the United States. Its worldwide success earned it two Grammy nominations for Best Country Album as well as Album of the year. Red deserves all of the recognition as it happens to probably be Taylor’s last really good album in which she rendered tunes that came all the way from her heart. Red, in many respects, feels like the last pure Taylor Swift album we’ll ever get. It’s not just the last one before her career became consumed by the narratives that grow from it, but also the last one before she completely engineered her music for world domination. The fact that the album’s contents drew inspiration from Taylor’s real-life experiences with dysfunctional relationships she’d endured leading up to the release of the project laced it with as much originality as can be possibly craved by die-hard Taylor Swift fans such as myself. While Red is an all-round great album, its success was well propelled by singles with heavy pop influence with lead single “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” going on to become fan favorites.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension 
Jun 14, 2019

The Thick Production in Taylor Swift’s Reputation Unleashed a Bad-Ass Video Game Simulating Adventure or the Continuum of a Cinematic Marvel Film.

The Album Reputation which won American Music Award for Favorite Album Pop/Rock, and Billboard Music Award for Top Selling Album really hit home for me in a fiery attitude type of way versus the average happy go lucky material and I’m not just saying this as I’m not really an average Taylor Swift fan. My attention was definitely caught before this Reputation Album initiated with her LP 1989 but sometimes times the happy go lucky concepts over all can be a bit typical and boring. Yet, when her sixth album finally dropped on November 10th of 2017 with all this assertiveness, and certainty in sustaining a publicly appointed bad girl reputation, was freshening and surprising to say the least. From “Ready For It” to “End Game”, to “Look What You Made Me Do”, the themes gave very polished, advanced video game aesthetics and just kept me tuning in over and over. Taylor Swift is known for being the Easter egg Queen and its widely known that she has the most enthusiastic fans to find interesting and insightful clues about her projects before being released out to the public in her music videos and songs.Things things range from the release date of a single or album, a connecting piece of visionary material to even imagery hints at the animal mascot of an entire era. Reputation was an album where all of those things were engraved into the virtual world of her music videos and I wouldn’t mind if she came back to this kind of concept musically as it was out of the norm for her and it showed her versatility almost like trying on an gorgeous dress or hopping into a muscle sports car.

Written by @cbenson from Cyclolore 
May 31, 2019

Who Was Taylor Swift Before Fame?

Taylor Swift is the album is the debut album by Taylor Swift. It displays the original personality of the artiste before all the drama that came with the fame changed her. It was recorded when she was sixteen years of age, and the fact that she was still of tender age was evident in all the songs on the album. The sound was fresh but not really mature, her voice, although nice, would have still used a lot of work. She confidently sang about her hopes and dreams in the album. As most teenagers are known to have dreams and hopes during their teenage years, this characterized her as one. The album was as successful as any and is quite commendable considering the fact that it was her starter album – Swift is a storyteller, she is well known for using her music to speak her mind and that was apparent in her this album. The songs are experiences which came directly from the pages of her diary that she had chosen to share with listeners – Taylor Swift, unlike her recent albums is a mixture of two distinct sounds: country and pop. The way her sound has changed since her first album is really mind-blowing and I think the explanation for this is that she was not really a country singer at the beginning and she only sang that way because it was probably what everyone expected from her at the time – The album takes us back to the Swift that existed before all the fame. The one thing that has remained constant in all her other albums is the fact that her tracks are focused on her lamenting about the golden three: relationships, betrayal and boys.

May 24, 2019

Swift Just Made Country Music Worldwide Music, And The How Is Still A Mystery

Taylor Alison Swift is an American country pop vocalist who chased her music career early enough at the age of 14. Upon arrival in the music industry, she was bound to make history as she was signed to the music record label Big Machine Records as the youngest artiste on the block – Her debut album Taylor Swift which shot her into limelight was released in 2006. The album consisted of hit songs like “Our Song” that left her listeners asking for more from the newbie. After receiving such positive vibes and warm welcome from the music industry, she forged ahead and began working on a second album – Fearless is the second album recorded by the sensational Taylor Swift. The Fearless album was produced yet still under Big Machine Records and had a stipulated release date of November 11, 2008. Swift put a lot of work into this album as it took about two years after her first album for the second one to hit the air ways. She combined promotion tours for her first album with writing or co-writing all thirteen tracks in the Fearless album. Fearless became even more successful than the first album as singles from the album sold more than 8 million copies worldwide – The album thrived because country pop is quite a difficult genre of music to do, coupled with the fact that a teenager was able to put in so much effort to pull off a magnificent piece together. I mean, it made the album priceless! It was a record-breaking album that gained international recognition and brought about huge commercial success for the teenage singer as it topped major charts in different countries and recorded sales of million copies worldwide. Taylor swift was applauded for a job well done as Fearless won for her many awards and has gone down history as the most awarded country music – Personally, I do not subscribe to country music, but for a teenager to fit into the shoes of country music and pull such a stunt? It beats my imagination.

May 24, 2019

RED Is Packed With Expressive Lyrics & Mind Games For Adoring Fans & Exes Of Taylor Swift

Listening to this album is a must for all lovers of pop, especially because it is packed with the best of the music star. Taylor Swift’s Red portrays the carefree lifestyle of the artiste, proving once and for all that she has no desire to uphold the high morals of feminism. Taylor has had a lot of fun living wild and free with quite a number of famous guys, and this album is virtually a scavenger hunt for details about her multiple relationships with her exes – Nearly every song in the album holds some vital clues to the person each track is about. You would think that after six years of experience as a pop star, Taylor would understand that it takes two to make or break any relationship – Unfortunately, despite the fact that she is constantly under the spotlight, she still hasn't realized the truth yet; Taylor still believes that all the bad relationships she has had are the fault of the other person involved. Nobody knows what inspired her to title the album Red. Although some people believe that it's her love for a red lipstick that inspired the title of the album, and as silly as this sounds, it may be true. It wouldn't be surprising if Taylor has finally come to that point where she no longer gives too much significance to the things deserving of it – At its best, Red is real, vibrant, and energetic. The sound is exhilarating, and another notable achievement is that Taylor didn't shy away from the person she has become. Instead, she embraced this new personality and used it to create great and better music — music that everyone can't help but enjoy.

May 24, 2019

1989: The Rebirth Of Taylor Swift’s Sound

The album "1989" is the fifth studio album recorded by the pop singer, Taylor Swift through her record label- Big Machine Records. The album title depicts her year of birth which is 1989 and this has a lot to say about her music and personality, being that her music had the touch of sensation from the ‘90s. The album is a pop-synth record with processed vocals and heavy musical instruments that has no ounce of country style in it. 1989, like the Fearless album, was written by Swift when touring for her previous album and was released on October 27, 2014, with a total number of 13 songs in the standard edition. A deluxe edition was later released with 3 additional bonus tracks to the original edition all made of voice memos – The muse for this groundbreaking record according to the singer was listening to lots of pop music from the late ‘80s since revolution is key in the industry, Swift has always brought a twist to each successive album. Thereby making the evolution “poco a poco” and at the same time not being greatly noticed. 1989 edges towards an all pop sound which will broaden the scope of the artiste and bring a new audience to her sound – Taylor did a great job singing country music but felt a need to switch from country music to pop if she really needed to reach the peak of her career. The departure from country music was noted by prying critics. She recalls being told by people to include a handful of country music in the album to remind the world of her background but she did not budge. "Making two genres of music in the same album is not an idea of an album" says Swift. "It portrays the singer as being confused of her sound or where she stands". Swift matured in age and never left her music lagging but carried it along with her. 1989 features Swift as a grownup that has experienced her first break-up and fears and is ready to face whatever the world has left to give. She made the album 1989 formidable by teaming with the constellation of high-classed music artiste; the likes of Kendrick Lamar whom she collaborated with and Jack Antonoff who shaped her music to fit her new audience – The album won Album of the Year and 3 Grammy Awards at the 58th Grammy Awards for Taylor Swift. 1989 outsold Swift’s fourth album Red in just 19 weeks after release, although, Red had been on sale for 228 weeks.

May 24, 2019

Taylor Swift, raising her ‘Reputation’ of American Queen

What can a star do that everything she touches makes it a worldwide success that reaches the corners of the earth that we would never have imagined existed? A star with more than 83 million followers on Twitter, more than 68 million on Facebook, more than 33 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 117 million on Instagram. Well, I can only think of one thing: reaffirm her place as the American Queen she has become or, perhaps I should say, the Queen of the World. With a bunch of successes behind her that have been the envy of many artists who have not been able to reach that height and with the enormous responsibility of satisfying all those admirers that I have just enumerated (plus those who silently love her and have all her albums, but they do not dare to say it), Taylor Swift raises her reputation with her album, Reputation. Caring to the last detail in both, the music and the videos that adorn a lot of the issues and including responses to many of her detractors, the jump to the confirmation that we have Taylor Swift for a long time, is giant and leaves a long way of distance for who wants to reach her. It seems impossible that after this, someone can remove her from the throne. From the cover you can see the tone of the singer's posture, with those images that appear to be newspaper notes and her challenging face, she wants to make clear to those who thought that she could not do anything else, that she is not only capable of that and more but also that she is someone so important to many, that she is big enough to call attention whenever she proposes it. An album that also invites that aspirational feeling that is very necessary for many who need an inspiration, a role model, something that gives meaning to their lives to keep fighting to be someone in this world. An intelligent album in the selection of themes and guest artists (without abusing this resource as much as many others). An album that also has the virtue of taking seriously the primary reason for the business of music: entertain. An album that meets the highest quality standards in the recording of songs and in the production of each and every one of the videos. We are facing a record so versatile that you can listen at any time, enjoy it in privacy or at any weekend party. And above all, we have an album that says things, because nowadays, it is difficult to find songs that dare to say things in this musical genre. If someone does not find the content of this album interesting, it is because they do not want to listen to it.

May 17, 2019

The Country Queen of Nashville Takes on Pop with ‘1989’

I remember that sunny Friday afternoon like it was yesterday. I had just heard on the radio that Taylor Swift had just dropped her 5th studio album. Funny enough, I had just re-downloaded her 4th studio album Red and had been vibing to it days leading up to her official release of 1989. She had released “Shake It Off” as a lead single, which had given fans and critics alike a taste of what seemed to be a genre shift for the sweet songstress from Nashville. I had listened to Shake It Off” with an air of uncertainty, as I wasn’t really sure if I was ready for the new Taylor as one thing was evident, she was about to break out of a space that had been a comfort zone for her for almost a decade. Country music had been her comfort zone - to good effect - for years. She had grown to embody what the genre stands for as she had seen the likes of Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood clear out the path perfectly for her. Young Taylor faced almost no direct competition there as she had a genre that embraces success. This made her breakout decision a brave one as she delved into a whole new genre, albeit a seemingly saturated one. Pop stars like Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber and a whole lot more had already built a niche for themselves as leading pop singers and Taylor Swift might just be about to battle her way into the circle. No album could possibly signify Taylor’s shift away from the innocent young naive country singer who was rattled on stage by Kanye West’s infamous antics years ago than the body of music that is 1989. The album seems a far cry from the Taylor Swift whose heartbreaking sojourns with the likes of Harry Styles and John Mayer led to smash hits like “Dear John”, this was a woman who was coming into her own with a new found confidence. 1989 was released through Big Machine Records, and its official first single “Shake It Off”, opened with a No. 1 ranking in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Popular music producer Max Martin co-produced nine tracks of the 13-song album after he had worked with Swift on her 2012 album Red, in which he co-produced the album’s first single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The album has an 80’s sought of vibe around it, with its sound totally different to what fans of Taylor had been used to. It proved to be a successful transition from country to pop for the lovable girl from Nashville and what other way could she talk about her transition than by opening the album with “Welcome To New York.” The first track off the album typifies what it would feel like eventually gaining freedom. Having dreamt about the big city before finally taking the leap, it was only natural that Miss Swift pay an ode to a city she now calls home; I mean, she has multi-million dollar real estate investments in the city now. The song has a high-tempo sound that will have you move your body to the rhythm of heavy 80’s beats but offers not so much beyond that. A total deviation from the old Taylor style and a representative of a whole lot more to come in the album. Although “Wildest Dreams” reeks of Lana Del Rey all over it, but boy isn’t it beautiful? What the song lacked in content, it more than made up for in sound and beautiful vocals that Taylor pulled off pretty well. “Style” that portrays Taylor in all of the maturity she now basks in. The sound is fire, the lyrics you’ve got that James Dean daydream look in your eyes is one that just won’t be leaving your head anytime soon. This woman is making the transition to pop look pretty easy. “Shake It Off” earned her 3 Grammy nominations in 2015; Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance of the Year. While in 2016, the album was nominated in 3 different categories. It won Best Pop Vocal Album, against Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece, James Taylor’s Before This World, Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special, and Florence and the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. It also won Album of the year ahead of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, and The Weeknd’s Beauty behind the Madness. “Blank Spaces” also garnered 3 nominations at the 2016 Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. Although it didn’t win any of the nominations, it up her nominations to 7 (including “Bad Blood” remix, a single after the album) and 3 awards from the 7 nominations.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension 
May 17, 2019

Taylor Swift Takes Her New Villainous Status A Little Too Far With Reputation, Her Undoubtedly Worst Album

I feel like whenever I talk about Taylor Swift, I always find myself having to make it clear how I feel about her. Apparently, I’m confusing. “Wait, I thought you hated her?” ”Are you a fan of hers or not?” To be honest, I absolutely love Taylor Swift. I think she has the capability of making incredible music — because she did. Her first four albums were all great. She was the artist who allowed me to say I was a fan of country music whenever people would ask. “Yeah, I listen to Taylor Swift. Obviously, I like country.” She’s an amazing songwriter, probably one of the best our generation. When I was younger, she used to make me believe in love. I also consider her to be a part of what I call the “The Golden Age of Pop.” In that time, she released Fearless, Speak Now, and Red, the three albums of hers that I consider to be her best. Between 2008 and 2012, she was at the top of her game. I have mixed feelings about certain songs from 2014’s 1989, but I still would say it’s much better than her long-awaited return in 2017. Reputation was just Taylor Swift trying too hard to be something else, grasping for another identity. She claimed to not be associated with the things that people were saying about her, but then she attempted to capitalize on it. Her album visuals were darker and she used a lot of snakes — for those who don’t know of her “snake” status, it all started with Kim Kardashian recording a phone conversation with Kanye West about his song “Famous.” Also, Taylor Swift was basically in a feud with everybody in the entire world, so that could also get you called a “snake.” But enough about her reputation… oh wait, that’s actually why we’re here.

May 10, 2019

A Country Artist Finally Breaks Into the Mainstream Here in the Philippines After the Genre Disappeared from Local Radio for More than a Decade

Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” was a big radio and video hit here in the Philippines but I think its major drawback was that among the masses, that was the only song they knew of Taylor’s. Although her first two albums Taylor Swift and Fearless had several hits in other countries, aside from “Love Story”, probably only “You Belong With Me” had sizeable radio airplay that was known to people outside of Taylor’s very loyal army of young girl fans. At that time, if you’d do a random survey on the street and asked people what hit of Taylor Swift they knew, I bet 90% would say “Love Story” – and that’s it. So when she had her first concert here to support Speak Now, her third studio album, many people were asking why she had such expensive tickets when she “only” had two hits? Nevertheless, her army of fans gobbled up all those stupendously expensive tickets and her show was sold out much to everyone’s astonishment! I know they were stupendously expensive because I bought tickets to that show LOL! I paid roughly US$145 and I was already in Lower Box! And my seat was sooooo bad, all I could see was Taylor’s backside throughout the show! Anyhow, at that time, Taylor was still classified as a country artist, and it’s very rare for American country artists to make a dent here. You’d have to go back one generation to come up with a bevy of country artists that ruled local Filipino radio (Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, John Denver, Crystal Gayle – were very popular here). In my opinion, some of the songs in Speak Now sound so country, I was surprised her fans still liked it. Of course, the more I knew about Taylor, I realized that her country identity was just one part of her whole image. This girl simply can’t be pigeon-holed.

May 10, 2019

Taylor Swift Leaves Her Country Identity Behind Like Another Bad Ex In 1989

If you’ve read my Narrative about Taylor Swift’s 2012 album Red, you’ll know I was wholeheartedly impressed with not only how compelling it was as a formative work of music in her career but how astonishingly-impactful it was on an emotionally-abusive relationship I was in around the time of its release, convincing me I had nothing to be ashamed about in ravenously consuming the record as it was a genuinely solid collection of tunes that put others in her demographic to shame; I found joy in its endearing lyrical content & plenty of material to jam to on long car rides from my now home of Los Angeles to my old stomping-grounds of San Francisco, believing this was the start of a beautiful relationship with mainstream media the likes of which I hadn’t experienced since the late-nineties wave of Alternative Rock & Electronica that informed my adolescence, but – regrettably – this period of acceptance would be short-lived when her follow-up record 1989 dropped, relegating her back to radio-only-listening for me as her sound fell into generic obscurity along with the rest of the industry – To dial things back a few steps, Swift had shown audiences with her last record that she was ready to grow up as an individual & as an artist, generating much more expressive compositions with a real sense of identity you could latch on to in some truly jam-worthy tracks you’d easily find yourself blasting on a weekly or even daily basis, proving she had what it took to making a lasting impression on the music industry as a whole in the years to come; She was no longer the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed youngster with a penchant for naiveté who couldn’t help but sing about her horrible celebrity dating track record, opening things up for a more engaging sonic experience for a wider audience than she ever could’ve achieved with a strictly-Country aesthetic, but the fame unfortunately went to her head like a silver bullet in a werewolf film, corrupting her aesthetic irrevocably with what is easily my least-favourite Swift record 1989, tainting her image moving forward & making me sad that my birth-year was associated with such derivative dribble – You may think I’m being a tad harsh seeing as this was easily Swift’s most critically-appreciated album, but if you search your heart on deeper analysis, you’ll find my words are nothing if not the truth.

Mar 04, 2019

America’s Country Girl Heads Off To The City In Taylor Swift’s First Pop-Leaning Album Red

If I’m being honest, to say I was a fan of Taylor Swift in her early days would be a bold-faced lie: When she first hit the scene in 2004, I was admittedly impressed with how gifted she was for a 16-year old artist in a world that had become increasingly-obsessed with prepubescent acts like Justin Bieber, my lifelong training in classical music theory – on top of having a world-class touring singer as a father – giving me the technical comprehension to acknowledge she was a truly-skilled performer, but her particular brand of songwriting was clearly designed for a different audience; She was so unbelievably naïve for someone only two months younger than I & her cheerful compositions lacked the emotional depth & inherent personality of my rather Emo Rock-leaning sensibilities, making it hard to find any value in her body of work at the time – Fast forward about seven years, I’m dating a die-hard Country girl from North Carolina who’d modeled her own musical persona around Swift’s, making it virtually impossible to ignore the blonde icon’s upbeat tunes when they were literally being played on a daily basis alongside the Jonas Brothers & Katy Perry. I’d been constantly bombarded by my then-girlfriend’s fanaticism & was aware Swift had a new album coming up called Red, but it wasn’t until that fateful performance at the 2012 VMA’s that I realized I’d fallen for the Country starlet hook, line & sinker thanks to what would become her first true Pop performance, kicking off an incredibly rocky love-hate relationship with her music – & said-girlfriend – going forward.

Mar 04, 2019