still keeping an open mind before the whole thing comes out. but 1 thing for sure after 'ready for it' is that TS is no Rihanna. And there'd be no brilliance if the coming album is all about digging this 'dark alter-ego' which may have never quite fully grown mature.
Either Swift's not-so-iconic vocal quality or her very american middle class taste(not that there's anything degrading about it) helps on setting up an authentic chilling stage. The audience may cheer a bit for the refreshing breeze, but that kind of wind scale is deadly wanting when you were actually hoping for a perfect storm.
It doesn't take a hypersensitive radar to detect Swift's strive for the real shadowy effect, through her new bajan accent and the deafening bass and, of course, those laboured lines as 'He don't try at all though' and 'I see how this is gon' go'.
But it takes much more than that to be a gang gal.
Listen to Bitch Better Have My Money and you may get a clue of what 'vendetta' and 'ransom' actually mean.
Goth-coated high-school dish ain't nothing to us, Taylor Sweetie.
11.11 Album Review
okay. first impression: this album had 2 sides for show: taylor trying to imitate a gang gal image and tay being herself - i.e. excessive with paint of sentiment.
But after a second spin the personality became unmistakably one: damaged young thing redeemed by new-found love, which again brings us the question of authenticity/sincerity - victim? Again???
And even in love ode like Gorgeous, Call it What You Want or King of My Heart, madam cannot help but mentioning her struggles with enemies, gunfights, and an older bf in the bar who possessed a range rover/jaguar. Sideshows which only blur the picture: remember the lines 'You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye'? When one is truly madly in love the rest of the world just fades to exist. Sadly in Reputation this kind of lightening moments were somehow shadowed by a persistent anger, leaving listeners wondering that love might not be so strong after all. That that love might just be a wall, useful to screen the disagreements madam had with this world. Yes, this World. Because all the liars calling her one, and it was unfortunately they were telling some truth.
Sonically, Reputaion is slightly overproduced. But it is unavoidable in a way: Swift's vocal lacks the strength and colours to bring the lines alive, leaving producers no choice but to add layers of backing chorus and punchy sounds thus to accentuate.
The one glitter appears when track 9 comes in. Getaway Car. Such country soul yet strenuous synth production. But 'There were sirens in the beat of your heart', and instantly the movie is there: someone loved blindly, becoming a traitor just so he could have a shot to win her over.
Next time a black-tie lover trying to steal you away, Ms Swift, remember the passion and do not conceal your tenderness on this kind of fond memories.
04. Don't Blame Me [★★★ 'Crazy in Love' in its cheaper form]
09. Getaway Car [★★★★ Tom, it's a good song. Be happy.]
10. King of My Heart [★★★ glad Swift found the brit way to use 'fancy']
11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied [★★★★ very Antonoff, sweeter than fiction!]
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