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August 19, 2014 at 4:42 am #398355
On the wiki page for 1989, it says that taylor either wrote a song with Imogen heap or sampled one of her songs. Imogen is a great artist and I hope at least that song is good.August 19, 2014 at 5:02 am #398356
I’m loving the new single. It’s fun and catchy. Kudos to Taylor.August 19, 2014 at 6:25 am #398357
“Haters gonna hate hate hate, so I sell out, sell out, sell it out. OOOOoooo”August 19, 2014 at 7:21 am #398358
I think this move towards Pop has been a long time coming and in my opinion, I think it’s a very smart move. With “Shake It Off” just a taste of the pop to come, I think this will be a very successful era for her.August 19, 2014 at 7:33 am #398359
Mark Romanek really did her a solid on this video. I see the Gaga shade lol! I’m sure the “cultural misappropriation” criticisms will be flying soon enough. I hope this gets into Short-Form Music Video this year.
The song is definitely catchy. Not much substance to it, and the spoken break section is bad. I’ve been singing the chours to myself for the past hour, and I’m appropriately ashamed at my display.
Love the Polaroid cover! Reminds me of Kendrick Lamar’s cover art. Like the album title as well.
The full-on move to Pop was a long time coming.August 19, 2014 at 8:43 am #398360
Wow, that is a terrible record.August 19, 2014 at 8:54 am #398361
She’s cheer captain and no longer on the bleachers?August 19, 2014 at 9:01 am #398362
Hot damn! Legend Swift continues to deliver the goods! This song is a killer feel good song! Just kinda wish she named it something else cause it somewhat reminds me of Mimi’s “Shake It Off.”
I do hope she stays in the Pop Genre this time around and doesn’t try passing off as Country at all those country music awards.
Otherwise I am supremely happy for her. She is definitely molding herself to be as big as MJ, Prince, Madonna, Tina, Janet, ext. in the future.August 19, 2014 at 11:01 am #398363
Taylor Swift was lucky as anything to get Mark Romanek.
He hasn’t done much video directing in the last 10 years, only a handful. He
was the shiet doing NIN’s Closer, Madonna’s Bedtimes Stories and Rain. He also
directed the most expensive video ever, Michael Jackson’s Scream.
August 19, 2014 at 11:05 am #398364
She said she showed him the song and he couldn’t turn it down.August 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm #398365
Love it or loathe it? EW debates Taylor Swift’s “Shake
by EW staff on Aug 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM
Taylor Swift dropped some big news yesterday—her
forthcoming album 1989, inspired by
the sounds of “late ’80s pop,” will debut on October 27. The singer also
released the album’s first single and music video. EW writers Kyle Anderson
(who knows a lot about music) and Marc Snetiker (who really, really likes
music) debate the merits of Swift’s latest song—and whether it’s a hit or a
you know what it feels like when Kermit the Frog dances? When he waves his
hands in the air and lets his head wobble freely, as if little more than fabric
and stitching is holding it together? That, perhaps, is how to best describe
the dance I haven’t been able to stop doing—alone, in my office, with or
without the lights on—since Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” dropped.
should begin by saying I don’t have any fundamental problem with Taylor Swift.
She’s made a lot of songs that I like, and she’s made a lot of songs I don’t
particularly care for. I’ve enjoyed work that she has done both in a pure
country form (“The Best Day” is a tremendous acoustic story-song) and when
she’s gone totally pop (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” remains my
jam). But I find “Shake It Off” pretty repulsive for a number of reasons. I’ll
start with the one that has always driven me nuts about Taylor Swift: Her
inexplicable persecution complex. Sure, her personal life gets written about in
tabloids, and she’s had to put up with her share of paparazzi, but she isn’t
affected any more than any other famous person, and she’s spun the prurient
interest in her paramours into radio gold time and time again. The whole
“Haters gonna hate” refrain rings so unbelievably false to me.
Before we get into what a bummer it is that Taylor is
rapping, let me say this: I’ll allow that “Shake It Off” is, fundamentally, a
pretty good song. But Marc, doesn’t it seem like anybody could have recorded
this song? For somebody who goes out of her way to market herself as morally
superior to more manufactured pop stars (as she does in the video for “Shake It
Off,” throwing shade at Miley and Gaga), this song feels un-Taylor to the point
that it’s sort of generic. If Avril Lavigne had recorded this, would we even be
having this conversation?
wholeheartedly agree about Taylor’s bizarre persecution complex. Lyrically,
she’s not reinventing the Swift wheel by any means—in fact, she actually seems
to be regressing to her 16-year-old self, with the Carrie (Underwood) optimism
and the Carrie (Bradshaw) hair. But to your second point: The over-earnest
“screw the haters” attitude is what makes it a Taylor song through and through.
It’s far too tame for 2014 Miley (though it would have been a slam dunk for
2008 “7 Things” Miley) and too aimless for Katy. But while it’s easy to be
skeptical about Taylor’s self-awareness, it’s also easy to get swept up in her
sheer enthusiasm. I have to believe that you can love “Shake It Off” and still
fancy yourself an intelligent listener who fell for the melody, not the modus
The hook is catchy. The rhythm is custom-made for a
jaunty morning walk or a casual treadmill run. Playlistically speaking, it’s
got great tan-to-party ratio, and it’s one of those rare jams that makes you
want to clean your room. As someone born in 1989, I’m not entirely sure that
Taylor is the sole artist I’d pick to freeze my birth year in auditory
carbonite, but that doesn’t mean I don’t unabashedly enjoy the haphazard fun of
her first foray into pop. With “Shake It Off,” Taylor wants you to remember
that she’s our last remaining link to an era of Gap commercials and
B*Witched—or, if not the last remaining link, at least the most mainstream one.
Let’s talk about that video. It’s totally a Gap commercial—I was mildly
surprised when Lena Horne didn’t show up to scat until I remembered she died in
2010. And while I have plenty of nostalgia for the era Swift is tapping into, I
don’t need her to be my conduit into it. Swift is arguably the most powerful
pop presence in the United States, and her worldwide reach continues to extend.
She has bottomless reserves of money, cultural cache, critical fawning, and a
rapidly growing fan base that seems to stick with her at every turn. So while I
don’t need Taylor Swift to go ahead and record whatever her Kid A would be,
“Shake It Off” feels like a reductive step back. Taylor Swift is already a pop
star, and she did it on her own terms. Why would she suddenly feel the need to
play in well-trod sandboxes?
Also, you’re telling me at no point did somebody tap
Taylor on the shoulder and say, “Maybe rapping isn’t for you”?
The video definitely has its flaws. Aside from crab girl, I’m moderately
embarrassed for most of the dancers in the “everyone express yourself” portion.
And if this is in fact Swift’s answer to P!nk’s “Stupid Girls“—which I glean
based on both the pop culture jabs and the spoken-word breakdown that you call
“rap”—I have to wonder why the satire is just a few layers too light to really
make any sort of statement. (Also, Natalie Portman—why??)
But, Kyle, I will end with this: I get it. I’m playing
right into Swift’s scheme to be seen as that quirky, fun-loving everygirl.
She’s goofy and silly! She loves laughing and love and light! She dances alone
in her room and spends Friday nights doing her nails and listening to the Spice
Girls! The stars, they’re just like us! But I’m perfectly okay throwing my
enthusiasm behind “Shake It Off.” It impels you dance, and hell if I’m going to
go against that directive. There are two types of people: people who get a
shiny red balloon and want to poke a hole in it, and people who get a shiny red
balloon and lose their minds because they’ve just been given a shiny red
balloon that, sure, might look similar to other shiny red balloons from
memories past, but is still a shiny red balloon in the here and now. And who
doesn’t love a damn balloon?
I want to hang out with people who are just like me, I’ll actually go and do
that. (Both of my friends share the same interests as I do, which include
muting “Shake It Off.”) Here’s my fundamental problem with the song: If this is
who Taylor Swift really is, and we’re meant to take everything in “Shake It
Off” at face value, then not only do I not want to spend any time with her, I
also feel cheated. This weakens her past work, which I always perceived as
being genuinely honest. If Swift is merely playing a blown-up pop character,
then the song isn’t nearly big enough to justify its existence in 2014—not with
the sheer number of qualified starlets we have currently filling the airwaves.
What I really want from Swift is an album (or even just a
song) that genuinely reflects her current place in the universe as a
privileged, protected pop star. She and her team go to such insane lengths to
protect her “Aw, shucks!” demeanor that it has drifted cartoonishly far away
from who she really, truly is: A super-rich twenty-something who is under no
circumstances a victim or an underdog. I don’t want to hear stories about how
much fame hurts, because we’ve heard that before. But if she really wants to
steal the dancing and cadences from the hip-hop world, she might as well jack
the braggadocio as well. “Shake It Off” isn’t the red balloon. It’s the
weightless, empty air that fills it up: easily dissipated, easily taken for
granted, easily burned off.
I’m not mad because “Shake It Off” is a bad song (because
it isn’t)—I’m mad because Taylor Swift has every opportunity, and she’s not
particularly interested in doing anything interesting with them.August 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm #398366
I love the new song. It’s so cute as well as the video.
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Daddy’s Home - St VincentAugust 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm #398367
This song is catchy but it’s so bad at the same time. The rap part…..ugh.August 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm #398368
I like that Taylor announced this will be a pure pop album. Those arguments can be left behind. The song is fun and will be popular, but this song is taking away Taylor’s greatest strength–her songwriting. I get the exploring aspect and I think it’s great that she chooses to “experiement.” But this is nothing but another generic, fun pop song. It takes away any uniqueness there was to Taylor Swift. I agree with Kyle’s first response in the EW article. It sounds like anyone could record this song.
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