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    I’m probably the only person who really loves reputation and can argue for it being her best album…

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    Anyone know why reputation didn’t work though? It had good songs the flow just didn’t work

    The lyrics were the biggest problem IMO.

    She tried to frame herself as either the “bad guy” in situations where she really wasn’t, and we all know Taylor Swift can’t pull off being “intimidating”. That happens on songs like LWYMMD, Ready for It?, and SPECIALLY the atrocious This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (which is her worst song by faaaaaaaaar). The only place where I believe it sorta works is I Did Something Bad, which is ruined by some very bad production.

    The other problem is that, the love songs are just simply not 1989 levels of pop. Gorgeous feels amateur (and again, Jack Antonoff delivers mid-tier production), Dress is extremely unsexy, New Year’s Day is boring, and King of My Heart feels like if Lauren Daigle and Flume tried to make a love song and failed.

    The songs that do work, though, are very. VERY good IMO. Delicate is a piece of tropical-house mixed with her usual pop flavour, and a very interesting and nonchalant vibe lyrically. The lyrics are so relaxed and paint Swift as the “popstar who just wants to chill”, which feels authentic.

    Don’t Blame Me and Dancing With Our Hands Tied work in a very dark, yet potent vibe. I love how Lorde-esque the lyrics of DWOHT feel, and Don’t Blame Me also works in the context of a husky love song.

    Overall, I feel like reputation failed in being earnest. This is why I feel like critics didn’t like it as much as something like thank u, next (which, let’s be honest, was Ariana Grande course-correcting for her complicated life drama), or even something like Lemonade. Both of those albums feel like those women are taking control of their narrative, while reputation felt like Taylor pretending to be something she’s not.

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    Am I the only one who actually likes I did something bad’s production?

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    At this point, the year is so weak that a new Taylor Swift single feels like a godsend.

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    Reputation’s problem isn’t the critics lol. It received generally favorable reviews. And either way she doesn’t need the critics to have a successful era.

    Fearless and 1989 had 73, 76 respectively. Reputation was just 2 points lower than Fearless.

    Commercial performance-wise, the singles didn’t deliver. LWYMMD would’ve been a bigger hit if it had a better chorus. End Game was a terrible single choice. And Delicate falls flat.

    Grammy-wise, the voters are known for not liking personal-feud themed songs/records.

    The new album seems to be love/positivity themed which is a step in the right direction. If it’s more successful than Reputation (in terms of longevity for the singles), she’s got at least Best Pop Album and Best Pop Solo Performance in the bag. The latter could go to Gaga, but while I think she can beat Ariana/Billie, I’m not as sure she can potentially beat good songs from TS.

     

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    Am I the only one who actually likes I did something bad’s production?

    Jared, that was a bop off that album that I consistently listened to a little too much.

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    As a body of work it isn’t my favorite album of hers but overall it’s definitely an enjoyable listen.

    If we’re talking commercial performance, I don’t think this era was as much of a slam dunk as others because people weren’t resonating with the narrative she provided in her singles (as others have said). It may have seemed disingenuous. LWYMMD for instance didn’t have much to offer expect its shock value (and its frankly incredible music video), so it dropped pretty quickly. Whereas people could connect with the message of songs like Delicate, and it showed.

    In an ideal world, I Did Something Bad would’ve been the lead; Don’t Blame Me, Getaway Car, Dancing With Our Hands Tied, and of course Delicate would be among others. It would’ve felt more as though she was aiming to expand upon 1989’s adult pop sound.

    And although End Game wasn’t a huge success, I don’t see any alternate timeline where it isn’t a single. It’s seemingly included for that sole purpose.

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    the charm of taylor swift has always been in the fact that she takes pieces from her own life and stitches them into an illusion that feels universal, reputation is none of that, she still knows how to work a pop melody but she flaunts her superstardom in an almost immature way, comparing “this is why we can’t have nice things” and “innocent” it’s wild to think she wrote the latter when she was 20

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    Honey, it’s a wrap. No one is checking for Taylor Swift.

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    John_White38
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    Honey, it’s a wrap. No one is checking for Taylor Swift.

    Honey, can you stop? NO ONE is checking for miss XTina! Taylor knows what she’s doing, she is COMING BACK!!!

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    Reputation’s problem isn’t the critics lol. It received generally favorable reviews. And either way she doesn’t need the critics to have a successful era.

    Fearless and 1989 had 73, 76 respectively. Reputation was just 2 points lower than Fearless.

    Commercial performance-wise, the singles didn’t deliver. LWYMMD would’ve been a bigger hit if it had a better chorus. End Game was a terrible single choice. And Delicate falls flat.

    Grammy-wise, the voters are known for not liking personal-feud themed songs/records.

    The new album seems to be love/positivity themed which is a step in the right direction. If it’s more successful than Reputation (in terms of longevity for the singles), she’s got at least Best Pop Album and Best Pop Solo Performance in the bag. The latter could go to Gaga, but while I think she can beat Ariana/Billie, I’m not as sure she can potentially beat good songs from TS.

    We’ll see this April 26.

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    Honey, it’s a wrap. No one is checking for Taylor Swift.

    Gucci, everytime you say something, the opposite happens. If I were you, I’d just start saying the opposite of what you want, starting by saying that everyone is checking for Taylor Swift.

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    @gucci/Xtina/whatever name u want to go by: The amount of time you give to hating her is funny. Find something more productive to do perhaps?

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    MiguelTwentyFive
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    My forecast for TS7 lead single:
    -It will be produced by Max Martin and Shellback
    -The title of her lead single could be Angels.
    -Potential #1 hit in 2019 song of the summer music chart.
    -What it may sound like? Shape of You 2.0 or Red/1989 vibes or Blank Space 2.0
    -Monster #1 debut in Billboard Hot 100
    -Could snatch Record of the Year and/or Song of the Year in 2020 Grammys if it sounds good.

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    Gucci
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    Honey, Taylor Swift’s new song will NOT snatch Record of the Year and/or Song of the Year. Delusional!!!

    That bitch needs to stop working with Max Martin. BARF!

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