Reputation – Taylor Swift Album Review (by Andre Kelly)

“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 doing better than I ever was….’

-Call It What You Want

I’ve been a fan of Taylor Swift’s from jump street and I can safely say that her sixth studio album and third Pop foray, Reputation is so very good that her critics will only continue to dislike her while her fans will fall even more madly in love. The album, certified Platinum in just four days, rivals her previous juggernaut 1989, an entire project that was created for radio. This collection, though not as instantly accessible, in parts, is more pensive and complex, it’s still very much a deeper, edgier, sexier and slightly darker successful project.

Of its 15 songs (mostly all produced by Max Martin), standouts include Future and Ed Sheeran’s confident and adroit “End Game,” the celebratory abandon of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied,” the oblique celebrity swipes of “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” the synth-laden, concussive, guilty pleasure of “I Did Something Bad,” the stripped-down Speak Now callback of “New Year’s Day” and my favorite, the hypnotic solace of “Call It What You Want” all close the deal. The rest of the overall streamlined, strumming, throbby Electro-Pop collection are catchy and current and will have you humming right along as you fall swiftly into formation.

by Andre Kelley