Yeah, I Heard About You: a Review of Taylor Swift’s Reputation

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the second half of 2017 (and I don’t blame you one teensy bit for wanting to,) then you will know that Taylor Swift released her 6th studio album in November. It’s no secret that I ADORE Tay, and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed by Reputation.

I will admit that I became a fan of T-Swift pretty late in her career. I was on the band wagon with all the haters who think that not singing along with her catchy tunes somehow makes them more clever and discerning than the rest of us. But, I wised up to 1989. That’s not to say that I didn’t know all of the words to “Love Story” by heart and that I didn’t belt out the words to “You Belong With Me,” every time it was on the radio. Because I am guilty of both counts. I was also guilty of endlessly criticizing everything about her when I was with my friends because I wanted to make sure that I was just as cool and aloof as they were. Now, I don’t bother with the pretext. I HEART T.S. and I don’t care who knows.

One of the things that I admire about Taylor Swift, is her artistry. I know I am going to lose so many of you by using the words “Taylor Swift” and “artistry” in the same sentence, but bear with me. I have long maintained that one of the hallmarks of a good artist is to be able to learn, grow, and acquire new skills. If, as an artist, one stops learning then one also stops being relevant and can never hope to again create interesting art. This is particularly true of the rapidly changing music industry. That’s something that Taylor Swift knows, and something that she has exhibited time and again. Reputation does just this. It shows us a new side of Taylor Swift, while simultaneously telling the world she doesn’t care what we think. And why should she? Obviously she’s getting something right here, with Reputation selling 1.2 million copies in the first week alone.

Reputation is a departure from her previous 5 albums. After all, the “old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now” and we all know why. It features new sounds, heretofore unheard on a Taylor Swift album and the results are all together quite pleasing. Shocking, no doubt to her long-time fans, but interesting none the less. My favorites include “End Game,” “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” “I Did Something Bad,” “Ready for It,” and of course “Look What You Made Me Do.” Honey, I am so glad you rose up from the dead, this is your best album to date.


Author: Lee Ann Fryman

Lee Ann is a poet, fiction writer, and blogger located in Lexington, Kentucky. She received an MA in English from Northern Kentucky University, and has BAs in Theatre and English from Morehead State University.

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