Album Review: ‘reputation’ by Taylor Swift


Album Review: ‘reputation’ by Taylor Swift

By Lauren Carlton

After transitioning from country to pop in 2014, followed by a three-year break from the public eye and releasing new music, Taylor Swift dropped her sixth studio album, reputation, Nov. 10. 

This was the longest break Swift has taken between albums, but the quality of reputation shows the wait was well-warranted. The album’s first half explores Swift’s darker, angstier side while most of the second half has a lighter, more gentle tone and tells her story of finally finding real love. 

Despite the album continuing to explore the pop genre, each track is unique with its own melodies, synth beats and lyrics. Slower tracks like “Don’t Blame Me” and “So It Goes…” share Swift’s sexy side with her sultry vocals and lyrics like, “you know I’m not a bad girl, but I do bad things with you.”

On the other hand, songs like “I Did Something Bad” reveal Swift’s edgy side and showcase raspy vocals. She gracefully switches gears to an alternative-pop style with the track “Getaway Car.” Swift brings back sexy lyrics like “only bought this dress so you could take it off,” with a light-hearted, pure pop piece titled “Dress.” Another notable track is “End Game,” which features rapper Future and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. All three artists rap thier own verses on the track and bring their own unique style. 

The overall theme of Swift’s reputation, good or bad, echoes throughout the album, and since every track is distinct from one another, it will never get old.