It’s time for another Tay-Tay Top Five! As we’re sticking in sequence, today is all about Reputation. I feel as though Reputation has well… a bad reputation compared to Taylor’s other albums. It was released following all the public feuds with the likes of Kanye West, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian; and while the Swifties themselves loved it (myself included), it was snubbed in general categories at the Grammy Awards (who can forget that goddamn heartbreaking scene in Miss Americana?). In my opinion though, Reputation was the first album to be released following me actually discovering my obsession with Taylor Swift (it originally started around late 2014 or so), so it was the first album of hers that I couldn’t wait to start listening to, and having followed the famous feuds, I was totally ready for her musical response to all of the beef.
Reputation is Taylor’s sixth studio album, and is said to signify her change in state of mind following those famous feuds. Prior to the album’s release, she cleared her social media accounts, and then subsequently released Look What You Made Me Do as the first single. The album as a whole has been said to convey two different themes – one being vengeance as a result of media gossip and fame, while the other is love amidst the drama. I’ll be honest, doing my research, I’ve found that Reputation isn’t exactly the favourite album among her fans, but actually, I bloody love it. It’s packed with attitude, it’s honest, and it’s the perfect thing to listen to when you’re pissed off with literally everyone.
Information correct at time of writing.
Release Date: 10th November 2017
Producers: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback
Label: Big Machine Records
Awards & Nominations:
American Music Awards – Favourite Rock/Pop Album 2018 (Won)
Billboard Music Awards – Top Billboard 200 Album 2018 (Nominated) and Top Selling Album 2018 (Won)
BreakTudo Awards – Album of the Year 2018 (Nominated)
ARIA Music Awards – Best International Artist 2018 (Nominated)
Juno Awards – International Album of the Year 2018 (Nominated)
Grammy Awards – Best Pop Vocal Album 2019 (Nominated)
My Top Five
- Getaway Car
- New Year’s Day
- Look What You Made Me Do
Honourable Mentions: …Ready For It?, Call It What You Want, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Getaway Car was instantly one of the songs on the album that I fell in love with. It’s dramatic, it tells a story, and it’s incredibly catchy. The song tells the story of leaving a doomed relationship for someone else and draws comparisons with Bonnie and Clyde and the escaping of a crime scene. It’s probably one of the best driving songs you will EVER listen to. I feel we should also draw attention to the scene in Miss Americana where Taylor is shown developing the lyrics in the studio, and it suddenly cuts to her performing the song during the Reputation stadium tour. Actual goosebumps.
New Year’s Day
Right at the very early stages of my blog, I listed New Year’s Day as one of my all-time favourite Taylor songs and I still stand by it. Looking at the aftermath of the traditional New Year’s Eve kiss, the song is about how the people who stick around to help clean up and pass you the (in my case) hangover Sprite the next morning are the ones who matter the most. It always makes me think about my friends and the good times we’ve had, and it reminds me of those mornings where you’re curled up on the sofa watching some shite TV and feeling horrendous, all the while thinking that it was a bloody good night that you’ve had. One of my favourite things that Taylor does in this song is the use of imagery to set the scene of the song, like “there’s glitter on the floor after the party” and “candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor,” it just seems to make the song feel more realistic and intimate.
Delicate is one of the songs on Reputation that I instantly took a liking to. I love the beat, the style and the lyrics of the song, which is all about expressing your vulnerability as you fall for someone. It’s quite a good dance track, but at the same time it’s also a song I love to listen to when I need to calm down. There’s also a gorgeous stripped back version on the Spotify Singles series that Taylor recorded, which I urge you to listen to if you like the original.
Look What You Made Me Do
There were mixed reviews when Look What You Made Me Do was released – some loved it, some hated it. I saw a number of people on social media slagging it off, so obviously, I deleted them. Not really. But it still pissed me off. I personally love everything about Look What You Made Me Do – it’s incredibly badass and it’s the perfect song to listen to when someone has pissed you off. Also, can we just draw some attention to the music video? It’s AMAZING. I love the attitude, the Easter eggs, the costumes, it’s just perfect. She’s a fucking QUEEN.
This one is just a goddamn bop. I’ve always loved Gorgeous, purely because I think we’ve all been there having a crush on someone to the point where you’re actually a bit pissed off about it (ahem…Paul Mescal). There’s no surprise that I also love the lyric “I guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats” – any song that gets a nod to Meredith and Olivia is a winner in my opinion.
I’ll admit – at first, it took me a while to get into Reputation. I think the main reason was purely down to the fact it was so different compared to Taylor’s other music, but of course that was the whole point of the album. The more I listened to it, the more the songs grew on me, and while it’s not my favourite out of the Taylor Swift albums, I still love it. I have quite a few honourable mentions, the first being …Ready For It? It’s the perfect song to listen to when you’re getting yourself psyched up (I used to love playing it on my drive to work), and my secret talent is probably being able to rap the verses word for word. Lillie recently filmed me doing it on Snapchat during our bottomless brunch and it genuinely haunts me, but I’m proud of the fact I can do it. Call It What You Want is also another song I feel needs a mention, because I love the lyrics especially, and I have a whole new respect for it after seeing footage of her playing it on guitar in Miss Americana, filmed by BF Joe Alwyn. Finally, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things is another song that’s well played on my “people are dicks” playlist. The song references the famous Kim & Kanye feud and I’m sure anyone who’s ever been stabbed in the back by “friends” will relate. I also love the performance of it on the Reputation Stadium Tour.
While we’re on the topic of the Stadium Tour, I feel this has a lot of influence on why I love this album so much. Of course I didn’t actually watch it on Netflix until probably a year after it released, but watching each performance just made me realise how awesome the album is and just how incredibly talented Taylor is as a singer, songwriter and performer. That opening sequence where she first appears on stage and begins singing …Ready For It? Is one I’ll never forget, and I’m genuinely sad I never got to see the show in real life. I tell you, the second she announces a UK tour, I will be sitting and refreshing my laptop until those tickets go on sale and I will willingly sell my house for them. Okay that’s a bit extreme. But in all seriousness, I will have several electronic devices in front of me so I can buy tickets and I will willingly allow my credit card to take a battering for it
Anyway, back to the album itself. As mentioned, I wouldn’t say that Reputation is my all time favourite of the Taylor Swift albums, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it. It’s a fantastic album packed with attitude, and it’s also a big middle finger towards the haters.
What did you think of Reputation? Let me know in the comments!