Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” Up for Debate

Pop artist's sixth album released met with controversy from critics

Pop artist Taylor Swift drops her sixth album,

Pop artist Taylor Swift drops her sixth album, "Reputation," instigating a swarm of controversial responses from critics. It rose to the Top-Selling Album of 2017 within the first week of its release.

Lauren Hollin, Staff Writer

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“Snake.”
“She’s the equivalent to the earthly, slithering reptile that caused the fall of man.”
“Taylor Swift needs to stop playing the victim all the time.”
Taylor Swift’s reputation has been warped, stained, and stabbed by her big enemies in the industry. Her name has be torn down like an old building that needs to be replaced.
Swift’s latest album, released on Nov. 10, has critics shredding her with two emotions: the love of Swift adventuring out of her comfort stye in music or the hatred for Swift having the audacity to change her music style. Even some fans have jumped onto the other side of the fence, claiming Reputation is nothing like the good ol’ day Taylor Swift, and the album is just way too different for their liking. However, true fans say you have to adjust to the artists change of music. You can’t expect someone to stay the same forever. People also fail to realize that Taylor was only 15 when she released Taylor Swift, her first album. She is now 27 and it would be ludicrous to think she’s still the same as 15 year old Taylor, singing about staying quiet on the phone because her mama doesn’t know she’s up that late.
Taylor now writes music about other things that have affected her life over the years. On new album, one song is dedicated to an ongoing beef between Kanye and Kim. This feud started back in 2009, when Kanye interrupted Taylor’s speech after her win at the VMA’s. Taylor and Kanye made up and were friends, until 2016 when Kanye released his album ‘Life of Pablo’ where his song, Famous, references Taylor … “I feel like me and Taylor might still have EXPLICIT/ Why? I made that EXPLICIT famous.”
During a phone conversation the Kardashians recorded without Taylor’s consent, Kanye claims Taylor was aware of the lyrics, arguing Taylor knew when he called to ask if he could mention her in a song. Taylor said he never told her what the lyrics would be, and that if she had known, she would’ve never agreed to it. Taylor threatened to sue Kanye for recording the call.
This is all important, because in Taylor’s song This Why We Can’t Have Nice Things she totally slams the West family when she says:
“It was so nice being friends again
There I was giving you a second chance
But then you stabbed my back while shaking my hand
And therein lies the issue, friends don’t try to trick you
Get you on the phone and mind-twist you
And so I took an axe to a mended fence
But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately, mmm-mmm
If only you weren’t so shady”
What a burn, right? This is not the only cleverly written song. Much of Swift’s new album centers around boyfriend Joe Alwyn. By the end, I felt like I was dating him too. Reputation reveals he’s the reason she was M.I.A for a year.
Yes, this album is very different from all the rest, but it’s still Taylor, the artist who can make anything into a hit. Undoubtedly, there will be several hits from Reputation. Change is good. The new Taylor would like her critics to understand this. Although she has now made it to where you can stream her new album, I would still say this album is worth the money.

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