A Dad’s Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Reputation

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that my daughters (and me) are big Taylor Swift fans.  We’ve seen her in concert several times and one of my favorite “Dad” moments was getting a picture of Taylor, my daughters, and me.

I reviewed her 1989 album from a Dad’s perspective so I knew I wanted to use the same lens to tackle her Reputation album.

Of course, my daughters were excited about the album.  They had me waiting outside the Target nearest my office on release day to get both Target exclusive editions.

With two copies of Taylor Swift’s Reputation album in our house… I was able to snag one to listen to and review.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure of what to make of the album after hearing it the first time. I bordered on wanting to like it and thinking I should like it just because my daughters were in love with it.

The thing is… the more I listened to it… the more I began to love it.  It’s kind of like a pair of shoes that at first, you regret buying, but then becomes your favorite pair.

After several listens to this album I felt like every song is both “fresh” and “new” but also has a familiar feel.  Several times I caught myself trying to figure out what a particular part of a song reminded me of only to come up short.  Like I said… it’s familiar… but it’s new!

Taylor Swift’s Reputation album is definitely not country.  It’s a mixture of dance, electronica, hip-hop, and pop.  It’s the most mature album she’s done… which makes sense.  Taylor isn’t a child star anymore.  She’s a woman and sings about grown-up themes; love, loss, lust, hurt, betrayal, confusion, clarity, and personal awareness.

Even though there are adult topics covered on the album, Tayor writes her lyrics in such a way that I feel are “safe” for all ages.  There’s an “S bomb” and a “damn” in the album but that’s about it for lyrics that some parents might find questionable

It’s obvious that this is Taylor’s most personal album yet… and I think that’s probably why her biggest fans (like my daughters) will say that Reputation is their favorite Taylor Swift album to date.

Of the 15 songs on the album… here are a few of my favorites:

Are You Ready For It –  The album kicks off with a bang.  The beat, effects, and production of this song rock.

Look What You Made Me Do – The only thing more fun than this song is its’ video.  I love how Taylor was able to make fun of herself (and her critics) at the end.

Gorgeous – The thing I noticed first about this song and what I love the most is the use of the triangle in it. It’s a simple instrument addition to a very slickly produced track

Dress – A co-worker described this song as “sexy and seductive”.  She was right.  That describes this song perfectly.

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things – I included this one because it’s one of my oldest’s favorites on the album.

New Year’s Day – This is my favorite song on the album.  It’s the most stripped down, simple song of the 15 tracks and is the perfect way to close out the album.  Even though she declared that “the old Taylor is dead” in Look What You Made Me Do… it’s obvious to me in this song that the old Taylor might not be dead… but just in a coma.

Have you heard Taylor Swift’s Reputation album? What are your thoughts? What are your favorite songs on it?

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