“I’m sorry the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? .. Oh, cuz she’s dead!”
Has Taylor Swift taken control of the narrative that is being created around her? If you ask her loyal fan base, the answer is yes. I mean, if you ask her loyal fan base, Taylor Swift is the most dragged celebrity ever; because apparently we’ve all forgotten the media takedown of Britney Spears in 2007 and Janet Jackson after the Superbowl. Anyway, if you listen to her latest single, “Look What You Made Me Do”, it’s evident that controlling the narrative is exactly what Taylor Swift is trying to do. Though I understand the statement she is attempting to make with this song; need I remind you that she actively participates in the narrative, even when she’s pretending not to?
It is impossible to discuss Taylor Swift’s music without taking her personal life into consideration; she consistently makes it a point to make statements out of her songs and “Look What You Made Me Do” is no different. My appreciation for Taylor’s music doesn’t cloud my judgement about the persona she proclaims to be. I’d honestly appreciate her a lot more if she decided to embrace the bad ass bitch that she is, but she cushions her bad-assery with statements of “It’s not my fault, it’s you … look what you made me do”. My aim is to steer my little music website away from becoming a gossip site, so I will say that with your friend Google you can find all of the times Taylor has actively destroyed another person. The point being; this song is catchy as hell and though I appreciate the shade within the lyrics, I’d like us to transition into a bad-ass Taylor Swift era where she refuses to play the victim and owns every imperfection in her being. Will her upcoming album, Reputation, contain the empowered bad-ass female that we need Taylor Swift to be?
In terms of the song itself; I thoroughly enjoyed it. She’s taken the essence of “Blank Space” and has given us a version of herself that may surprise her younger fans. Though she stumbles through the part where she needs to take full responsibility for her part in the narrative around her, she essentially finds the means for survival in the public eye with this song. As a consistent listener of “Blank Space” I appreciated the lyrics that connected the two songs:
I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me
I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
The lyrics in “Look What You Made Me Do” contain one-liners that you’ll be using to subtweet your frenemy. The chorus is catchy, though immensely repetitive and if you listen closely you’ll start to hear, “I’m too sexy for my shirt, I’m too sexy for my shirt” (I’m so sorry, now you won’t be able to un-hear it). The music behind the song is different from anything we’ve heard from her before; though if you believed the rumors about her dabbling in R&B, this song may disappoint.
But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!
With a fan base like Taylor’s, there’s no denying that this song is already deemed a hit. Her sixth album, Reputation, is highly anticipated and I’d be completely lying if I didn’t admit that excitement flew through my entire body as I listened to “Look What You Made Me Do” for the first time. So whether you love her or hate her, I guarantee you’ll be hearing this song everywhere you turn. I hope you like getting songs stuck in your head.