There's tasteful, artful drama, and then there's petty, exhausting drama. As soon as I read the title of Taylor Swift
's new single, "...Ready For It?", the first thing I did was sigh and then wonder why she's gotta be so damn dramatic (if you couldn't tell, I find Swift's music to be the latter type of drama).
The song, which is the second official single from her upcoming album Reputation
out November 10, features a lot of rapping... Again. It also sounds like Swift is decidedly sticking with this darker approach, but the lackluster lyrics that sound like scraps from 1989
mixed with some bad gal cliches like "let the games begin" and "no one has to know" over an overproduced track get in the way of the listener buying this new attitude. Instead, I'm starting to think that inauthenticity is Swift's new aesthetic. Sure, her sound might have changed, but with the maturity of her storytelling rapidly declining, I still feel like I'm listening to 20 year old Taylor.