Taylor Swift's New Song 'New Year's Day' Is Somewhat Promising
    • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017

    • Posted by: Maddie Brown

    Okay, I admit it. Taylor Swift gets props for her new song, "New Year's Day." It's a nice departure from the petty superficiality that she so often projects in her music. Yesterday, a video aired during a break of ABC's Scandal, where handpicked fans surrounded Taylor in a candlelit room for a Secret Sessions performance. Taylor played piano and sang the closing track off of her new album Reputation.

    The intimate ballad explores the journey with her beau on New Year's Day. She sets the tone of the aftermath of a seemingly wild night celebration "There's glitter on the floor after the party / Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby / Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor." The song evokes emotional nostalgia, with lyrics "Hold on to the memories / They will hold on to you." The melody elicits something hopeful and heartwarming, feelings that are uncharacteristic of her most recent singles.

    Now, let's not get carried away. I'm not saying Taylor Swift has won me over, but after subpar singles "Gorgeous," "...Ready For It?" and "Look What You Made Me Do," this song is certainly refreshing to listen to. She showed some promise with the more vulnerable "Call It What You Want," and with the latest "New Year's Day," I haven't lost all faith. She excels with raw storytelling, not shallow melodrama.

    All of these songs come off of her sixth studio album Reputation, available for purchase today.

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