The moment we (or just Kiki and Indy of WTF Weekly) have all been waiting for: Taylor Swift
has returned... With a desperate attempt to stay controversial and relevant. "No, I don't like you," she repeats in the verses. "I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined," she continues. I'm not really digging all of these threats and honestly, I'm feeling a little attacked right now.
Swift recently announced her new album Reputation
, which will be released on November 10th. Clearly it will be an album of reinvention - and this single, "Look What You Made Me Do," tends to be the first stab at said rebirth - but all I'm really seeing is typical Taylor Swift. She's trying to go from awkward dancing, acoustic guitar slinging country princess to dark synth-pop devil, but the song is barely dark. It's typical 1989
Taylor, with cheesy metaphors ("I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams") and drama ("All I think about is karma"). Not even the good kind of drama though, like Lorde's Melodrama
- drama about love and life, not about vengeance. Taylor's drama reeks more of "I only threw my peanut butter and jelly sandwich at Carla because she started it first!!!"
This feels like she's trying to sit with the cool kids. This feels like she's been listening to too much "Bitch Better Have My Money." This feels like Regina George's mom when she was trying to party with her teenage daughter's friends.
"I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? 'Cause she's dead!" She exclaims in the bridge. But the "old Taylor" is very much still here. She is still writing anthems for middle school girls, and although she's not throwing shade at anyone specifically, she is still using her past feuds as the focal point of her career. Instead of harping on the negative, why not be the bigger person and write a song about moving on, or about not letting toxic people affect you? Whether or not I'm a Swiftie, that is definitely an idea I'd get behind, because it looks like all of this high school drama between Taylor and Katy isn't doing good things for either
of their careers.
Also much like "old Taylor," she is once again - you guessed it - the victim. *Sigh*.
No one made you do anything, Taylor.
"You girls keep me young. Ugh, I love ya so much!"