Review: Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” and “Ready for It”

12-year-old me was a huge Taylor Swift fan. Six years and three TS albums later, I still am, but I have to admit that my view of her music is slightly more jaded. On Friday, Nov. 10, Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album “Reputation,” and I was beyond excited; I mean, it’s been three years since “1989.” In the month leading up to the release of her album, she released the music videos for two of her singles, “Look What You Made Me Do” and “Ready for It.”

In the loud, bold video for “Look What You Made Me Do,” Swift wants the world to know that “the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now…cause she’s dead.”  From the gravestone for her reputation at the start of the video, to her sneering “there she goes playing the victim again” at the 2008 “You Belong with Me” version of herself at the end, everything about this video portrays her as the victim. Don’t get me wrong, I love Swift’s talent, but all I got from this video was that there are some things that even she can’t get over – most noticeably, her 2016 feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

“Ready for It” is much better, in my opinion. In this video, there are two versions of Taylor Swift; a trapped, cyborg-esque version, and her evil twin, dressed in all black, standing outside of the glass cage she’s trapped in. With lyrics like “In the middle of the night, in my dreams/ You should see the things we do, baby,” the melody to this song is one of her best ones to date. The message that she seems to be conveying is also much stronger; it’s about her struggle to break free from other people’s perceptions of her. On top of all that, “Ready for It” is also pretty catchy; this is the Swift that I know and like.

 

Jessie Ngo

Staff Blogger

Picture: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/taylor-swift-unveils-album-title-reputation-cover-release-date-w499201

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