We Listened To Taylor Swifts "Reputation" And Have A Lot To Say About I️t

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1. “…Ready For It?”

Jemima: When I first heard “RFI” I loved it but wasn’t totally sold. It’s so different from everything we’re used to from Taylor, and my debut album-loving heart just wanted some good ol’ country Swift. But now I’m more accustomed to her new sound I’m so into it, and it’s such a good opener for the album. “Let the games begin” really sets the scene for how much this album is going to fuck everyone up. She knows she’s about to get a lot of criticism no matter what, and she’s ready for it. Meanwhile, I am not.

Kristin: When I first heard the chorus I broke down, it’s classic Taylor (but more I’m-an-adult-having-sex Taylor) and I screamed at my phone in the middle of a restaurant over a bowl of pasta. I was both simultaneously not ready for it and ready for it. “Wonder how many girls he had loved and left haunted” — this lyric is perfect, please tattoo this on my forehead.

Jen: Taylor clearing her throat at the beginning is still my favorite lyric of the song. Taylor raps… I don’t hate it, but honestly still don’t love it. But you know what? It gets me AMPED and ready to take on the world and it was our first hint that the old Taylor was probably not actually dead at all.

Ellie B: The first time I heard this song, I was in an airport about to get on a plane and I listened to it on repeat for the entire flight. It was my favourite single for a good few weeks, mostly because the chorus throws it back to Tay's classic style, and I was worried we wouldn't get any of that after “LWYMMD”.

Ellie W: Unlike “Look What You Made Me Do,” I liked this track immediately when it was released. The chorus, which is classic old school Taylor, gave me ~mature~ “Wildest Dreams” vibes, while the verses are her new sound. The combination really shouldn’t work, but totally does. Also, that final chant of “Let the games begin” is so perfect it gives me goosebumps each time.

Ryan: The bridge. The bridge. The bridge. When the bass drops and I heard, “Baby, let the games begin. Let the games begin,” I felt a Rocky-level rush of adrenaline. I love this song and will continue to pray for all the rap careers that were ended thanks to the first two verses.

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2. “End Game”

Jemima: This is… different. I’m still recovering from Kendrick’s verse on “Bad Blood” so it might take me a while to come around on this. I LOVE the lyrics which are always the best drawcard of a Swift song. “Your handprint’s on my soul” is such a beautiful, classic Taylor lyric. It’s weird to hear it in this context but I can’t say I hate it.

Kristin: Ok first things first, before I even hit play: WE GOT A DAMN SWEERAN TRACK. As soon as she said “I wanna be your A-Team” I SCREAMED. Like honestly, my friends were like what is wrong with you (to which I say, Are you even an Ed Sheeran fan????). With all that aside, it’s not my *favorite* track — I was expecting more “Everything Has Changed” vibes that would make me sob, like, we’re both in love with people and love is beautiful and cool and great. But we got a Taylor + Ed + Future collab and I’m not gonna complain. I also appreciate her Tumblr-esque shipping lingo.

Jen: I wanted to love this song, I really did. It’s the “Reputation” track and the Ed Sheeran collab we’ve all been waiting for, but I hate to say that it just didn’t really do it for me. I wanted so much more. *listens to “Everything Has Changed” on repeat for the rest of time*

Ellie B: The first time I listened to that I wasn't all that into it, but I'm slowly coming around – it's definitely a new kind of music for Taylor, but some of the lyrics are beautiful. And that bridge!!!! Pls.

Ellie W: Sorry, I’m really not sold on this. It felt too much as though she was cramming each expected theme of the album – Reputation! Enemies! Drama chasing her! – into one song with a catchy sound-bite name. Maybe it’s a grower.

Ryan: I love a good hater song. I feel like this song is “Shake It Off” on crack. Right off the bat, Taylor is owning a few things: she’s got a reputation, she’s got enemies, and she knows people talk about her. And then towards the end, I feel like the whole album is really encapsulated with the lyrics: “I bury hatchets, but I keep maps of where I put ‘em…I swear I don’t love the drama, it loves me.”

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3. “I Did Something Bad”

Jemima: OH MY GOD she said “shit” and I hate how fucking excited that made me. There’s something about this song that I love, though I can’t put my finger on what exactly. It’s just making me really happy and now I’m crying excited tears. Also guys, not to alarm you, but this is going to be SO GOOD LIVE. Just imagine how she’s going to stage this on the rep tour, I reckon it’ll be “Blank Space” vibes with the smoke machines and the light flashes. Oh lord. LIGHT ME UP literally same.

Kristin: Hoooooly shit. My first question: why the hell wasn’t this a single??? This song is a true damn bop, it’s so good I wanna cancel all my Friday night plans and endlessly dance around my living room to it for seven hours. Also I’d personally like to request a 3-second loop of her saying “If i could” to listen to for the remainder of my life. “They’re burning all the witches even if you aren’t one, so light me up”—IDGAF Taylor is my favorite Taylor.

Jen: This, to me, is the true beginning of Reputation and it’s a fucking bop. There are also so many quotable lyrics here that belong all over Tumblr: “You gotta leave before you get left” and “If he spends my change, then he had it coming.” And the way her voice slides on, “If iiiiiiiiii could.” I die.

Ellie B: I am living for the implied Tayvin/Hiddleswift shade in this song and I cannot wait to walk down the street dramatically miming the chorus as if I just killed a man.

Ellie W: OHHHH SHIIIIIT she really dropped that “S” bomb. I feel like this track sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s from the perspective of a darker, more mature, zero fucks given Taylor and I am here for it.

Ryan: In this song, we meet “I don’t give a fuck Taylor.” She doesn’t trust narcissists, she doesn’t trust playboys, and she doesn’t really care if you have a problem with her saying the word “shit.” LOVE IT.

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4. “Don't Blame Me”

Jemima: Oh God I have goosebumps all over from this song. I’m listening to it and I feel like it’s going straight through my ears into my soul if that makes sense. I want to play this at full volume while lying on the floor and crying???? Holy shit I’m obsessed with this. It reminds me a lot of Delta Goodrem’s “The River” which you all need to go listen to right now if you like “Don't Blame Me”.

Kristin: Okay, damn. This is like if Hozier and Taylor Swift had a baby that moved to a cabin in the woods and exclusively drank whiskey. This song is sexy and brooding and when she goes up on “daisy” I kinda wanna faint??? I fucking love this.

Jen: This is an entirely new Taylor sound, and I’m obsessed. Can’t wait to hear it on every single Shondaland promo for the rest of time, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Ellie B: I am most definitely here for the darker, slow sound of the verses here, and I love the lyrics, but the chorus is…not for me. NEXT!

Ellie W: This was the first song that really made me ~feel~ things. The chorus is amazing and the use of the choir just works so well. Also, I’m sorry but the “I get so high!/Trip of my life!’ refrain that just builds and builds is So. On. Point.

Ryan: USING FOR THE REST OF MY LI— OOhOOhh! cured my anxiety, paid off half of my students of loans, and made me a better person. If you’re one of those assholes who says Taylor can’t sing, listen to this song and the ad-libs. Iconic.

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5. “Delicate”

Jemima: Uh, is anyone else hella excited every time they hear her say “reputation”? This song is very Imogen Heap and I’m OBSESSED. Almost like a sexy, darker cousin to “Clean”. Not to sound weird but hearing Taylor sing about sex is my new religion. I love that this song actually sounds ~delicate~. Somehow she’s perfectly nailed the feeling of a new relationship and now I want to weep in the shower.

Kristin: In true Taylor fashion, she flawlessly captures the literal exact words and thoughts running through your mind the first few anxiety-ridden weeks of dating someone new. “Is it cool that I said all that? Is it chill that you’re in my head? Is it too soon to do this yet?” SAME.

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Jen: “My reputation’s never been worse, so he must like me for me” is a lyric that so simply and eloquently encapsulates Taylor’s entire career and it’s so sweet and sad at the same time. Joe, DO NOT HURT HER.

Ellie B: This was one of the songs I was most excited to hear based solely on the track list and damn, I was not disappointed. It's such a gentle bop and I am getting Queen Carly Rae Jepsen vibes. Don't @ me!!!

Ellie W: When the tracklist was released, I thought this was going to be a whimsical love song, but it’s really not. In fact, it perfectly captures both the flirtation and anxiety of the early stages of a relationship, when you’re unsure how you should be feeling, what you should be saying, or whether it’s going to work out but you're trying to just go with it anyway. The lyric “Sometimes when I look into your eyes/ I pretend you’re mine” is too real in that context.

Ryan: This song has a lyric that I immediately need framed: “We can't make any promises now, can we, babe, but you can make me a drink.” Amazing.

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6. “Look What You Made Me Do”

Jemima: I’ll never forget the feeling the day that we first heard it, getting new Taylor music for the first time in FOREVER. I sat on my bedroom floor and scream-cried. And don't even get me started on the video. It’s such a clever, well written and well produced song that every time I listen to it, I love it a little more.

Kristin: I love a good stunt-y single, and this track is exactly that. When the music video dropped, I too dropped to the fucking floor. Like actually I gasped about 73 times. And after listening to this on repeat for the past few weeks, I’m still a fan. (Although, not thrilled about the old Taylor dying because I’m not ready to let go of Red yet.)

Jen: Listen, “LWYMMD” is the exact song Taylor needed to release in that moment as the first single. It’s splashy, it’s campy, the music video was perfect. Is it the best song on Rep? Far from it. But I appreciate it for what it is.

Ellie B: I didn't looove this song when I first heard it, but it's a pretty typical lead single, and it was the first new Taylor we'd had in three years, so I listened to it repeatedly anyway. And guess what? It grew on me! Reading the lyrics as Taylor making fun of her past public personas makes it so much more enjoyable.

Ellie W: I was so unsure what to make of “LWYMMD” when I first heard it. In fact, I spent virtually a whole weekend on Tumblr trying to decode it. I also wasn’t sure what to make of it sonically either. There’s a part in the middle-eight where things feel like they’re about to really kick off, but then the chorus hits and it's so monotone. HOWEVER, the song began to make sense and then grew on me after the video dropped. It’s still not my favourite, but looking back it was definitely the best choice of comeback single.

Ryan: This was necessary. It created buzz. It got people talking. And most importantly, it let people know that she’s not going to be doing the same self-imposed rules anymore. And the video. Just hand her and Joseph Kahn the Grammy now. It’s brilliant — lavish, self-deprecatory, and fuckin’ badass.

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7. “So It Goes…”

Jemima: Uhhhh “I’m not a bad girl but I do bad things with you” has straight-up murdered me bye see ya its been nice please make sure you play reputation at my funeral. OH NO WAIT I KEPT LISTENING AND I HEARD “SCRATCHES DOWN YOUR BACK” NOW I’M REALLY DEAD. Guys I’m literally sitting on my bed cackling to myself I can’t deal.

Kristin: Daaaamn, T. “You know I’m not a bad girl but I do bad things with you.”

Jen: Remember back when we thought, “I’ll do anything you say, if you say it with your hands” was peak scandalous Taylor? Ha ha ha ha ha.

Ellie B: This didn't stand out to me on my first listen-through, but a few listens later I'm into it! Also, “scratches down your back now”? Damn, Tay.

Ellie W: It pains me to say it, but I’m pretty sure this is destined to be a “skip” track. I like the whispered “One, two, three,” and the outro is pretty good, but the rest of it is just a bit “meh.”

Ryan: “You did a number on me, but honestly baby who’s counting?” Her lyrics are so fkn clever. For anyone else this would be a standout lyric, but for Taylor, it’s just the norm.

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8. “Gorgeous”

Jemima: The first time I heard Gorgeous I was underwhelmed, it sounded to me just like every other song on the radio. But after watching the video of her writing it, I sheepishly had to backtrack when I realized how complex it is and how much thought she actually puts into every song. (I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.) I seriously LOVE it now but somehow I don't feel like it fits with everything else on this album?

Kristin: Listen don’t @ me, but these lyrics are not my fave. But after spending the past few weeks listening to it, it’s Good. I like it. The little ding sound makes me smile.

Jen: Gotta say, I’m a “Gorgeous” apologist. It’s been in my head a lot the past few weeks and it just makes me feel good.

Ellie B: The *ding* is everything to me.

Ellie W: I loved “Gorgeous” on first listen. Unlike “LWYMMD” and “RFI,” it felt more recognisably Taylor. I also love, love, love the final 30 seconds where “You make so happy it turns back to sad/ There’s nothing I hate more than what I can’t have” is repeated – it perfectly sums up the emotion of unrequited feelings.

Ryan: It felt very Avril Lavigne-y. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but I was waiting for a climax, or for it to pick-up a little more. Either way, still catchy AF and would’ve been any other singer’s, like, best song.

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9. “Getaway Car”

Jemima: Wow I’m already obsessed with this song. I’m seriously praying this is a single because I NEED a video clip for this masterpiece. The verses sound like they could belong on 1989, while the bridge sounds like a grown-up Speak Now track… I’m loving it. Thank God we have a breakup song on this album because my poor single heart wasn’t ready for non-stop love songs.

Kristin: Do you think Taylor Swift knows how much of a goddamn genius she is? Guys. GUYS. This song, these lyrics, her voice—I am, truly, at a loss for words. Aside from being three minutes and 53 seconds of perfection, it reminds me of a 2017 version of “Out of the Woods” which kinda feels like wrapping yourself in warm, familiar blanket.

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