It’s been 10 days since my reputation tour and it’s taken me this long to put into words the impact of seeing Taylor live after 3 years. I’ve been a Swiftie since I was 16, and now at 28, the only thing that’s changed is the admiration I have for Taylor. From her self-titled debut album to reputation, I grew up with each era she released. When all my friends changed from year to year, Taylor was the one constant I had. Her music was always there when I needed it.
All of us at The New Nine have some pretty eclectic music taste, so album of the year can be difficult. Since the year is now coming to an end, our contributors weigh-in on their top albums of the year.
TS6. The start of a new Taylor Swift era; another in which she reinvents herself, her music and her, dare I say it: reputation. Taylor is known for this kind of practice, and it’s an effective one – for months, this time years, we’ve all been on the edge of our seats waiting to see who the new Taylor is going to be.
“Our Song” was a cute one. The Fearless and Red albums were my jams. I loved them and felt decently about Taylor Swift herself. Circle back to the MTV Video Music Awards for that moment in history where that one thing happened with that Kanye West guy and I felt bad for her. I still loved Kanye, but I felt a bad for her. Then the Kanye/TSwift drama continued. Are they cool? Are they not cool? Oh they’re cool again! Wait. Kanye has a line in his song and suddenly they aren’t cool. Kanye confirmed something about Taylor, Taylor denied it, Kim K gave video evidence proving that it was true. Now Taylor has made herself the victim.
So maybe she’s dated her fair share of guys. Who hasn’t? She’s made plenty of frenemies. Yeah, again, who hasn’t? We all have our opinions on what she should and shouldn’t do. So when the announcement of her single and album all dropped in the same week, Swifties like me, were left shaken.
You say unpolished like it’s a bad thing. That’s exactly the vibe singer and songwriter Liz Huett gives us in her debut single, “STFU and Hold Me.” Liz Huett’s name and voice shouldn’t be all that surprising. It’s no secret she was once a backup singer for Taylor Swift. Yes, that Taylor Swift. After a few years on the road, …
It’s hard to shake the amount of disgust we had when we were watching this trial unfold. I’d be shocked if there is a woman who hasn’t been touched inappropriately at one point in their lives, and it’s hard to get over. You just feel violated and shaken. It’s like you’re not in control of your own body.
I’m constantly reminded of Lorde’s break onto the music scene. Her anthem “Royals” was catchy and beautiful in it’s simplicity, but more than that it emphasized something that is so rare in music. The song is about the lack of wealth and more importantly, the lack of even the desire for wealth. The only songs that sell are songs about love and partying, but here was Lorde parading the opposite. Even her appearance, her wild hair and dramatic facial features are the opposite of the hoards of blonde models that dominate the pop charts. Lorde was the weird girl at your high school that should never have been famous.
My first experience with Swedish pop singer/songwriter Erik Hassle came (ironically) with my first heartbreak. His debut album, Hassle, came with the single “Hurtful” and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t blast to that for months. Let’s fast forward seven years later, and I was able to catch up with the Swedish pop singer-songwriter and discuss his new album, Innocence Lost.
Taylor Swift is sooooo edgy now. I actually loved Taylor’s earlier looks (all the co-ords, give us all the co-ords). She has platinum hair and a new look to match. I can’t decide if I like it or not. I’m just hoping she’s going to drop an alt-rock album to match too.
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