Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…
#3 – Reputation – 2017
Yesterday I wrote that my biggest surprise in this assessment of Taylor Swift’s discography was the relatively low placement of Speak Now. Well, I was equally surprised by how high I wound up ranking 2017’s Reputation.
This is an album I brashly dismissed as Swift’s worst when I first heard it. And here I am placing it in the top three. So, what changed?
I’m pressing pause on the Random Weekend in progress to peck out a few thoughts on the new Taylor Swift album, which I received in the mail Friday and have given a few listens.
Reputation is pretty much what I expected based on the mostly disappointing pre-release singles. The good news is the rest of the album is a step up in quality, even if the subject matter is disappointingly more of the same. Dis tracks, love songs and meditations on what it’s like to be as famous as Taylor Swift.
We’ve had a whole lot of discussion about Taylor Swift on this blog in recent weeks, mostly centering on her choice of subject matter (namely, herself). I maintain that Swift’s obsessive focus on her own personal drama diminishes her as an artist.
Two days ago, Swift released the first single from her upcoming album Reputation, and I’m sorry to say it reinforces that negative impression.