The old Taylor is dead. She told us, she warned us, and with the release of reputation, she's proving it.
Taylor Swift's long-awaited sixth album has just hit stores, and like any Swift recording, it's generating countless theories over who, exactly, Ms. Swift is singing about. But she did not come to play on reputation; in many ways, she's come to fight. The scathing Taylor Swift lyrics on this album underscore the singer/songwriter's evolution from bubble-gum pop's It Girl to a startling young force of nature: defiant, self-assured, messy, and in charge.
None of this, however, explains with 100% certainty who Swift is taking aim at on the album. The revealing lyrics from reputation reveal enough to pique our interest and fuel our speculation without spelling it out in plain English. Swift surely knows this creates more discussion of her work, even if it does leave us slightly obsessed with figuring out who she's pissed off at in her songs.
One thing, though, is clear. Taylor Swift is not messing around, and reputation's shadiest lyrics are proof of that.
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