A Complete Review Of Taylor Swift's "Reputation"

A Complete Review Of Taylor Swift's "Reputation"

There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation.
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One of the most highly anticipated albums of the year just dropped and we seriously cannot find our chill.

Reputation, already topping chart after chart, captures the immense story telling Swift has divulged into throughout the course of her career. Her second full pop album creates a fetching image of what it's like to fall in love and be in love, especially when it's with the right person. But the record is also so much more than that. With funky production and heavy basses, Swift unleashes her story and the battles she's fought over the last few years. Each song one from their own but so sonically united, this record crests any other that the pop star has has released, proving that as music continues to evolves, she's right there following its lead.

This darker, more complex album celebrates what pop has become, and relishes how Swift has led up to this defining moment in her career. As a whole, this record defines the meaning of putting your heart and soul into the creativity of sound and making it into something alluring and captivating. Each song on their own, though? They infect you, they ignite you and they all have a different story that ripples into one ever-lasting narrative. So sit down, grab a glass of wine and let the games begin.

1. "...Ready For It"

This opening track sure does make us ready for what's to follow. In a Swift first, the singer takes on rapping during the two verses of the three minutes and twenty-eight second tune. Although the Old Taylor is "dead", she doesn't seem to be too far away in this dramatic melody. The bass that makes you feel as though your speakers might burst dies down a bit during the pre-chorus and chorus, and we finally get a little taste of that Old Taylor, or in the new sense, the real Taylor. And the most eye-catching line? "He can be my jailer, Burton to this Taylor, every love I've known in comparison is a failure", referring to the legendary love of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. This song not only has a mind of its own, but gets you hyped for the 14 stories that follow.

2 . "End Game" feat. Ed Sheeran & Future

Who would've seen this trio coming? Taylor opens the track, but unlike a normal feature, her actual verse is the last to come. Future cuts in first with the line "I got a reputation, girl, that don't precede me" whereas both Swift and Sweeran offer the alternative lyrics of "reputation precedes me." Even though there's no song titled "Reputation", this song gives you the watering glimpse of what it would've been like. "End Game" is different and unique, but it's one of a kind that gives you major R&B vibes and the truth from Swift's red lips.

3. "I Did Something Bad"

The title itself just makes you wonder, what did you do, Taylor? The opening beat sounds like a broken record on repeat, because what she did felt so good and she'd do it over and over and over again. Then the beat builds right before the bass drops in the chorus and the rest of the melody suits such mystery and the lyrics fit right in ("If a man talks shit then I owe him nothing. I don't regret it one bit 'cause he had it coming"). The bridge cuts in with "They're burning all the witches even if you aren't one / So light me up" and this third track off the record is so dark and eerie that it leaves us wanting more.

4. "Don't Blame Me"

One of the most different tracks Taylor has ever recorded, she digs into the concept of drugs, but not in the way most do. The lines "Lord save me, my drug is my baby, I'll be using for the rest of my life" and "I get so high every time you're touching me / Trip of my life, every time you're touching me" show that Swift is high off her love and nothing but. The background vocals top any other on the record and at any point during the three minute and fifty-seven second anthem, you'll be able to hear Swift's soft "hmm" that tap into the intimacy and explosiveness that tie together her diligence on this track.

5. "Delicate"

A serene fix between two tracks that muster up an edgy storm, this song is delicate just like its title. The song shows her hesitant side when approaching a new relationship. She comes into it with chilling vocals that fit to the beat and reflects on the last year she's encountered that's been a roller coaster of a ride with "my reputations never been worse, so you must like me for me."

6. "Look What You Made Me Do"

Most people put this song in relation to her Kanye feud, when really, it's so much more than that. This song paints a story about all of the people who ever did her wrong, all of the people that accepted her into the pop culture just to turn on her a few years later, and all of the people that chimed in on the "#TaylorSwiftIsOverParty". She's angry, and she's letting us know. She "killed off" the "Old Taylor" with the line "I'm sorry, the Old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, cause she's dead!" And there's clearly no more holding back. Her reputation was denounced, and she's here to reclaim it.

7. "So It Goes..."

One of the sexiest tracks on the record, Swift isn't about the white horses and happily ever afters anymore, oh no. In fact, she's stepped it up a notch or two...or one hundred. The days of fairy tale love wishing are over and the new Taylor has finally taken the step to sing about more than just falling in love and being in love with the lines "You know I'm not a bad girl but I do bad things with you" and "Come here, dressed in black now / Scratches down your back now." And if you thought this would be the only dirty, sexy sound of the album, you better take a seat.

8. "Gorgeous"

"Gorgeous" gives us a small three minute and thirty second recess between the songs that preceded and the ones that are to follow. This playful, fruity and so damn catchy tune will make you realize that Taylor is just like any of us, getting those angry drunk butterflies when you meet someone you so desperately want but can't have. It's a whiskey drinking, drunk (literally, not even figuratively) in love at first sight melody accompanied by light and smooth but funky production. It rings in at the middle track of the record and almost sort of creates a divide. What comes before is dark, edgy and sexy, but what comes after is perky, lovely and sexy. She's defined a mix that pulls it in all together.

9. "Getaway Car"

A chronicle of love and heartbreak, "Getaway Car" opens with a robotic tone saying "No, nothing good starts in a getaway car", and it follows the log of a relationship that was doomed from the start because Swift was still in the midst of finding herself and her place ("Should've known I'd be the first to leave, think about the place where you first met me / In a getaway car, no they never get far"). The funky tune ends with the repeated lyrics "I was riding in a getaway car, I was crying in a getaway car, I was dying in a getaway car, said goodbye in a getaway car", because so much happened from beginning to end that even though she was finally free, she was really anything but.

10. "King of My Heart"

This track is a pop song at its finest and could rank in on the list at one of Swift's best produced pop songs of all time. The verses follows the different stages of love, each accompanied by a calming voice that grows stronger and stronger right before the pre-chorus hits, then it's all wrapped together with the chorus "And all at once, you are the one that I've been waiting for, king of my heart, body and soul. And all at once, you're all I want, I'll never let you go, king of my heart, body and soul." It's these types of tracks where Swift stays true to her genius lyrical mind but tests out the waters of new sounds and rides the waves until a masterpiece is created that are defining moments in the pop music culture.

11. "Dancing With Our Hands Tied"

One of the most upbeat songs on the record, the pressure of this song is evident with its fast pace chorus and on the down low verses. The beat is relentless, but in a good way, and Swift's layered vocals over the tragically beautiful lyrics make it all the more better.

12. "Dress"

A heavy song made light and sexy, this is a defiant song of synth-pop. The production here gives off Melodrama vibes and although it's structurally different both sound wise and lyrically compared to what Taylor's ever done before, it's still so Taylor Swift. "I only bought this dress for you to take it off" chimes in as the hook, and if that doesn't explain the energy of this lyrical tote, then I don't know what will. It's a definite mood for sure, and it plays into her "So It Goes..." attitude that elucidates her transition from adolescent fairy tale love stories to sultry adulthood anthems.

13. "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"

So playful, so anthem chanting, such a Taylor classic. It's so rich in sound, just like the concept of the lyrics, and it comes in as one of the most playful on the album. The sarcastic tone throughout the song makes it almost funny, which is the point. It's a goodbye to the feud that's been sought out for too long, and her laugh at the two minute thirty-three second mark after stating "forgiveness is a nice thing to do" will make you fall in love with the cat-loving, tea spilling pop star even more.

14. "Call It What You Want"

With such unique and different beat accompanied by such emotionally complex lyrics that pull at the core strings of your heart, we are facing a true Taylor Swift song at it's finest. The mid-tempo tune is such a story teller but at the same time is so calming that we just want more of it. It paints a picture of how Taylor has fallen in love over the last year, and found her one real love; one that built a fire just to keep her warm after the fall of everything around here, one that she is laughing with and making forts under covers with, all while trusting him like a brother. It goes, "And I know I make the same mistakes every time, bridges burn, I never learn, at least I did one thing right". And that she did, and we are so here to finally see her so in love and happy.

15. "New Year's Day"

Saving the most sincere and effortless track for last, Swift dives into the love she's been drunk on for the last year. This piano and single guitar stringed track closes out the album in the calmest and best way possible. It's simple yet so complex. Swift's vocals glimmer as she sings about the romance of not quite that midnight New Year's kiss, but what follows after -- when everyone's heading home on New Year's Day, but you've found that one person who will stick around to clean up the bottles and the glitter and the mess with you. Because even though you've enjoyed the fun parts, they'll still be there when things are hard or messy. Swift is happy, which is all we've ever wanted, and we can finally take a breather knowing that this past year wasn't full of annexing herself from the world writing self-pity tunes, but was full of the best moments of her life, proving that there's so much more to experience than the snotty remarks and false facades people give you. Though this is the least produced song out of the 15 melodies, it fits in so well with the diverse atmosphere of this album. Swift knew that this was the perfect way to end her story and I couldn't agree more.

Cover Image Credit: Amanda Dobbins

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

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What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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5 Reasons Why The Saints Are Inbound To Win The Super Bowl

With the Saints rolling this year, there are 5 crucial reasons why they have a great chance to make the Superbowl.

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When you're reading this is February, you're gonna ask yourself, "How did he know?" I'm a wizard; that's why I know the Saints are going to the Superbowl this year. I'm just kidding, but in all seriousness, I can say with confidence that the Saints have one of the better chances in the NFL to make it to the Superbowl. Below are 5 reasons why they'll make the Superbowl in February 2019.

1. Breesus Christ

The Saints have Drew "freaking" Brees. I literally do not need to say more, but I will anyway.

Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the league period. He will break the record for most passing yards in a career this season, and he has the record for highest completion percentage. To all the people that say Tom Brady is better, you're wrong. Tom Brady has always had a defense to rely on when he needed; Drew Brees hasn't.

Whenever the Saints need Brees, he's always there. The Saints rely on him to get them out of big holes and us Saints fans know that he's the best QB in the league and will lead us to another Superbowl this year.

2. Lighting and Thunder

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram being the best running back duo in the league isn't new news. We saw all of last season that Ingram was a bruiser and Kamara was a shifty back. They form a lighting and thunder duo. This season, Ingram has been suspended for the first four games and the Saints were still able to go 3-1. Just imagine how great the Saints are going to be when Ingram comes back this week. It's going to be SCARY.

How do defenses stop Kamara, Ingram, Brees, and Thomas? Defenses beware because the Saints are marching in.

3. Can't Guard Mike

Michael Thomas has been unstoppable this year. No one can guard him. In my opinion he's the best receiver in the league, and while others disagree, they can't deny the impact Thomas has had for the Saints. With the best QB in the league, Thomas is in a prime position to lead a major push to the Superbowl for the Saints. When the offense is rolling, no one can stop the Saints. Cornerbacks can prepare as hard as they need, but they can't guard Mike.

4. Boonk Gang

The Saints defense made major strides last year and helped propel them to many wins. If not for a freak play that resulted in the Saints losing in the divisional round, I believe the Saints would have moved on to the Superbowl. While the defense has been pretty bad at the beginning of the season, in week three, the Saints defense showed what they are capable of. With Ingram coming back and controlling the pace of the offense, watch for the defense to get much better through the season.

5. "Put me in Coach Payton"

Sean Payton may be the second best coach in the league after Bill Belichick.

Coach Payton has had the Saints offense in the top 10 offenses every single year since he became head coach in 2006. With his offensive creativity and his ability to use players such as backup QB Taysom Hill in positions where no other coach would dare to use them, Coach Payton will be the driving force in leading the Saints to the Superbowl.

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