13 Reasons Reputation Is A Masterpiece

13 Reasons Reputation Is A Masterpiece

A track-by-track rundown of Taylor Swift's latest work of art.

Reputation is not Taylor Swift's greatest album of all time.

It lacks the sequel to All Too Well that Swifties anticipated (we're still waiting on that 10 minute version). There is a grand total of one slow song, and the album is dominated by catchy, mainstream-pop songs, with much simpler and sexier lyrics than we are used to in Swift's music canon.

That does not, however, undercut how much fun this album is. It allows you to celebrate love- both making it and falling into it- without the devastation of heartbreak to follow. As Taylor puts it in "King Of My Heart," the album's most techno song, "is this the end of all the endings?" in reference to her finding The One in her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn.

Finally, Taylor is happy, and it definitely comes across on Reputation.

1. Ready For It?

"Ready For It" was the single we definitely were not ready for. Following up "Look What You Made Me Do," this song cemented that the dark and scary Taylor wasn't just a song-specific phase. And I was definitely NOT expecting that nude bodysuit in the music video. Taylor established herself as undeniably sexy on Reputation, and I'm not complaining.

Best lyric: "Every love I've known in comparison is a failure."

Farewell, ex-boyfriends!

2. End Game - featuring Ed Sheeran and Future.

Was the Future feature necessary? No. But when I heard Ed and Taylor were teaming up on a track for Reputation, I expected a sequel to "Everything Has Changed," circa 2012, AKA a beautiful duet. I was severely disappointed, and at first listen, not very impressed with the rap-inspired anthem. But the more I listen to it, the more I like it. And I can't stop listening to it.

Best lyric: "Reputation precedes me, they told you I'm crazy, I swear I don't love the drama, it loves me!"

3. I Did Something Bad.

The banger of the album, no debate.

Best lyric: "I never trust a playboy, but they love me. So I fly 'em all around the world and I let them think they saved me."

Ha! Trick's on you, boys. Taylor is actually the one in control here.

4. Don't Blame Me.

This is by far my favorite song on the album. It's catchy and stays sexy even with the gospel-inspired chorus.

Best lyric: "If you walk away, I'll beg you on my knees to stay" *BASS DROP*

I scream every time. So sexy without overdoing it.

5. Delicate.

This one is a little bit too Auto-Tuned for my taste, especially since I know what a beautiful voice Taylor has, and it gets lost in this over-processed track.

Best lyric: "Is it cool that I said all that? Is it chill that you're in my head? 'Cause I know that it's delicate."

Although I'm not impressed with any part of this song in particular, I would have to choose this as the best part because the Taylor we know and love shows herself in this one specific way: finding the exact words to describe how every girl has felt as some point. These lyrics describe when you find someone you really like, but you're not sure how far you can go with it, and you feel so unsure but really excited at the same time, because this potential relationship is still in its delicate phase.

6. Look What You Made Me Do.

This song was the first we'd heard from Taylor since 2014, so of course all us Swifties jumped on it. Its spooky Halloween vibes, combined with the fierce Taylor we weren't expecting to pop up out of nowhere, made this song legendary. And themusic video is absolutely iconic.

Best lyric: "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh! 'Cause she's dead."

I'm just as shook as I was the first time I heard it.

7. So It Goes.

This was the sexy banger I was not expecting to find on Reputation. "Scratches down your back" did make me uncomfortable though, coming from Taylor, I'm not going to lie.

Best lyric: "You know I'm not a bad girl but I do bad things with you."


8. Gorgeous.

Remember when Taylor dropped "Gorgeous" as a single and we all thought the old Taylor was back? HAH.

This song is the bright peppy tune Reputation needed to lighten up its darkness. "Gorgeous" is the innocent one in the friend group.

Best lyric: "Guess I'll just stumble on home to my cats."

9. Getaway Car.

"Getaway Car" is almost as catchy as "Blank Space" and the most 1989-infused track on the album. It is refreshing to hear the old Taylor is still in there somewhere!

Best lyric: "I wanted to leave him, I needed a reason."

Shots fired.

10. King Of My Heart.

My second least favorite song on the album. I'm still gonna listen to it though.

Best lyric: "Is this the end of all the endings?"

11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied.

This song is the sexy version of "Starlight" from Red.

Best lyric: "I loved you in spite of deep fears that the world would divide us."

12. Dress.

I had high hopes for this song after reading about parents' reactions at Reputation secret sessions. But upon hearing it, it is my least favorite song on the album. And it's not because it's about sex. It's the way Taylor talks instead of sings in the verses, and the annoyingly high falsetto for the rest of the extremely repetitive song. Sorry, Taylor - not a fan of this one.

Best lyric: "If I get burned, at least we were electrified."

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

This song was the Kanye and Kim Kardashian West diss we were all expecting - need I even bring up the whole snake thing? - but none of us were ready for.

Best lyric: "*laughter* I can't even say it with a straight face!"

Also, the Gatsby reference makes my life.

14. Call It What You Want.

My favorite single Taylor released off this album. It's lowkey a jam.

Best lyric: "Nobody's heard from me for months, I'm doing better than I ever was."

All we want is Taylor to be happy!

15. New Year's Day.

The only slow song on the album is a beautiful conclusion to all we've missed from Taylor's life in the past few years, outlined in Reputation.

Best lyric: "Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere."

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The 5 People You WON'T Meet In Heaven: Hollywood Edition

Despite their significant influence, they will not be found in Heaven.

Some of you, or none of you, may be familiar with Mitch Albom’s best-seller, The Five People You Meet In Heaven. In the novel, the protagonist meets five people who profoundly influenced his life or vice versa, and he learns about the reasons for their or his own influence.

In 2017, and long before, the following high-profile Hollywood men were accused of sexual misconduct in ranging degrees.

Although these men differ in circumstances and their influence on the United States’ social climate, they all remain individuals who you should not expect to see in Heaven.

1. Bill Cosby

As of June 2017, CNN reported that over 50 women accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct. The allegations against Cosby began as early as 2000, but intensified in October 2014 when comedian Hannibal Buress’ routine went viral, where he alluded to Cosby's misdemeanors, and women began to speak out and identify themselves as those who he abused. The allegations included reports that he would “forcibly grab and kiss” women, and many alleged that they were raped by Cosby. The link between the women who came forward was their confirmation that he drugged them, and then for some that there were periods of time that they could not account for before waking up unclothed or disheveled. As the number of accusers reached the twenties, The Washington Post reported in December 2014 that colleges — including his alma mater, University of Massachusetts at Amherst — severed ties with Cosby. More recently, The New York Times reported that Cosby’s case was declared a mistrial on June 17, 2017, and it was published on Aug. 22, 2017 that the retrial would be postponed until March, five months later than originally planned.

2. Harvey Weinstein

As recently as Dec. 13, 2017, USA Today published an updated list of the 84 accusers who came forth with allegations against Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein denied the allegations leveled against him, which ranged from propositions for massages to rape, according to USA Today. The one silver-lining to be found following the explosive details published by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October 2017 is the #MeToo movement, which ignited many individuals to share their stories of sexual harassment or assault in the workplace. Nonetheless, Weinstein’s grossly inappropriate actions not only violated dozens of women, but also preyed upon many young women who were trying to enter the entertainment industry and were barely legal.

3. Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey made headlines when Buzzfeed News published an interview on Oct. 30, 2017, where actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey “made a sexual advance towards him when Rapp was 14.” Rapp, who is now 46, claimed the advance occurred during a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986, and that the older actor laid on top of him. BBC News also reported other men who came forward with allegations of harassment and assault that Spacey directed toward them. Additionally, CNN reported that the “House of Cards” set was a “toxic” environment due to Spacey’s inappropriate behavior aimed toward crew members who worked alongside Spacey on the series. Amidst the accusations and denouncements from other celebrities — and Netflix and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, who refused to work on the final season of “House of Cards” if Spacey was involved and award him a special Emmy award, respectively — Spacey was also condemned for publicly recognizing in an official statement that he “choose[s] now to live as a gay man."

4. Woody Allen

Woody Allen is still a household name despite the allegations from his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, that he sexually abused her in 1992 when she was 7-years-old. As Farrow recounted decades ago, she was brought by Allen into the attic, and it was there that he allegedly laid his head on her lap with his face toward her body. Her claims were supported by adult witnesses on the day in question. Vanity Fair reported that on the day in question, one babysitter stated, “Allen and Dylan went missing for 15 or 20 minutes”, another claimed that Farrow was “staring vacantly in the direction of a television set” and a French tutor testified that Farrow was not wearing underpants under her sundress. More recently, Farrow decided to sit down with co-host Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” in a Jan. 18 interview that discussed the allegations. Separately, Allen is also married to Soon-Yi Previn, who he began an affair with while still in a relationship with Previn’s adoptive mother, Mia Farrow. Allen denied that he was in any way a father-figure toward Previn or any of Farrow’s adopted children, according to Salon.

5. Louis C.K.

Following the string of accusations toward men in Hollywood, Louis C.K. was accused by five women on Nov. 9, 2017 of sexual misconduct, according to The New York Times. The first pair of women, comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, recalled Louis C.K. inviting them to his hotel room for a nightcap after a show. He then removed his clothes and masturbated in front of them, after asking if he could take out his penis, which they initially thought was a joke. Other women came forward as well, one stating that during a phone conversation she could hear him masturbating, and another claiming that he asked her if he could masturbate in front of her, which she declined. Louis C.K. later released a statement that “These stories are true.”

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"I feel like I'm drowning in my waste of impatience." Mrs. Powercouple

Continuing to type Mrs. Powercouple begins this quest using poetry. 

"I feel like I'm drowning in my waste of impatience. I'm taking the snakes fate for this fake reality I'm now faced with causing my destiny hatred. This snare is impairing my love and care, I ask him to leave and he disappears, then comes back clearing away all the paths paved to my heart. He tells me lies like Mr. P wouldn't waste his time loving a woman like I. Instead I should expect to be alone for the rest of my life. Day and night I await, while I sit alone and pace, faced with this intake of lies. My moods throw in a loop, I'm now confused with which feeling to choose from. If I'm too happy I'll lose it and end up bruised but then I get too hurt and gain enthusiasm from it's intake. Sometimes I misplace my loves steps with my mistakes. Mr. Powercouple deserves heaven but part of my spirit is still fighting with the gate keepers. The sneaky testers, testing my patience, gaining treasures from the pleasures of having a woman's attention. Their pain is my hex because I am blessed and cursed with compassion. If anyone happened to get hurt because of me I would lose my mind. I find myself climbing through this obstacle of time, but with each pull my arm gets cut from the incline. It's like the bars are knives, but with each reach I learn to be stronger. I guess that's where the savage in me is created, because although I am a slave to my sin, I also know there is hope for me to be saved. Especially when I'm caved in, suffocating from the ashes of the graved men. I know my blood shed is my shield so I refuse to die in-vain when it's my time to go."

An older man's breath from behind her hums the expression, "Pst" forcing Mrs. P to turn around. "I'm sorry ma'am but your name wasn't on the sign in sheet and there is a line waiting to use the computers." Blinking her eyes back to reality, Mrs. P apologizes and saves her work. Leaving the library, she looks back in gratitude then continues on her way. 

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