To say that this album was highly anticipated is an understatement. I’ve been waiting rather impatiently for the release of TS6 for pretty much 2 years, and when she announced Reputation in August, I was overjoyed. I, along with thousands of other swifties, have been counting down the days since. I must admit, when the latest single, Call It What You Want, was released, I woke up at 4am to listen as soon as it was released. I’m not going to lie, having heard the singles, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I knew it was going to be different to her “old Taylor” music. And that’s fine with me, change is good once in a while. I know that it’s not going to be everyone’s style, but personally I absolutely love it.
When I walked into HMV and saw the albums sat on the shelf, it took all the self control I had to stop myself from screaming; the sales lady was definitely somewhat amused by my crazy excited face. Inside the album slipcase there is a beautiful double sided poster, which I was very excited about as I wasn’t sure if Taylor was going to include something similar to the 1989 Polaroids. The only other thing about the physical album to mention is that I opened it to find a Taylor Swift Tix Boost inside. Unfortunately, (and I’m very sad about this) Tix is not available in the UK, but it’s worth looking at if you’re from the US.
The album started with …Ready For It? which definitely has started to feel like an old friend. End Game was definitely the track I was most looking forward to hearing, besides the highly anticipated track 15 wedding song – we all know that it’s been too long since the last Sweeran colab. And damn, it was worth the wait.
At the moment, I don’t think I could choose between any of the songs, but here’s a list of the ones that I’m especially loving at the moment:
- I Did Something Bad
- King Of My Heart
- This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
- New Year’s Day (yep, the wedding song definitely lived up to my expectations)
The only thing that upset me was when I opened the album booklet to find, to my horror, that there weren’t any. It almost made me cry, because it always gave the albums a kind of 4th dimension, and it was the first time I though “the old Taylor really is dead.” 😦
Of course, this hasn’t made me love the album any less. It is absolutely a lyrical masterpiece and I will definitely be recommending it to everyone that I know! To sum it up in one word: it’s gorgeous.
Taylor Swift has done us proud.
“Here’s a toast to my real friends, they don’t care about the he said, she said” – Taylor Swift, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things