Review: Taylor Swift No Longer Feeling 22

MARISSA DIBELLA
Arts and Life Correspondent

Taylor Swift is no amateur when it comes to breaking the internet, selling out concerts and dating Hollywood’s most sizzling men. From bad-boy Harry Styles to her current arm candy Joe Alwyn, she definitely keeps Swifties – her fandom – on their toes. Swift is not afraid to push the envelope and has come a long way from her innocent, curly haired “You Belong With Me” days. Recently, Swift kept her long and anticipated new album completely hush hush and top secret.

After remaining silent since her last album “1989” back in 2014, on Aug. 24 Swift dropped the most killer, new-sound single of her career, “Look What You Made Me Do.” The song is a clear representation of her good-girl-gone-bad look, but left many people questioning the direction she is headed. With her almost desperate and wanna-be rap verses, Swift might be attempting too much. However, everyone can agree that it’s catchy, take-down-the-world rhythm is hard to ignore. The single depicts a darker, snake-like vibe and expresses numerous hidden messages that seem to jab at fellow celebrities – her very own Regina George burn book perhaps?

If the song itself is not enough, Swift premiered its debut music video at MTV’s Video Music Award show this year. Holding nothing back, Swift slams everyone from Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, to ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. It is no secret that the media and critics have tried to take down the global superstar for her changing looks, attitude and girl squad robots. Once again, Swift beats them all at their own game. At the conclusion of her music video, she pokes fun at her evolution over the years. Swift portrays different infamous “Taylors” that caused controversy and social media upheaval in the past. Swift even calls her original country- girl-self fake, and even includes her response to the epic Kim Kardashian phone call fiasco.

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POP SINGER Taylor Swift at her Speak Now tour prior to her music transformation.

“I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative,” Taylor clone said.

It is important to note that the Taylor stands holding her 2009 VMAs award, an obvious nod to the now iconic Kanye West interruption.

With the new Taylor reigning supreme at the end of the video, “Look What You Made Me Do” is just a glimpse of her sure-fire-chart-topper album, Reputation, which will release on November 10. It is clear Swift is taking no prisoners and is ready for the ultimate music take over. With her single “…Ready For It?” released over Labor Day weekend, Swift keeps us begging for more. Are we ready? Yes, yes we are.

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