Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do | Music Review

So, I’m going to get all adventurous and write a few words about music and in Taylor Swift’s music. There seems to be enormous media attention to her new released single and esthetic, and rightly so, but I also feel that there is huge amount of both negative and positive publicity. I’m going to talk about my experiences with Taylor Swift and how I’ve perceived her transformation over the last years.

Yeah, I know! I’m quite surprised myself that I’m dedicating a whole blogpost to an artist which is not even a favourite like Oasis or Arctic Monkeys, but somehow Taylor Swift intrigues me, she is ridiculously interesting. She’s interesting to me because she puts a lot of herself in her music and that’s something I really rate about artists. Also she’s not afraid to admit her own shortcomings and that’s pretty cool if you ask me. Now this isn’t some kind of obituary or song of praise, nor do I intent do talk about the whole Kanye-Taylor situation, because to me that isn’t important to how I perceive her music. It may have influenced her music or her actions, but it’s just a fraction of what is her personal touch to her music, that I think is important.

All the events that occur in your life do influence your words and actions obviously, and knowing Taylor as I do (and with help from from my girlfriend), symbolism plays a great part in her music, but it isn’t everything in my opinion. Everyone enjoys and perceives music differently, and my intention is not to create a division. Not at all, I don’t want to talk about the Kanye/Kim situation or what has happened regarding the sexual assault case. I’m not saying this isn’t important for Taylor or for her fans, but for me it doesn’t really make a big difference, because I can still appreciate her music. Besides, many others have written about the personal experiences above and I feel my words wouldn’t add to that side of dialogue.

Okay enough codswallop, the music is central to this post – at least that’s what I try to tell myself. Taylor Swift has always played a part in my life, whether I liked or not. My sister and father have listened to Taylor from the beginning and were raging about her for years, so it’s only natural that I have some sort of understanding of her music. Not her background per se, but her music. She started a very young age with music which evidently lead to a few things that have caused discourse in the music industry. In my opinion it’s only natural that the music of an artist that starts that young, will grow and change over a period of time. The transformation of Taylor Swift from American Sweetheart to the strong, independent woman she is right now, has created many fans, but also quite some haters.

The Song
The first thing that really comes to the eye (or ear lol), is the fact that the song is quite different in several ways. It has this darker vibe and this become stronger to the fact that the words spoken in the song are pronounced very distinctive. The song has a kind of electro beat, which is very catchy and gives the feeling that you are engaging with the artist in my opinion. Without going too much into symbolism, because I know little about Taylor’s in depth life or albums, it’s also something many people will identify with. The song is dark and gives that sort of feeling that everyone has different phases in their life. Reflection on your life is needed and Taylor is being honest in that respect, brutally honest and admits to her own flaws and imperfections.

But with this song, she even takes it a step further. In a way I feel like her transformation is complete and that all these years before, were in the making of. She was dealing with the process, which is pretty cool if you ask me. There’s one little segment of the song that tells me that this is what she wants, and that this is what her transformation is:

“I’m sorry, the Old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Oh, why? ’cause she’s dead!”

For me this is something quite awesome. For me, this means that the new Taylor has been born and that her transformation is complete. Again for me this something that many can relate with, because everyone has a moment in life where you go to some form of transformation and I think this song illustrates this perfectly. This song has the perfect balance of being a modern pop song with electro elements in it, yet feel the soul of Taylor in it. However, it was just good as it is, I’m afraid some songs in the future will overdo it on either side of the scale and that would be a terrible pity.

The esthetic
Black. There’s something profoundly meaningful and powerful about wearing black. I’ve been told numerous times that this is what Taylor is going for and although I don’t see it as of yet, I think this will be cool. Black creates no illusion, you have to make your illusion, which I think only helps with creating a original and personal experience with the songs Taylor writes/wrote. It gives you the room to experiment with your thoughts and feeling, channeling into Taylor universe.
I can’t help shake the feeling that she’s going to be savage and the esthetic is perfect for that, but then again, I’m no Taylor Swift watcher.

The Album
So there’s going to be an album and this has created concerns with yours truly. Like I mentioned before, I think this song is perfect, but I’m scared the album will consist of songs that go over the top. I really hope not, but I think this is a real possibility. Yes, Taylor Swift has a variety of different songs on every album she has produced, but that gives me a few concerns as well. Solely because of the fact that this song is pretty great, how will she keep that style and personality in the other songs as they will be different? I haven’t got a clue, but one thing is certain. It’s going to fucking interesting and I think it’s going to be wild.

Why this song made me ‘come back’ to Taylor Swift
To be honest over the years Taylor Swift wasn’t special for and nor was her music. It was decent, fair enough and she’s talented, but that was it for me. She wasn’t outstanding and I couldn’t see that special vibe everyone attached to her. I really couldn’t be bothered with her personal life, as that isn’t relevant to me. All I care about is her music and that wasn’t really special to me, it was good but nothing out of the ordinary.
This new song however, changed a lot for me personally. Not only do I think this is a brilliant career move, but I also respect her a lot more. I understand her previous work more and more, which makes me start to understand that special person she is in the music industry. Which is pretty cool actually and I will follow her work more closely from now on, and I hope it will be as kick ass as the newest song!

What did you make of the new song? Do you like it? Let me know!


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  1. september 3, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Thank you for your comment as always! I love it as well, it's so refreshing!

  2. september 13, 2017 / 7:10 am

    I didn't think the song was that good but it's played all the time so I'm starting to like it!

  3. september 13, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    This song is a total ear-worm for me and I'm always humming it and I loved the music video she put together for it, well played Taylor! I did like the new single she released too, and you're right, she's definitely going for a harder edge with her new stuff which I'm excited about. I did love her last album, 1989, as it had a lot of good stuff on it, but like you I think this will either bring everyone back or even attract a new audience. it's nice to see Taylor being versatile as well and trying out some new styles. Great review Marc! – Tasha

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