The Evolution of Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has changed, whether or not you like it, and it is doubtful that she will go back to her old ways, whatever ways that was. Starting at 16, she had this cute country girl vibe, where she was wholesome and sang songs about boys and true love. For the first few albums, she was nice and kind, so sweet and innocent, and people hated her for it. They thought there must be something wrong with her, and now that she has changed, they still hate her.
In complete honesty, Taylor Swift cannot win. People will hate her either way. At the 2009 MTV Music Awards when Kanye West ran up on the stage and took her mic, people wanted her to fight him, not just stand there stunned. People wanted to hear her roar. People wanted her angry. It wasn’t really Taylor Swift’s way, and people hated her for it. Even as she turned edgy on her “Red” album, people still saw her as sweet and innocent.
When “1989” came out– and it was pop!– yes, there was excitement, but people began to hate Taylor Swift, saying she was turning her back on country and her roots. Some claimed it was a poor decision because Taylor Swift couldn’t make it in pop music, which is because pop music will eat you and spit you out. No one lasts too long, but we have to remember, it’s Taylor Swift, the Crossover Queen.
Not only did her “1989” break sale records, it was received well. The old music tunes from the 80’s came shining through, and people now could dance around. It was also amazing because she made fun of herself. Most people saw her as naive, so it wasn’t possible to make fun of herself, but here she had “Shake It Off,” where she made fun of her own dancing and showed she didn’t give a damn, and then she had “Black Space,” where every time someone called her a whore, she merely didn’t care. People date, but her relationships are always in the spotlight.
Her attempt at badassary in “Bad Blood” fell short to many people, even with a great video and Kendrick Lamar’s rap. She couldn’t strip herself of that innocent persona. Taylor Swift had grown out of childhood long ago, but she was still seen as a teenager. When she wore sexy outfits, people claimed that it was ruining her reputation.
Between “1989” and her upcoming album, some things did happen, which put Taylor Swift in some bad light. There were fights with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, singer Katy Perry and probably more. Apparently Lorde stopped talking to her, as well as other people in her girl squad. She dated Tom Hiddleston briefly, which the world freaked out about for a summer romance. All in all, it was just one shit show for Taylor Swift. People turned against Taylor Swift, but in all honesty, people already hated Taylor Swift, so this didn’t bother her.
(I don’t think you realize how Taylor Swift doesn’t care. She has how much money and how many friends and how many boyfriends? Why would she care what anyone thinks? She’s been in this business long enough not to care.)
When the snake came about and thus came the release of her new song, “Look What You Made Me Do” freaked out the world because it is supposed to be “Taylor Swift’s Dark Era.” I will be honest, I don’t mind seeing that. I wouldn’t mind seeing Taylor Swift drop f-bomb after f-bomb to all the people who say and do stupid things to her. I would buy that music. Granted, I buy all of her music anyway, because I like her. (Note: I am not a die-hard Taylor Swift fan, but I have aged like she has– meaning: we both grew the fuck up.)
While her new album “Reputation” is very much under the wraps, I think most of us can agree that we are curious. Her three singles showed off different sides of Taylor Swift. “Look What You Made Me Do” started things off in a pop but dark way of resilience, even if the chorus lacked. “… Ready for It?” had no one ready because she started to rap, but she was just showing off her skills. “Gorgeous” was almost a call back to “1989” with 80’s music and her old innocent days, but “Gorgeous” did manage to start the rumor mill: is it about Calvin and Tom or Tom and Joe? But if it’s about Joe, then she dated just for Tom for show– well, it has to be Calvin, who would be in the club– and Joe is younger than Calvin and Tom. Is it bad to ask “Who cares?”
Yes, her songs are written about the boys she dated, but not all of them are truthful. She might stretch the truth; she might even write songs that are completely made up or about someone else. Or, perhaps, in “Gorgeous” she basically is telling the truth that she is a free woman in the 21st century. The obsession of Taylor Swift is just that: an obsession.
People say her songs prove that “Reputation” is going to be bad, but no one knows that. Taylor Swift is trying out new sounds, and she is doing what she wants, like she has always wanted. She will continue do what she wants, and we will continue to buy it. People have aged like Taylor Swift has, but unlike her haters, Taylor Swift isn’t looking to the past. She is evolving.