Taylor Swift calls out everyone on album

TAYLOR Swift's new album Reputation has finally landed, three years on from 1989, the celebratory album that made the 27-year-old into a fully-fledged pop star.

This time, the darker tones of her sixth album find her sounding wounded, introverted, and caught between being defensive about her fall from grace as America's most likeable pop star, and just plain accepting it.



Those contrasting emotions and a fresh palette of modern-pop sounds make Reputation a frequently riveting listen.

But Swift is nothing if not autobiographical. So while she moves forward in many ways, she is not about to let the past completely lie. Here's who she calls out on Reputation.


If you ever held any hope that Swift might just try to leave Yeezy behind, then hang your head in shame, because she has a big receipt in the shape of This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

"It was so nice being friends again. There I was giving you a second chance. But then you stabbed me in the back while shaking my hand ... Friends don't try to trick you/Get on the phone and mind-twist you," she sings, pointedly.

It's a clear reference to the infamous Snapchat video released by Kim Kardashian in 2016, in which West and Swift are seen discussing the lyrics of his controversial song Famous.

One day in the distant future (maybe when North West is President), footage of the phone-call will be exhibited in a museum as a turning point in early 21st century pop culture.


I Did Something Bad appears to spill some major tea on Calvin Harris.

Swift dated the DJ until the summer of 2016 when (among other things) they appeared to fall out over the song This is What You Came For, which Swift co-wrote under a pseudonym.

Once the secret was out, Harris felt his talent was being belittled and lashed out on Twitter saying he wouldn't allow Swift to "bury" him like Katy Perry.

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris. Picture: Instagram
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris. Picture: Instagram

On this track, Taylor seems to call out Harris' narcissism out by saying "If a man talks s**t, then I owe him nothing/I don't regret it one bit/'cause he had it coming."

She's definitely not playing the meek victim here, because those are lines that hit harder than a beat drop on one of Calvin's tracks.


There are plenty of candidates for this one.

Throughout Reputation, Swift's current boyfriend is repeatedly cast as Swift's rock in choppy waters, and a healer during a wounding year.

Songs like Delicate and Gorgeous seem to allude heavily to the British actor, but So It Goes … is a highlight.

The stormy but soulful production (which could have easily fit into the last Halsey album) captures the sultry excitement of a young relationship brilliantly.


The brief flame of their relationship is immortalised in the superb Getaway Car in which she

alludes to their first meeting at the Met Gala in 2016, while she was still said to be dating Calvin Harris.

"The ties were black, the lies were white," she sings.

Swift also alludes to her relationship with Harris being "the best of times, the worst of crimes" while also claiming she wants to removed herself from him, by singing: "I wanted to leave him, I needed a reason".

Taylor Swift Tom Hiddleston at Met Gala 2016. Picture: Instagram
Taylor Swift Tom Hiddleston at Met Gala 2016. Picture: Instagram

Then she gets into Hiddleston.

"We were jetset, Bonnie and Clyde. Until I switch to the other side. I'm in a getaway car, I left you in a motel bar. Put the money in the bag and I stole the keys. That was the last time you ever saw me."

Getaway Car is the Reputation equivalent to the 1989 standout track Out of the Woods.


In between guest verses from Atlanta rapper Future and, much less interestingly, Ed Sheeran, Swift acknowledges she now has a Reputation that precedes her on End Game.

"I swear I don't love the drama, it loves me," she sings over hazy trap beats.

While there is a bit of truth in that statement, she can't absolve herself completely of the gossip that constantly circles her.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post

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