Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” Album Review

Reputation is the latest album by Taylor Swift and features hits Look What You Made Me Do, …Ready For It? and Gorgeous. Production is entirely handled by Max Martin, Shellback, Ali Payomi, Jack Antonoff, and OZGO.

Everything Mainstream Consensus:

CERTIFIED POSITIVE

“Reputation is a cohesive collection of remarkably made pop songs, and when it peaks, it really hits all the right notes. Sadly, the same can be said when it falters, as it can fumble and flop just as strongly. Album highlights I Did Something Bad and Don’t Blame Me are among the songs that really work, while lead single Look What You Made Me Do is one of the albums low points.

The album’s production ranges from a bombastic, no holding back style compliments of hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback, and some tracks are #1 hit material, and others, unfortunately, blend together with little to tell them apart. On the other side of the spectrum, Swift has included songs produced by Jack Antonoff, which all scream ‘nostalgia’ at the top of their lungs. Getaway Car and This Is Why We Can’t Have Bad Things extraordinarily manage to capture what Swift’s previous album 1989 did best, but on an album that Swift herself declared was going to sound different with the whole ‘old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now…why…cause she’s dead’ bit, it can be jarring next to the explosive songs of Reputation.

These are just gripes though, and overall, Reputation is a well-produced and powerful example of Swift’s eye for pop radio gold.”

All Reputation Song Reviews (click to open song review in new tab):

…Ready For It?

End Game

I Did Something Bad

Don’t Blame Me

Delicate

Look What You Made Me Do

So It Goes…

Gorgeous

Getaway Car

King of My Heart

Dancing With Our Hands Tied

Dress

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Call It What You Want

New Year’s Day

Everything Mainstream ranks music based on a mix of artistic, commercial, and fan appeal. When the cover art of a single/album is green, the single/album is certified positive, while yellow means mixed response and red symbolize a negative certification.