Real talk: I was supposed to listen to Taylor Swift’s Reputation once it came out. Just to see if it’s actually worth the hype. Since she already released four singles on Spotify, as well as her other albums, people can stream Reputation there too, right? Wrong.
As of now, you can only listen to the album by either buying it on iTunes, streaming it on iHeartRadio (for a limited time), or buying the physical copy for $15. Unless you already downloaded the album when it leaked last night.
The old Taylor may be gone but she’s still iffy about free streaming. Then again, she’s still staying true to what she said in 2014 that “people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.” So much for breaking into that Spotify-like company in “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Meanwhile, if you check the #Reputation thread, it’s filled with netizens and Swifties fan accounts offering to gift the album to a number of people. I’m willing to bet that some of them are online bots too so be careful.
rt this tweet if you want me to gift you #reputation on itunes! i'll choose randomly and then i'll dm you. I'll need your email 🙂
— gifting reputation (@giftingrep) November 10, 2017
I think I’m gonna gift #Reputation to 3 people. Retweet this tweet . Follow me for a higher chance.
— . (@billsbillsbiIls) November 10, 2017
Gifting random people #Reputation RT this and follow me!! I’ll dm you!
— ً (@deIorde) November 10, 2017
But what are people actually saying about Reputation? Vanity Fair noted how it’s a combination of Taylor’s penchant for poppy love songs, sad breakup songs, and surprising additions which have hints of dance and R&B. Lyrics-wise, it’s said to be “a fascinating combination of audacity and vulnerability.”
Rolling Stone also tagged it as her “most intimate LP yet.” The review pointed out how she veered away from her past good girl persona, singing about sex and said “sh*t” in a song for the first time. (Yes, it took Taylor six albums to get there.)
"IF A MAN TALK SHITS THEN I OWE HIM NOTHING" #Reputation
TAYLOR SWIFT SAYING SHIT AMEN
— Natt (@tayftswift) November 10, 2017
Fans seem to love the album too as they constantly post praises and live-tweet lyrics.
"Don't blame me, your love made me crazy. If it doesn't, you ain't doin' it right. Lord, save me, my drug is my baby. I'll be usin' for the rest of my life"
'Don't Blame Me' // #reputation pic.twitter.com/ivIf0wIAsd
— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSwiftLA) November 10, 2017
911: "What's your emergency?"
Me: "Yes, I've been attacked by Taylor Swift's #reputation"
— Taylor Swift Facts (@TSwiftFCT) November 10, 2017
Sorry, #reputation isn't by T-Swift. This is Tea Swift.
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) November 10, 2017
Taylor’s cackle in This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things added 5 years to my life, cleared my skin, turner my GPA into a 4.0, and straight up parted the clouds outside my window and showed me the gates of heaven. #reputation
— Rachel (@13swift1989) November 10, 2017
Looks like Taylor will be dominating the charts and everyone’s playlists once again. Let us know if you listened to Reputation and what you think of it. Are you loving new Taylor or do you want the old one back on the phone?
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