I've seen Swift's "Dress" described as a slow jam and "her sexiest song to date," but it also resembles a years-late FKA Twigs knockoff.
A bloodless falsetto and grating hook fail to ignite lines like "I only bought this dress so you could take it off" (racy by Swift's puritan standards).
opens with its worst track and ends with one of the best. It's curious that the track's opening seconds clearly resemble Kanye West's "I'm In It," given Swift's renewed antipathy for the rapper.
But Swift never summons the swagger to justify those harsh sandpaper synths—she just sounds like she's drowning.2.
"I Did Something Bad""I wrote this song on piano," Swift says.
Swift's sixth album, 'Reputation,' was released on Friday. " is an industrial-coated disaster, a flailing cocktail of grinding synths and faux-rap delivery that's as gratuitous as the ellipses in the title.
Lyrically, Swift is embracing the villainous persona she tried on for size on "Blank Space"—she didn't just do something bad but wants you to know she'd "do it over and over and over again if I could." (Speaking of villains, the witch hunt imagery in the bridge is remarkably ill-timed.)4.
"Don't Blame Me"A thick gospel vibe and big, soaring hook make "Don't Blame Me" an immediate highlight from .
The shimmering synth-pop pastiche lands in the same neighborhood as Carly Rae Jepsen's recent gem "Cut to the Feeling," and the hook is , in both catchiness and energy.10.
"King of my Heart"Here is where the album starts to feel too damn long by three or four songs (though at 55 minutes, it is not even one of the top two longest Swift records).