I’ll admit it – I was a huge Taylor Swift fan throughout middle and high school. I sang along to her happy songs, sad songs, and just about everything in between. I even splurged and bought tickets to her concert one summer… No regrets.
As I got older, I started to like her less, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t help but jam out to every song on “Red.” Even though I don’t consider myself the fan I once was, I was still very anxious to hear her new song “Shake It Off” when it premiered yesterday.
“Disappointed” doesn’t even do justice to explain how I felt after watching the music video.
The first thing you should know and understand is that Taylor is by no means a country artist anymore. If you thought “Red” was straying far from her traditional country roots, you’re in for it this time.
While Taylor has been commended for her heartfelt lyrics in the past, this song contains anything but that… The lyrics “players gonna play, and the haters gonna hate” don’t really speak to me the way some of her songs in the past did. This song screams “pop radio” with its repetitive lyrics that seemingly every young girl can relate to – “shaking off” a boy, or really anyone / anything.
I’m not saying the song isn’t catchy – it is, it’s just not Taylor… And neither is the video. For example, twerking and breakdancing are just a few of the dance styles featured. To confirm: this is a Taylor Swift video, not a Miley Cyrus one and no, Taylor still can’t dance.
The first words that came to my mind? Sell out.
Taylor may have been mocked for bashing her exes in her girl-power hits of the past, but that’s what made her her. The songs she wrote were relatable, but in a unique, personalized way. To me “Shake It Off” is just another catchy pop song that pre-teens will request on the radio for a few months before it’s forgotten.
Sorry Taylor, I just can’t see myself “getting down to this sick beat.”