Taylor Swift embraces her bad ‘Reputation’ on sixth studio album

The canon of “good girl gone bad” albums is a very selective one, capturing a female pop star at her most rebellious, rejecting the expectations of the music-consuming public. The pinnacle of this art form came in 2007 with the release of Britney Spears’ “Blackout,” a dark, hedonistic album coming at the rock-bottom of Spears’ tumultuous personal […]

Swedish pop star Tove Lo takes us through an emotional roller coaster on ‘Lady Wood’

Tove Lo has never been one to play by the rules. The Swedish singer-songwriter’s breakout hit, “Habits (Stay High)” (2013), introduced a style of pop that had little precedent on American Top 40 radio as Tove sang about the need to numb her emotional pain via substances and partying. The track’s dark chorus is built […]

The singles bar: Waiting for ‘Lemonade’ edition

As tomorrow’s release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” inches ever closer, let us enjoy the time we have left with the catchy hits set to dominate the airwaves this summer. After all, the past couple of weeks have yielded a number of outstanding singles. With the stage finally set, the battle for the title of “Song of the Summer” has […]

Albums that should get the Ryan Adams ‘1989’ treatment

On Sept. 21, Ryan Adams released a track-by-track cover album of Taylor Swift’s “1989” (2014) that reimagined the record through Adams’ perspective. It was — in short — incredible. Hearing the songs in a different light was a jolting and rewarding experience as a pop fan and is a trend that I definitely hope continues. Here […]

Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’ covers give Swift’s music new life

“1989” (2014) was perhaps Taylor Swift’s biggest step away from her country singer-songwriter roots and toward the world of pop. She collaborated with high-profile pop producers like Max Martin and Shellback to create hits including the chart-topping “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space” and showed that album sales are not necessarily a thing of the past.  “1989” sold almost 1.3 million copies during […]

Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ video officially erases the goodie girl image

“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift’s new single and accompanying music video, which debuted on Nov. 10, and has already garnered over 15 million views on YouTube, indicates a clear departure from the artist’s classic “good girl” persona.  “You look like my next mistake,” she sings. Yup, Taylor Swift is officially cool now. What does this mean for the hipsters […]

Listeners bound to enjoy Swift’s ‘1989,’ even if they won’t admit it

Despite her highly problematic public persona — ranging from virginal ingenue to femme fatale, from lighthearted (albeit disingenuous) goofball to deadly serious without a whiff of self-awareness — Taylor Swift makes good music. Even from her earliest days in the musical world, Swift has been lauded for her songwriting skills. And though her music has […]