Taylor Swift’s new album is showing a different side of herself. No, I’m not talking about the controversy of her not letting people download songs ( You have to buy the cd, but I think she is wealthy enough..)
Her songs still have that feel of being written in swirly letters in a light pink and rhinestone diary.
Except now these words might have been penned in a red embossed journal with some vodka on a bedside table in a mansion.
I like the change.
Her songs are still deliciously chronicle men, love, lust jealousy and insanity. They are the words all girls wish they could sing, yet usually our auditorium is a shower full of fruity and floral shampoos and conditioners.
I looked up the album when some content was leaked and fell in love with “Bad Blood.” The title peaked my interest and the song delivers with angsty beats and entertaining lyrics.
At one point Swift coos, “Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes/You say sorry just for show/If you live like that, you live with ghosts/If you love like that, blood runs cold.”
I can’t wait for a badass video with her wearing a parquet-floor sweeping scarlet gown and her signature blood-red lipstick. The video can be full of flashbacks of some player and a dance routine with all of the scorned girls getting him back.
Swift has proved her creativity with her epic video for “Blank Space.” I remember blasting the song in my friend’s car, lingering on the lyrics but the video was better than all of my dreams.
It opens with Swift dressed in an elegant black lace gown with her ash blond hair swept in an up do. She opens the door to a guy that stepped straight out of a magazine. His eyes and smolder alone could make Swift swoon on the balcony.
Or maybe not, she’s a lot darker and powerful than her days of donning long golden curls and sparkly dresses in pastel shades.
They dance around a beautiful old mansion looking like Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby after he finally found the green light.
He screws her over and as Swift warns, “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream” she places her nails around his head and you don’t know if she is about to bring out a body bag or run to one of the grand bedrooms upstairs with him.
She pokes fun at her very public love life, makes crazy faces for the camera with mascara running down her face and sits in her canopied bed slicing a white heart cake with a knife and reveal a red cream center.
Haters are gonna hate hate hate, but I think this is a genius move, a person can’t take themselves too seriously and she ends up making a sexy and funny video.
I commend her for making a video in a mansion with a gorgeous model. The darkness in the video is just so much more compelling than her “Love Story” video days.
As ridiculous as the video is, I think more girls can relate. We may not have the lavish home or closet of couture gowns, but people and experiences are relatable. Some of us just don’t have music videos to act it out.
Swift ends up on top of the model, giving him one last kiss before another model shows up to the door and she looks up with a knowing smile on her still perfectly intact lips.
Other notable songs include “Wildest Dream” which captures the angst and dreamy, romantic side in a balanced manner. I imagine a video that will line up for a orsy perfume with sunshine, sunsets and more stunning dresses as she sings. “Say you’ll remember me/Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe/Red lips and rosy cheeks/Say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams.”
A recurring theme is the album is tall bad boys. I’m not all tall and lanky like Swift (I’m 5’0”) but I can dig this. Her lyrics speak to me.
“He’s so tall and handsome as hell/He’s so bad but he does it so well.”
Another one carefully (or maybe not so carefully veils) the feeling when other people taint a relationship. We all know the feeling, and the fast-paced, song will have your heart-racing to
“Something happens when everybody finds out/See the vultures circling in dark clouds/Love’s a fragile little flame/It could burn out, it could burn out”
“Lights flash and we’ll run for the fences/Let them say what they want, we won’t hear it/Loose lips sink ships all the damn time/Not this time.
The album ends with “Clean” a soft yet sincere and almost raw song about finally being clean. I kept thinking of a video with a white-satin dress (with an Arbor mist winestain), lyrical dancing and snow falling.
Swift begins with, “You’re still all over me like I wine-stained dress I can’t wear anymore.”
The song builds until she can say “Rain came pouring down when I was drowning/That’s when I could finally breathe/And that morning, gone was any trace of you; I think I am finally clean.”
It’s a beautiful and mature song. Swift is still a country sweetheart, living out every girl’s fantasy and signing from their diary in music videos with endless beautiful dresses. Yet she has grown up and learned a lot and now has a much more appealing style.