I'm still a little sad (but not totally shocked, after seeing your recent charts) that "Getaway Car" and "Delicate" can't even be neighbors in your world Your enthusiasm for "Getaway Car" definitely inspired me to give it more attention this past week, and it NARROWLY missed out on re-entering my latest chart.JSparksFan wrote:I've been listening to "Delicate" today to see what it is that's won you over, and I'm slowly starting to appreciate it more, though it's not even in the same zipcode as "Getaway Car," which isn't here, unfortunately.
I'm not that crazy about "End Game" either. "Dress" is nice, though, and sexy, too!
"End Game" enjoyed the fairly-rare experience of steady, continuous growth over its first three weeks here (No. 20 -> No. 12 -> No. 5), and although it won't be going any higher (for now), I'm pretty on-board with it being a single. Tay's hook is really solid (as well as the way she sings that "it's like your eyes are liquor, it's like your body is gold..." part), and although the track can feel a little drawn-out at times, it's cool that both Future + Ed get their own unique verses (without it feeling like Tay was relegated to hook girl on her own song.) It does feel a little soon for them to already be actively promoting single #3, but I'm definitely rooting for it!
Speaking of inaction, a part of me feels like it might've been better if she'd just done another pop-ish album that didn't touch on any Katy or Kanye drama, instead of responding the way she has on reputation. The stance she's chosen to take/the way she's chosen to respond ("Yeah, yeah, yeah I'm SoOo terrrible. Whatever - you weren't there, you don't know know me, you just love to judge the innocent...") just makes her look worse That said, I'm obviously still enjoying a lot of this new material, and I don't believe she's said or done anything TRULY reprehensible - just cringey and disappointing at times (particularly for someone who'd been caught red-handed.)JSparksFan wrote:You pretty succinctly captured my thoughts on Reputation right there. My music library is littered with a various assortment of racists, homophobes, sexists, domestic abuse perpetrators, and the like, so Taylor being disingenuous doesn't even make her the worst f the crop, but her response to the backlash following her actions is juvenile, and for someone whose songwriter I hold in such high regard, I must admit I was disappointed that she didn't really own up to her transgressions, or reveal anything beyond what we already know, on the record. Take Eminem for instance, on "Bad Guy" he basically engages in full-on self-atonement for his homophobic and sexist past, and that is more along the lines of what I expected Taylor to do.
She's developing a disappointing streak of inaction.
**Sigh**JSparksFan wrote:The whole hip/hop community frustrates me with their homophobia. It's so hard sometimes being a double minority. Racist gays + homophobic blacks...le struggle is real.
It's nuts. Not ONLY do you have to deal with compounded discrimination from people who can't relate to you on any level...but you can't even find solace with people who share aspects of your identity, because they'll still have a problem with ANOTHER aspect of your identity Uughhhh. At a time when people REALLY need to be getting along and banding together more than ever, they continue to lash out at others within their own groups and just divide themselves even further. I swear, it feels like being animals in a cage sometimes, where instead of working together to fight our way out, we just turn against each other and tear each other apart...
Well, that's pretty horrific...JSparksFan wrote:There's a whole Twitter page devoted to 'exposing' her shady past.
I definitely fumble and struggle over if/when to forgive, though. Certain actions are truly irredeemable, but I also don't want to be too quick to completely dismiss people (partially because there's even less incentive from them to motivate or change if it's always a one-strike-and-you're-out system.) Sometimes it feels like I'm just making excuses ("They were so young, they were going through rough time, etc."), but I also want to be able to view actions (even rather awful ones) in context and not jump at the chance to crucify everybody and anybody. Idk...
Thanks again, Akini!