Whether you like it or not, the world has been swept up by the hype surrounding Taylor Swift‘s sixth album, Reputation. Preceded by already-smash hits ‘Look What You Made Me Do‘ and ‘…Ready For It?‘, the themes are fairly clear: Swift’s ongoing feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, her many whirlwind romances, and the media’s (perceived) mistreatment of her.
So it’s a little bit funny, kind of, just a little bit, that Taylor’s first move after releasing the album to rapturous acclaim from Swifties is to prove that it’s not just die-hard Tay-Tay fans who love it.
Yep, she’s gone and posted a bunch of glowing reviews that the album’s already garnered on her Instagram – a literal litany of her critical success. For someone who’s appeared totally disdainful of the media for the entire publicity cycle leading up to this record’s release, she sure seems cool with them now.
The reviews themselves are all indeed pretty good.
The New York Times praised Swift for her self-awareness, and The Guardian gave her four stars and the faint praise of being a “smart cookie”. The Telegraph, in another four star review, compares her to Robbie Williams (?!), and Rolling Stone accurately pins it when they say, “The world was expecting ‘Reputation’ to be a celebrity self-pity party, after her September single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, airing her grievances about getting mistreated by other famous people.”
Instead, it appears, she’s made something complex and overwhelmingly (but measuredly) dramatic. And good on her.
All those Insta posts just feel a little… I dunno. Does even Taylor Swift, multi-million dollar superstar hit-maker, feel the need to prove to the world that she’s actually good at her job? That’s kind of a bummer, tbh.