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The 15-song effort is Swift’s sixth album to date and follows 2014’s 1989. It features only two guest artists, Ed Sheeran and Future, who appear on the same track, “End Game”. Recent Lorde and St. Vincent collaborator Jack Antonoff co-wrote and produced two of the previously shared songs, “Look What You Made Me Do” and “Call It What You Want”. Meanwhile, Swift teamed up with the duo of Max Martin and Shellback on “…Ready For It?” and “Gorgeous”.
Swift’s album promotion cycle wasn’t without controversy. After denying the November 10th release date was connected to the anniversary of the death of Kanye West’s mother, the pop singer partnered with Ticketmaster to launch a controversial pay-to-play ticketing system. Last month, her “…Ready For It?” video aped Scarlett Johansson’s whitewashed version of Ghost in the Shell. More recently, Swift sent a cease-and-desist letter to a blogger who wrote a critical essay about her connections to the alt-right.
In his Reputation review, Consequence of Sound’s Geoff Nelson concludes the album is “a bloated, moving disaster,” adding that it’s “as embarrassing as it is garish, like gold curtains in the Oval Office.”
“It’s rare to see an American celebrity, with her stable of co-writers and Swedish hit-makers, stumble so conspicuously. Success can be had for a price in America, and, part of the charm of Reputation lies in its density of failure: Every gesture sounds so poor, each decision so ill-advised, so many of the mistakes sound so avoidable.”
01. …Ready For It?
02. End Game (feat. Ed Sheeran and Future)
03. I Did Something Bad
04. Don’t Blame Me
06. Look What You Made Me Do
07. So It Goes…
09. Getaway Car
10. King of My Heart
11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied
13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
14. Call It What You Want
15. New Year’s Day