Not so swift

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Taylor Swift’s first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), released on Apr. 9, 2021.

Julia Moon, News Editor

There is no doubt that Taylor Swift is a praiseworthy pop and country singer, songwriter and acclaimed artist. To my knowledge, she is rightfully supported by her fans as she releases albums and unveils new songs each year, with people actively  awaiting her new re-recorded albums and archived works. There is just one problem about her most recent release though, and it is that I am not completely sold on her music. 

I think releasing her previously unreleased material and re-recorded albums as an effort to show that she owns her music is great, and really reflects on what Swift might want to do with her music in the future. But for me, when listening to her Mar. 25 release, You All Over Me (Taylor’s Version) featuring Maren Morris, I thought that her music was just not enough for me to add to my playlist and definitely not enough for me to put it on repeat either. 

My choice in music usually consists of lo-fi, hip hop, and alt-rock tracks, so it makes sense for Swift’s songs to not catch my ears as well as others who enjoy her music more than I do. In all honesty, I would probably choose the acoustic versions of her music if the choices came down to her original releases or acoustic sessions. The make-up of the song’s instrumentation is what gave the largest influence on my opinion, so rest assured, it was not Swift’s voice or her songwriting that I disliked.

Ultimately, my aversion towards Swift’s music is mostly credited to the producer’s style and instrumentation of her songs rather than her voice or lyrics. I would not mind if someone recommended a song to me that they thought I would like, but I highly doubt the track would stay on my playlist. Despite this opinion on her recent songs, I do wish the best for Taylor Swift’s future career, whether she continues in the music industry or elsewhere.