I didn't want to do it. I tried very hard to not include this album on this roundup. Taylor Swift is an incredible songwriter, and one of the most prominent pop music figures of my lifetime. (Her debut came out the year after I graduated high school....yikes!!!!!!) She is also, maybe, probably, the hardest pop culture icon to root for, ever? She has tangled herself into the most elaborate & racially charged pop culture battle of the age and all parties involved continue to act like fools about it. It's exhausting/embarrassing to watch. But that's not the point of this post, the point of this post is that except for 2 tracks I'd be happy to never hear again, Reputation is GOOD. It's darker, moodier, dirtier territory for Taylor, and I think it suits her to not pretend to be perfect. I love the flashes of her classic songwriting technique in the new setting (choice example: "we met a few weeks ago, now you try on calling me baby like trying on clothes"). I love it. I resign myself to the fact that I will love her music forever, even if she drives me bonkers.
Standout tracks: "Ready for It?", "Delicate", "Gorgeous", "Getaway Car", "King of My Heart", "Dancing with Our Hands Tied"
DAMN., Kendrick Lamar
Harry Styles, Harry Styles
What about you?! What was your favorite music from this year? What albums should I check out?? I'm all ears!