Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Taylor Swift Just Took Her Pop Queen Throne. All Hail!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 6:05 AM

click to enlarge Taylor_Swift_We_Are_Never_Ever_Getting_Back_Together.jpg

Well, I feel vindicated. For years I've been screaming that Taylor Swift is really "a pop powerhouse masquerading as a young country-music heroine" and now I finally have proof.

I'm a long-time believer in the the many talents of T-Swizzle. And while her gaggingly adorable IWearMyCoffeeShopOutfitWhenIGoToTheCoffeeShop-ness sometimes still makes me want to punch her, when it comes to the tunes my homegirl can do no wrong.

See also: Taylor Swift Is Saving America Taylor Swift Is Destroying America Taylor Swift at the Scottrade Center, 8/14/11: Review, Photos, Setlist

Her new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is a pop monster. It's slick and big and catchy as a mofo-- it's everything a pop single should be. With a chorus that is best described as a piston-powered cheerleader chant, repetitive lyrics about a relatable subject and a play time of just over three minutes, this lil' guy was clearly engineered for the radio. Its sing-along qualities mean that you can hear it once and then have it stuck in your head for hours, even if you hate it. To me, that is the mark of a great pop song. If this song is any indication of the sound on her forthcoming album, Red, her days as a "country" star are fading.

Many of you will listen and think What fresh hell is this? And I thought that, too, for about twenty seconds. At first I was annoyed by the over-simplified lyrics and the flow-ruining talking bits. I was like Aww, man. What is this mess? Girl, you are a grown-ass businesswoman-- knock if off with the adolescent shit.

And then I realized something important: Taylor Swift is making fun of herself! She's acknowledging what we all think of her and she's also making fun of her dating history and her dumb girl emotions. T-Swizzle is totally in on the joke. What a relief.

Now be a good student of pop culture and listen to this song. Or give it a play just to get used to it because it's never going to leave your head. A new contender for Best Summer Jam of 2012 has just arrived.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 27, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation