Romper | Molly and Zoey
As far as tracks on Reputation go, “End Game” is a prime example of “Taylor Swift trying too hard to be in-your-face.”
The song has its moments — I’ve sung along to “End Game” more times than I’d like to admit. It’s fun to play when you’re driving down a scenic road somewhere and in the mood to scream “OOH YOU AND ME WE GOT BIG REPUTATIONS, AHHHH” out the window of the car.
But, for the most part, “End Game” is a song that I find both confusing and exhausting to listen to. The entire thing just feels so forced. Forced attitude. Forced feelings. Forced vocals, even. Taylor x Future x Ed Sheeran is a three-way that could have worked but didn’t. I don’t listen to much of Future or Ed Sheeran’s music, yet I get the distinct sense that Future had to tone himself down for this collaboration while Taylor and Ed tried way too hard. It’s cringey. 
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Baby, let the games begin!
Surprisingly, most of the people I’ve talked to don’t like this song — it’s one of my favorites on Reputation and never fails to put me in a good mood. Maybe I’m a fan because I think the rap parts all sound like singing, so I don’t have to think about Taylor Swift rapping.
I personally like to play this song at a high volume when I’m about to take a test, go on a date, or tackle a tough programming exercise, because “… Ready For It?” is the musical equivalent of looking someone straight in the eye and asking them to try you.
Sweater, shorts, necklace, and sunglasses from Molly and Zoey | shoes from Charlotte Russe
Taylor Swift’s new album, Reputation, breaks down like this — 67% love songs about her current partner, 20% shade thrown at Kanye West and the hater media in general, and 13% about past exes.
That’s a different than what I was expecting. The vindictive lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” and the aggressive snake symbolism led me to expect an album of nothing but shade, anger, and revenge, full of songs similar to “Picture to Burn”, “Better than Revenge”, “Bad Blood”, and the occasional “Teardrops On My Guitar.” Instead, it’s filled with songs that sound like more grown-up versions of “Enchanted”, “Fearless”, and “State of Grace” — embracing infatuation, lust, admiration, and companionship while finding out who your real friends are. (more…)