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"The best breakup song ever is Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.” The way she fills it with details from the relationship and she describes all their memories and channels that frustration and misery and explains the frustration and misery of remembering something wonderful. Or “Red” because I like the idea that even if they broke up she doesn’t regret loving him because it was a love."
Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony on what’s the best breakup song ever (via brighteyedswift)
Swift softens her scornful tone on the impressive ballad “All Too Well.” Lyrics like “We’re dancing round the kitchen in the refrigerator light / Down the stairs, I was there, I remember it all too well” reveal a more relatable narrative than a clichéd Romeo & Juliet romance. The slow build up of “Treacherous” can be compared to U2’s “With or Without You.” As for “Holy Ground,” it’s simply the best thing Swift has ever done. The sprightly “Holland, 1945” knock-off makes me wonder that if her anonymous hipster ex-boyfriend made her suffer through In The Aeroplane Over The Sea—my educated guess for the maligned album in “We Are Never…”—maybe some that Elephant 6 magic seeped past her perfect bangs.
If you’re offended that I’d dare compare Jeff Mangum to Taylor Swift… that’s kind of my point. Swift is as legitimate an artist as Mangum or Frank Ocean or Fiona Apple or Kendrick Lamar or whomever else you want to compare her against. The dominant theme throughout Red is a rejection of the hipper-than-thou attitude that Swift encountered in her failed relationship. A lyric in “22” rings true: “It seems like one of those nights / This place is too crowded too many cool kids.” The tall, blonde, neurotic Swift has long been ostracized by the cool kids, and now the older, more mature Swift is fed up with their dumb games.
A legitimate question can be raised why Pitchfork, an increasingly mainstream publication whose year-end rankings holds some weight in the music industry, has never reviewed a Taylor Swift album. They’ve reviewed Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna and Beyonce, but the site only references Swift as part of the Kanye meltdown. It’s a shame Pitchfork didn’t rate Red because it’s an album that truly deserves its best new music label. I’ve listened to hundreds of albums this year, and while there are many indie records that are cooler than Red, there are few that are better."
"Taylor Swift the second most influential artist working. The first is the rappers. Anyone can be a rapper, note I didn’t say a GOOD rapper, but a rapper. Learning how to play an instrument and write songs requires a bigger investment. But people are making it. Just like Mariah Carey begat Christina Aguilera and the Melisma Maddies of TV singing competitions, we’re going to have a bunch of girls singing songs from the heart. Ms. Swift is the biggest star in America, if you’re not trying to replicate her success, you’re looking up a blind alley. She’s represents everything classic rock used to…catchy stuff sung from the heart that sets your mind free."