Taylor Swift's New Album Is Stuffed With Literary References, It's Basically a Library
Taylor Swift has graced the planet with yet another full studio album, Reputation, which premiered on November 10th. This time around were looking at a fifteen song compilation for Taylor's tenth year in the game as she tries to embrace modern pop in the midst of a string of PR disasters that have dogged her in recent years; beefin' with the likes Nicki Minaj and Kim and Kanye West.
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Since her last album, 1989, Taylor has deleted her social media history, has not promoted Reputation in any way and her first critics were her die hard fans who she invited to listen to the album for the first time in her own home.
People are calling this era of Taylor 'The Great Reputation Purge.' Of the multitude of album reviews that have come through since Reputation's release a few days ago, we at Bookstr have noticed Taylor's lil' references to Charles Dickens and even F. Scott Fitzgerald. We just love the bridge she has built between classic literature and modern pop music.
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T-Swizzle quoted Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities on her song "Getaway Car" but changed the famous line from "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times" to "it was the best of times, it was the worst of crimes"... and that's about all I have to say about that.
In the song "This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” she refers to “feeling so Gatsby for that whole year,” and on “Don’t Blame Me,” she calls herself “your Daisy,” presumably referring to her relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Of course, as we all know, Daisy is a someone we everybody should aspire to be more like.
In "So It Goes", she seems to be referencing Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, which frequently used the phrase "so it goes" in order to address the theme of mortality. Deep.
Guess she's been brushing up on her high school reading list.
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