Same old reputation

By now you’ve heard the new Taylor Swift single. If you haven’t, here’s a genuinely creepy lyric video:

If you ask me, she’s splitting the difference between Tristan Prettyman (Cedar + Gold) and Beyoncé (Lemonade), but she has neither Queen Bey’s venom, snake imagery notwithstanding, or Tristan’s wistful ruefulness (or is that “rueful wistfulness”?) to show for it.

Then again, I didn’t much like the lead single off Tay’s previous album — “Shake It Off” from 1989 — but “Blank Space” won me over. So I’m not going to cancel my pre-order for reputation. Yet.

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