reputation
Taylor Swift - reputation
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Ratings: #542 / 668
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
Based on 325 ratings
2017 Ratings: #473
November 10, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Big Machine / Label
Electropop / Genres
taylorswift.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Slant Magazine

It's Swift's willingness to portray herself not as a victim, but the villain of her own story that makes Reputation such a fascinatingly thorny glimpse inside the mind of pop's reigning princess.

80
Rolling Stone

She's playing for bigger emotional stakes – this is an album full of one-on-one adult love songs.

80
The Guardian

At their best, these songs have a fizzing, pugilistic energy that recalls Britney Spears’ brilliant, mid-breakdown, screw-you-all 2007 album Blackout. At their least appealing, they’re still decent pop songs, but they feel generic.

80
The Telegraph

Reputation’s hi-tech digital sound pushes Swift further into the realm of plastic pop. It is an ear-bending assault of warping bass synths, head-smacking drum patterns and deliriously treated vocals.

80
The Independent

Over the years, she has been portrayed by the outside world: as the girl next door, the geek, the romantic, the marketing genius, the victim, the snake. Add them together and you might just get a complete person. Swift isn’t denying any of those facets of herself. She’s not excusing them. She’s just saying there’s more than one.

80
NME

While ‘Reputation’ packs heavy artillery that was almost entirely absent from ‘1989’, it’s actually a helluva ride.

80
musicOMH

It may not quite measure up to the heights of 1989, but whether she’s Old Taylor or New Taylor, there’s enough here to demonstrate why she’s still one of pop’s brightest pop stars.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Reputation is an oddly bifurcated creation, half obsessed with grim score-settling and celebrity damage, half infatuated with a lover who takes her away from all that.

75
A.V. Club

It’s as 2017 an album as you could imagine: a numbing narrative space that blots out the real world, where facts are tidy and stories are digestible and everything feels good enough to keep you entertained, at least until the next thudding chorus hits.

70
Exclaim!

On Reputation, the Taylor she's chosen to show us is one that's more confident than ever. Her adventurous sound is coupled with lyrics that are drunker and more sexual than ever.

70
Under The Radar

Reputation showcases a grown-up Swift, that's for certain. But she can't yet shake the fabled girl-next-door persona she has always written into her songs, no matter how hard she tries to play the Bad Girl.

70
Drowned in Sound

The midas pop touch that ran through 1989, on which she struck the perfect balance between her past and present selves, is lacking here; she’s sacrificed some of it for such a wholesale acceptance of current pop trappings. What’s refreshing about Reputation, though, is that she’s no longer holding the mask so tightly to her face.

65
Pitchfork

Reputation isn’t the failure that seemed possible a month or two ago; it’s full of bulletproof hooks and sticky turns of phrase. But in committing to a more conventional form of superstardom, Swift has deemphasized the skill at the core of her genius.

60
Sputnikmusic

In many ways, Reputation is a failure. But fucking up until you find something that works is what being 27 is all about. In that respect, Reputation is the only album its creator could have made.

60
PopMatters
It's not a game-changer, but it's also far from a disaster. Remove that EDM gossamer, and you're left with a solid, flawed little pop album, end of story.
60
AllMusic

It's difficult not to read Reputation as Swift's first self-consciously "adult" record, one preoccupied with sex, betrayal, and the scars they leave behind. Appropriately, she dresses Reputation in dark, moody sounds, dwelling on drum loops and synthesizers.

60
Clash
Swift’s unencumbered analysis of the tectonic shifts within her personal and public life are equal parts razor sharp and self-indulgent. But as a pop album, ‘Reputation’ is never revolutionary, the adrenalin rush heady but ultimately short-lived.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Reputation is the boring screaming gesture on behalf of a marketing fleet, an advertisement reaching out expecting your righteous empathy.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Taylor Swift’s newest release Reputation is the hypothetical pop album we once feared. Here she is, an artist on the defense, an expert singer-songwriter struggling to grasp at current trends that may not be beyond her reach, but also don’t suit her particular talents.

40
NOW Magazine
Swift might have transformed into the popular girl, but by all accounts, she’s still stuck in high school. Unfortunately for her, many fans are over it.
40
The Needle Drop

Reputation focuses more on the pop star narrative than it does actual pop songs.

33
Consequence of Sound

With Reputation, Swift seemingly has the idea that bigger, wider, and louder is necessarily better, but the dopamine rush that modern pop music can so reliably produce never arrives.

Oct 10, 2017*
Jer
15
Guaranteed garbage, or your money back

EDIT: I was right
Nov 19, 2017
EMR
60
Music is like conversation. It should often feel and read like a Q&A between an artist at the moment of crafting of an album, for example, and the wider audience that will soon be presented that individual's ideas, ambitions, vision, opinions and, above all, emotions - be them external or internal. Those personal issues can manifest in multiple forms and be channeled into sound waves of endlessly varying waveforms. If you consider how sound propagates only through air - in other words: ... read more
Nov 14, 2017
dyelir
67
Listeners came into this album with a lot of assumptions; "Look What You made Me Do" and "...Ready For It?" are bad lead singles. The album fares mostly better than these tracks, though. It seems like Taylor actually fares best when she's not mentioning petty drama and goes straight for the "Style"-esque romantic daydream of "Getaway Car" and "Call It What You Want", letting hooks guide her in these songs instead of staying in a vocal stasis.
Aug 25, 2017
NR
Somebody stop her
Aug 25, 2017
BruhMan
NR
Prince Controversy 2017
Track List
  1. ...Ready For It?
  2. End Game [ft. Ed Sheeran and Future]
  3. I Did Something Bad
  4. Don’t Blame Me
  5. Delicate
  6. Look What You Made Me Do
  7. So It Goes...
  8. Gorgeous
  9. Getaway Car
  10. King of My Heart
  11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied
  12. Dress
  13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
  14. Call It What You Want
  15. New Year’s Day


Added on: August 23, 2017