Sorry, I've got my sassy pants on tonight.
Now I bring the sass to this album.
Taylor has progressed in some odd directions over the years she's been in the public eye, some for better and some for worse. The pop elements of her music have engulfed her sound, and at times the songs can be artful and fun and other times they can feel relatively forced. This album is a mixed bag of both ends.
There are some progressive ideas coming here, both from a lyrical standpoint and a sonic perspective. In fact, some of Swift's best songs are here on this album. I could see a fan of hers finding this her most mature, exciting and well developed release. If you're a fan of T-Swift, this is the album for you.
However, as someone who at least respects her work but hasn't ever really loved the delivery of her music, I'll admit I found myself pretty bored throughout this. It ends up being a little too bloated of an album with a few too many tracks doing the same thing that the track before it did. Had Swift compiled some of her best works from the album here, this would have actually been a shockingly effective release from the pop icon.
Inevitably, there is just too much trying to be accomplished and too many unfinished or unfortunately poorly executed ideas here. But respect to Taylor for delivering where she did.
Favorite track: The Archer