In case you’re one of the seven people in the world who hasn’t heard yet, the pop princess Taylor Swift just announced the details of her new album in an Instagram live story. For those of you who do not want to sit through the full 10 minute video (which can be found below), I’ll summarize the key points right here.
In addition to her sharing the details of her new album today, Taylor also released a new single called You Need To Calm Down. The music video has just dropped and features a massive collection of LGBTQ stars in an appropriately colorful video. In the meantime, here’s my in-depth analysis of Taylor Swift’s You Need To Calm Down.
The first thing that hits you is that this is obviously not one of the romantically themed songs. This song actually touches on something that many celebrities and non-celebrities alike have been talking about in the last couple of years, which is rage culture. Nowadays, it seems like people are just looking for an excuse to get angry at someone and it seems like Taylor has had enough.
The slow of rhythmic clamping and drum combo makes for a nice underlying beat that doesn’t try to steal any attention away from Taylor’s vocals. When the vocals do finally come in, she starts off with a sing songy speaking voice that is reminiscent of many of her other tracks.
Once we hit the pre-chorus, the vocals get brought up to as close to a rapping speed that someone as white as Taylor can get. Then we’re launched into the chorus where we’re greeted with layered vocals of her singing “oh” over and over again with a power high note at the end (much like we saw in the chorus of ME!).
From a vocal and lyric standpoint, this song does everything great. The overall message of the song lyrics is one that I strongly agree with, since people seem to have long since lost the concept of perspective in the world and take everything to heart.
What is even more funny is that not everyone will enjoy this song as much as I did and dear god help those poor souls because diehard Taylor Swift fans are going to pour out of the woodwork to spam them with online hate (obliviously missing the intent of the song altogether).
My only instance of questionable lyrics is the line that says, “Cause shade never made anybody less gay”. It’s not a bad line, just a weird one and it makes me laugh everytime I hear it.
Honestly, Taylor has just been killing it with these first two tracks and if it’s any indication about what the rest of her album has in store for us, then we’re all in for a real treat.
Overall, I give this song 4 out of 5 calming breaths.