Taylor Swift’s new song isn’t completely terrible.
Although I admit I’m not sure I have the courage to watch the video:
It’s not that I have a blanket dislike of bubblegum pop, mind you. My affection for Avril Lavigne has been confessed enough times that it hardly even feels like a confession anymore. But Taylor Swift? God. Taylor is the worst, and her single before this one was like the ur-Taylor Swift song. Shake it Off is literally everything about Taylor Swift that sucks concentrated into four minutes, and I hate it so much that I have to turn off the radio when it comes on.
This one, on the other hand? I knew I was in trouble the first time I heard it, when this line floated through my ears:
Oh my god
Look at that face
You look like
My next mistake
And I thought “Heh, that’s kind of clever,” and only a minute or two later realized that I’d thought something complimentary about a Taylor Swift song. It’s amazing to me that these two tracks are on the same album; one of my biggest gripes about Swift is that she seems unable to write about anything other than herself and how everyone’s always picking on her/doing her wrong/mean/insufficiently worshipful, and Blank Space actually betrays a sense of humor about herself, which to my knowledge she’s never done before.
I’m not about to buy the album or anything. But yeah, this one? Not bad.