Taylor Swift Review: Red

Taylor Swift
Red
taylor swift album cover art, red, new album

The first time I really listened to Taylor Swift was last year when I heard the song “Mean”. On the surface it seemed like another sad song about a love-gone-wrong, but it turned out this catchy and clever little tune is only disguised as such. When you dig a bit deeper you find that her ulterior motives are better served as a bit of an “eff you” to all her harsher critics (including Kanye, the end all be all of critics). I thought it was a good move. I know it is a bit boastful to compare oneself to Parks and Rec’s Ron Swanson, but if there is one way I am similar it lies in the irony that as he is a man who hates government, yet works for it while I am a man who hates critics, yet I write critiques for a music blog. So I really rather enjoyed hearing Taylor sing about how successful she is while all her critics are nothing but talking heads that continue to voice their loud opinions that nobody hears. Only to become exactly what she mocked in that song, I thought I would give her new album Red, a fair shake.
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New God Flow: *Bleep* Everything Else

Kanye West and Pusha T
“New God Flow”

Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music track, New god flow

I don’t know but I’ve been told … (I don’t know but I’ve been told)
Ye’s new track is solid gold … (Ye’s new track is solid gold)!

^Yeezy joins the Military

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Top Ten Thursday: Break-up Songs So Good You Might Want To Break-up Just to Get the Full Effect

candy heart, funny, humorous

For some reason we decided to list the top ten break-up songs the same week as Valentine’s Day.  This is awfully cynical, but most relationships do end up in a break up, so deal with it.  The discussion on which songs should make the list was uncharacteristically emotional for a LxL meeting, and ended with Wes quite sore over several subjects and Todd reduced to a puddle of salty-teared emotion.  The end list did end up quite interesting though, with several classics, and a fair bit of 90’s girl pop.  Let’s see if I can give all these songs justice without crying into my ice cream. 

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