I’ve waited to share my thoughts on Taylor Swift’s latest song until its music video came out. Now it is time for Thomas to brutally analyze and tear apart T-Swift’s latest work… well, not really. At least not in third person.
Two Sundays ago I was alone in my best friend’s apartment doing laundry, and guess what song I sang and danced to the entire time? “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The fact that I’m unafraid to admit it shows how catchy this song is – unless her shining success on the charts is enough. I mean, the song title has twelve syllables, and Swift still manages to make it an upbeat, sing-along friendly pop tune.
But, that’s all it is. A sing-along friendly pop tune, that doesn’t really leave you desiring anything more. As I posted on Twitter when the song first came out, I somewhat wish that I had a worse relationship with my ex so I could empathize with Taylor Swift more. This song almost screams immaturity – I love the confident “I’m not gonna cry over you” vibe, but it seems like Swift is regressing when it comes to the quality of her songs and her lyrics.
One of my friends pointed out “Dear John.” In this song, Swift describes her heartbreak subtly and beautifully, attacking her ex but restraining herself in an almost svelte way. In “White Horse”, Swift sings about her loss of innocence and her battle with a boyfriend’s betrayal by alluding to the popular white horse found in fairy tales. Even in her more direct and confrontational song “Picture to Burn”, she uses metaphor to compare her past with the guy to the picture that she’s setting aflame. In “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”… that’s it. Taylor Swift will never get back together with her boyfriend. Ever.
Basically, the big picture point here is this: not every single thing is about relationships or romance. A lot of people have this problem with Swift’s work in general, but I never found it an issue because of how she sprinkled in songs like “Mean” and “Safe and Sound.” Even then, her songs about relationships were clever and had some cunning within their lyrics, but “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is literally a song about Taylor Swift not getting back together with her boyfriend. Nothing more, nothing less. Need I remind everyone that she’s 22?
Even though the music video was recently released, I feel like quite a few people are already criticizing it – stating things along the lines of “oh my gosh, this music video was so lame!” or “this sucks, totally not what I expected!”
Well, what did is there to expect in a music video for a song like this? Swift boxed herself in rather tightly when she wrote and produced a song solely about not getting back together with her boyfriend. It’s clearly not the most mind-blowing music video ever, but considering what she had to work with, I think she/the directors did a stellar job. They avoided releasing another linear breakup video, and the constantly traveling cinematography kept my attention. The atmosphere of the video just felt like fun, which I think is the best thing they could aim for, as it suits the style of the song and doesn’t feel contrived.
Overall, I feel indifferent toward this song and I like its music video. If Swift’s goal was to bring attention to her upcoming album by first promoting a bubble-pop track, then she’s on the right path – hopefully, she has more to offer with the release of Red on October 22.