Music review: Taylor Swift

Pop Princess. Crazy Cat Lady. Alt-Right Figurehead.

Whatever she’s cast as, Taylor Swift remains a juggernaut, more impervious with each release.

Her sixth LP, while not quite a Yeezy-style renaissance, is awash with clinical, top-shelf electro pop: a far cry from her cutesy country roots, as she, along with A-List allies Jack Antonoff and Max Martin employ R&B cadences and trap soundscapes to add ballast to her well-worn balladry. 

The icy electronica of I Did Something Bad sees her channel Grace Jones, while Dress is an R&B masterclass, enough to shake off the tired tabloid posturing.

• Taylor Swift. Reputation. Universal. 

• ★★★★ (out of five)

Single download: Dress
For those who like: Grace Jones, with added insecurities

— John Hayden

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