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'Me!' image (Taylor Swift)

Promotional artwork for Taylor Swift’s “ME!”

On April 26, Taylor Swift ushered in spring — and her latest musical period — with a dream in pastel. The mixture of a multiweek Instagram countdown and a bevy of scattered hints left followers greedy at conspiracy theories and rearing for a recent observe. As cryptic as the times main as much as its the discharge had been, “Me!” is remarkably clear and par the course for Swift.

For an artist bent on routine reinvention, Swift presents in “Me!” no radical departure from its speedy predecessors. That includes the layered synth introduction of “Getaway Automobile” and background key-smashing embraced by “This Is Why We Can’t Have Good Issues,” this observe alerts at the least an try at sonic continuity throughout eras. It stays lyrically playful however superficial — “I’m the one one in every of me / Child, that’s the enjoyable of me” — in a manner which stays accessible to basic audiences. Swift has nailed down a manufacturing components that clearly works.

The primary distinction this time round — although, if her earlier observe file is any indication, one must be cautious of placing an excessive amount of inventory in forecasts primarily based on Swift’s early releases — is in tone. To say that “Me!” oozes theatricality is an understatement. Underpinned by a rapt snare drumline, the track calls for efficiency with a full marching band as assist. “Me!” earns its title not as a result of it gives introspection in an age of overwrought private tasks, however quite as a result of it drowns out narrative with pith in a bid for extensive consideration, if not attraction. Whereas Swift’s final period prevented the press and supplied dampened releases, the newest observe hints at a bounding return to maximalism.

Although Swift’s decisions are unsurprising, it’s not true that all of them make sense. The bridge, rife with elementary exclamations like “Spelling is enjoyable!” and “You may’t spell ‘superior’ with out ‘me’” is dumbfounding. Swift could have entered her political period, however a immediately developed penchant for scholar literacy appears unlikely. Additionally quite unusual is the addition of a featured artist. Although Brendon Urie from Panic! on the Disco gives good steadiness to the duet, an ode to self-importance that by design shares the highlight appears unorthodox.

Followers of Swift ought to know that the winter of her profession (if one can name it that) has handed, spring is right here, and “Me!” stays the course. It’s brilliant, catchy, and as a lot of a pivot in direction of the bottom frequent denominator as want be to seize the big audiences the performer is so keen on. The one helpful benchmark for one in every of Swift’s lead singles is whether or not it might conceivably fill an area with delight. As all the time, the reply is sure.

—Employees author Rick Li may be reached at rick.li@thecrimson.com.


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