Sam: Taylor has done a total Delta Goodrem and proved gracefully that she’s the arrhythmic white woman. I’ve always had my difficulties with Taylor Swift. She seems sickly sweet but then also able to churn through boyfriends at the rate of knots and then leave them read-faced in the corner as she writes a song about them. The beginning of my turning point was 2012’s Red. It seemed no longer was Swifty making bland break-up songs, but Max Martin-produced pop gold, that saw her become the greatest country-crossover since Shania Twain.
As a guilty pop addict, Red ticked all the boxes but it still had some complete stinkers (that Ed Sheeran ballad for one). Now we’re back for pop Tay Tay round 2 and she’s nailed it. The Lady Gaga’s and Rihanna’s of the world have slept this year and allowed Taylor to come through and give a pop single that’s going to be hard to beat in 2014. The video is dorky yet strangely cool and Taylor is completely at ease with not being able to dance.
As for the song, what else could you really want in a pop song? I’ve had the word haters in my head for two days now and those little punches of brass are pure Max Martin brilliance. Every great pop song needs its iconic moment and for me that comes with the Hollaback Girl-esque rap. “You could’ve been getting down to THIS SICK BEAT”, is both ridiculous and hilarious but it somehow sounds genuine. This is going to be the biggest selling song of the year, without a doubt. And you know what, she probably deserves it. *takes a gulp, tucks pride away*
Bianca: As a pop song, Shake it off is text book. Catchy hook, simple drumbeat, cheerleader-inspired chant and repetition all mixed up to formulate an over-produced piece of commercial radio-friendly music. And it is with this blatant in-your-face corniness that Tay Tay has been able to expertly get away with her obvious transition from country bumpkin to ‘pop star’.
Her tongue-in-cheek lyrics accompanied with the music video oscillate between totally cringe-worthy and humorous that one is left confused as to how to feel. This leaves you with no other option than to embrace its catchiness and almost admire the awkwardness of a lanky, ‘girl-next-door’ blonde chick trying to make it in a world full of haters.
Lizzie: Okay, so Shake it Off was kinda catchy. But don’t take that as sign that I may want to listen to her regularly. This entire exercise has forced me to Google Taylor Swift, which I have not actively chosen to do before. My computer history now feels dirty.