By Kelly Vasquez
“Me!” is the latest basic catchy pop song from Taylor Swift.
It is super vague with lines like “And there’s a lot of cool chicks out there” and “there’s a lot of lame guys out there.”
It doesn’t offer any substance such as her previous work. It’s a disappointment coming from a singer-songwriter with past hits such as “Blank Space,” where Swift critiqued how the media portrayed her, or her more soulful and emotional heartbreak hits such as “Back to December,” “Dear John,” or “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Swift is notorious for her songwriting skills that hit home with listeners, which makes this new single a bummer.
It’s been over a year since Swift released new music. Her last album in 2017, Reputation was dark, reflective and bitter. Nonetheless it sparked a new era for Swift. The inspiration for her new era came from her scandal involving Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. West called Swift because he was writing a new song and wanted to include a lyric about Swift, mentioning the infamous moment they shared at the 2009 VMA’s where he interrupted her winning speech for Best Female Music Video.
Swift gave the okay, but later said she had no idea about the lyric and wasn’t happy about it. Little did she know that Kim Kardashian had recorded the entire phone conversation. Swift was then painted as the villain in the media and she played that role well with songs like “Look What You Made Me Do” and “I Did Something Bad.” Swift gave herself a much needed image reform.
Swift has been teasing the release of her new single, “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco for quite some time now. The hints she had been dropping on Instagram consisted of pastel hearts and butterflies notioning she has ended her bad girl phase and would possibly return back to her roots.
Reputation had a gloomy and dark aesthetic, where as the teases she had put on instagram were nostalgic, pastel and bright.
She even held a fan event in Nashville promoting her new single, hinting she would possibly go back to her country roots. That isn’t exactly what happened.This single comes off as lazy, which is clearly evident in the chorus with lines such as “Me-e-e, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh” and “Eeh-eeh-eeh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh.” It’s a basic pop song, which it purpose is to make money. It is definitely trying to appeal to the masses with family-friendly lines like, “Hey kids, spelling is fun!” The message of loving yourself is cute, but it’s just too simple. It lacks creativity in lyrics and is nowhere near as smart as Swift has been in her songwriting. Urie plays his part well, but again, it doesn’t offer much other than just playing the basic duet partner. This single is the first of what will be Swift’s seventh album. Hopefully she has some more cards up her sleeve, because this isn’t the Taylor Swift we all know. There is no doubt this song will be on repeat this upcoming summer, but if it was not so basic.