We have very few rules here at Soft Core Sophistry, but one of them is that when Taylor Swift drops a new single after a long hiatus, our hiatus must also end.
Her new single “Look What You Made Me Do” is out, and with the release of her new music video on Sunday, it’s time to give it a full accounting.
Let’s delve deep into what some unnamed someone made Swift do.
In the past, I’ve reviewed Taylor Swift and OMI‘s hit singles, pointing our how insipid they are.
Today, we’re going to look at a lesser-known song, AMZY’s “Words”. Chances are you haven’t heard it. They’re a local band that’s been getting some airplay and stage time in Denver, and that made me hesitate to include them in this series. It’s not really fair to hold local acts to the same standards as national hits.
But the song keeps getting stuck in my head and I need to exorcise it, so let’s do this thing. Continue reading
I might have been a bit premature a couple of weeks ago when I said with the election over, the anger permeating our country would dissipate. Whoops!
Instead, we have descended into a bitter division. We have protests against the president elect before he’s even taken office. We have the same president elect crying that the theater should be a safe space for his vice president elect.
We need a voice we can all listen to, to tell us what to do, so we have something extra to be thankful for.
We need Taylor Swift. Continue reading
Lemonade is the Beyonce album that dropped out of nowhere and made the nation lose its collective mind.
While there was praise for the music and appreciation of the visual elements, people also heavily discussed what the music meant. It seemed clear that Beyonce had created an album about her husband Jay-Z cheating on her.
Now word is coming out that it was all a hoax—the whole story was a fiction.
This causing an outcry, and even a division within our offices. So only we here at Soft-Core Sophistry are up to the task of breaking it down.
This is Point/Counterpoint. Continue reading
Today, for the 10,734th time, I heard OMI’s “Cheerleader”. Like all empty pop songs, it doesn’t warrant close scrutiny.
So let’s scrutinize it.
I finally actually heard the lyrics beyond “found myself a cheerleader” and it was confusing and frustrating to listen to. Now my pain can be your pain. Continue reading
I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And it’s a real ego boost that my little blog has reached some of the highest levels of power.
All the same, I’d prefer that if the Speaker of the House is going to rip off my shtick that he do a better job of it.
My heartfelt condolences to the intern in John Boehner’s office who had to write this.
It’s still an improvement on the level of political discourse in this country though.
Taylor Swift has a new song out, so it’s time to revisit the delightful madness she exhibits.
Last time, we reviewed “Shake It Off” which we determined was a monstrosity of a song that transcended time and space to be the inspiration for every terrible song that came before it.
This time we look at “Blank Space” though I can’t give you another 1,500 words on it. It still bears investigation.
And animated gifs. We’ll intersperse them throughout the post. Continue reading