Look What You Made Me Write

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.

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Unnecessarily Deep Review of Crappy Song Lyrics: “Words” edition

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

Unnecessarily Deep Review of Crappy Song Lyrics: “Cheerleader” edition

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

Revisiting Taylor Swift with a look at her new single “Blank Space”

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.

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Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”: The Platonic Ideal of a Terrible Pop Song?

A few weeks ago, a song came on the radio I hadn’t heard. It was terrible, but really catchy.

I found out later that it was, as you may have guessed based on the title of this article, Taylor Swift’s new opus, “Shake It Off”.

I have heard it many more times since then, and it has wormed its way deep into my brain. So let’s take a deep look at it, and possibly exorcise it from me in the process. Continue reading