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Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

14 Aug

Songwriters:  Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Johan Shellback

McKayla Maroney says this better than I could:

By now it should hardly come as a surprise that Taylor Swift’s songs sound pop, but it’s easy to be almost taken aback by how fiercely un-country this song is, banjo in the country mix notwithstanding.  As a pop song, it could be worse – at least in terms of structure.  It boasts a sparse production and a strong melodic hook that makes a memorable impression, particularly in the chorus.  It will fit in comfortably on Top 40 playlists between toe-tapping hits by Katy Perry and Hot Chelle Rae.

There’s just no way around the fact that this is a huge step backward for Swift in terms of lyrical construction.  This song could be seen as everything Taylor Swift’s detractors detest about her wrapped up into a neat little package, with the juvenile aspect of her persona being played up to the point that it borders on self-parody.  While the “What!?” hook sounds cute at first, the “ooh ooh oohs” and the snipey spoken word portions are grating upon arrival.  As a whole, the lyric is one-dimensional, unimaginative, and – while I hate to use everbody’s favorite Swift perjorative – yes, this is very immature.  Swift has done this kind of song many times before, and she’s done it with much more perspective, insight, and cleverness than she shows here.  Considering she’s getting into her twenties now, it would be nice to see some forward artistic progression.

There are things that “Never Ever” gets right, but they’re not enough to offset all that it gets wrong.  While there’s a potentially good catchy pop song buried in here somewhere, it ultimately ends up getting smothered in cheese.  If this represents the direction of Swift’s upcoming album Red, then perhaps we would be better off joining Swift’s ex in listening to “some indie record that’s much cooler than mine.”

TAYLOR’S SCORE:  4
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Single Reviews

 

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11 responses to “Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

  1. GBSMITH

    August 14, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Thank goodness somebody sees this song for what it is! The worse song ever, whether Pop or Country…..it’s just plain silly and bad! Please Country radio…..don’t play this ridiculous song!

     
    • Alison

      August 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      country radio going to play it rumour has it that it has a deal with clear channel, and so for the first week it is going to be played on 55 country stations once every hour; at least that is what i heard.

       
  2. ny4carrie

    August 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Wow such a great, honest review. This song is so cheesy not even Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez would touch it with a ten foot pole. It is too juvenile for even them! And it is about as country as “Snoop Dog.” lol I thought a 22 year old woman would finally grow up from the teeny bopper tween bubble gum pop songs she wrote on the first 3 albums, but such is not the case. She continues to write about the same topic over and over again: tween love. This sounds like a text message to the boyfriend of a 13 year old girl. Horrid.

     
  3. clpclp

    August 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Disney pop. Country version or not, still pop. But clean, nit trashy pop. How old is she?

     
  4. Heidi Jackson

    August 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I hate that regardless, this song will get a lot of air time because of young girls. Country radio shouldn’t play this song, however keep the fans happy in the pop charts. The most upsetting thing about this song being considered country isn’t the destruction of the genre, it’s that unfortunately, she’ll outrun some amazing country vocalists and songwriters that have more talent and deserve more recognition because of her Jonas Brother’s-style fan base.

     
  5. Alexa Miculob

    August 15, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    You have a very good point. I love listening to it, it’s fun, it’s catchy. it’s pop. I know it was going to be a hit because most radio stations plays this kind of songs right now and majority of listeners listen to POP. But if the whole RED album will sound like this, I don’t know, she will surely lose fans.

     
  6. Tom

    August 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Damn there’s a lot of vitriol here.

    There is nothing about this song to hate, (or to like for that matter). It is what it is, decent pop that deserves a 4 or a 5.

    It’s childish, but it’s still more clever and mature than any Brantley Gilbert song I’ve heard.

    Y’all need to chill out, everyone here is acting like Swift killed their dog.

    That said, I’ll be pissed if her entire album is like this, this is her worst single since “Mine”

     
  7. southtexaspistolero

    August 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    It’s childish, but it’s still more clever and mature than any Brantley Gilbert song I’ve heard.

    Which isn’t saying much. And I don’t understand why anyone would consider Brantley Gilbert to be any kind of opposite to Taylor Swift. They both sell crap, just different kinds of it.

     
  8. Ben Foster

    August 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    I don’t really see much point in evaluating one poor song over another. To me, it’s just either good or bad. This is bad.

     
  9. Tom

    August 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Oh, I’m not saying it’s a good song. Far from it. I was just responding to the commenters referring to it as the “Worse [sic] song ever” and saying that Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez wouldn’t record it.

    It’s just not that much worse than most of the crap on the air right now. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, I know.

     
  10. classdepartments

    September 1, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I wonder with such a business sense and gifted literary song writing ability, why did she put this song out? Was it a test? To see if she sang something with a pop hook with limited, immature words that are repetitious, would she still sell? This is what is so hard to fathom. She is so loved the world over, that even when she puts out crap music, it doesn’t matter for it’s Taylor Swift. “Red” is the album that uses co-writers on every song. Surely, the next song will not be as bad, otherwise Ms. Swift should write alone.

     

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