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Hear This: Taylor Swift - Call it What You Want


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In the early hours of this morning (3rd November at 04:00 GMT to be exact), Taylor Swift released the fourth track from her upcoming studio album, Reputation. 

From the opening riff, it’s clear that this fourth track is something a little different to previous releases. Since starting her reign as the queen of pop back in 2012 with her breakout album Red, Taylor has been careful in compiling albums which cater to fans old and new by including tracks which range from potential club anthems right through to ballads, and 'Call It What You Want' is definitely one of the latter.

Sticking to the theme of broken reputations and the image of a battleground, Taylor opens with the sultry lines; “My castle crumbled overnight, I brought a knife to a gun fight, they took the crown but it’s alright”.

Written in reference to her widely publicised feuds with media and fellow-stars alike, 'Call It What You Want' comes as a more stripped back recollection of her time away from the public eye, Nobody's heard from me for months, I'm doing better than I ever was”.

Sticking to a moderate tempo, the chorus nether-the-less changes the dynamics of the ballad as Taylor gushes over current boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, “My baby’s fly like a jet stream, high above the whole scene, loves me like I’m brand new.” The titular lyric, “So call it what you want to,” reminding fans of 1989’s 'I Know Places', a song depicting a love on the run from media scrutiny, something Taylor and Joe have thus far managed to do!

Taking a step away from the hard exterior she presents through 'Ready for It'… and 'Look What You Made Me Do', 'Call it Want You Want' reminds us of the blonde girl with the guitar whose innocence and idealised projections of romance we all fell in love with. “I’m laughing with my lover, making forts under covers/ Starry eyes sparking my darkest night.”

But though it is once again romance which saves Taylor from her own mistakes, still she preaches strength and independence through the lyrics she teased us with last night, “I recall late November, holding my breath, slowly I said, "You don't need to save me. But would you run away with me?

Once again, Taylor’s lyrics tell a seductive story of that romance we all wish we could have. And we hope this time, Taylor does.

Taylor Swift's sixth studio album, Reputation is available for pre-order and will be released in full on 10th November 2017. 

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