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Taylor Swift

reputation

Sixth studio album from the popstar, self-produced alongside Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, and Ali Payami

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Virgin EMI
UK Release date
10/11/2017
US Release date
10/11/2017
  1. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Retribution is paired with resurrection throughout the album, which is clearly positioned as a rebirth for the singer
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  2. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Reputation builds on the synth-pop of 1989 – ingenious hooks blown out for maximum sonic bombast
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The melodies are so glossy-haired and bright eyed, you suspect eugenics; and the production by Jack Antonoff, Max Martin and Shellack is state-of-the-art
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It may be mired in bitterness and gossip, but the pop star’s songwriting smarts and lyrical prowess are impossible to deny on her sixth album
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  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Each of the 15 songs on 'reputation' tackles how Swift is perceived by the people who know her - and the people who don’t
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    Is this a relatable record? If you’ve ever wanted to exact revenge on someone, the answer is yes
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The pop star’s love life and squabbles take centre stage on a riveting R&B set that carries her even further from her country roots
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An album full of cryptic love songs and kiss-offs that beg further exploration, sprinkled with irresistible hooks and wrapped up in glistening production
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  9. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It may not quite measure up to the heights of 1989, but whether she’s Old Taylor or New Taylor, there’s enough here to demonstrate why she’s still one of pop’s brightest pop stars
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  10. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    The only reason we’re invested in the Swift saga in the first place is her preternatural gifts as a songwriter and composer, and Reputation challenges those skills with her starkest stylistic leap yet
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Showcases a grown-up Swift, that's for certain
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  12. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    On Reputation, the Taylor she's chosen to show us is one that's more confident than ever. Her adventurous sound is coupled with lyrics that are drunker and more sexual than ever
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  13. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This isn’t the New Taylor - this is the same Taylor Swift there’s always been. It’s just that, after three years of media barracking, she’s past caring who knows it
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  14. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Swift can confidently say, “Nobody’s heard from me for months/ I’m doing better than I ever was”
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  15. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    An aggressive, lascivious display of craftsmanship, but her full embrace of modern pop feels sadly conventional
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  16. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Reputation is a failure. But fucking up until you find something that works is what being 27 is all about. In that respect, Reputation is the only album its creator could have made
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  17. 6.0 |   Q

    Swift is still a killer pop craftswoman. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   All Music

    Every song on Reputation has a cool, gleaming patina that's designed to put an alluring distance between Swift and the listener
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  19. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    A solid if unspectacular set of pop songs
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  20. 6.0 |   Clash

    Swift’s unencumbered analysis of the tectonic shifts within her personal and public life are equal parts razor sharp and self-indulgent
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  21. 6.0 |   State

    Reputation will sell millions (it already has) and her devoted fanbase won’t care about reviews either positive or negative
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  22. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

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  23. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Combative and petulant, she’s the Swift who needs to exorcise tabloid demons, at least for the current album cycle
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  24. 4.0 |   NOW

    Her once-dulcet vocals have degenerated into a toneless speak-sing that doesn’t quite qualify as rap
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  25. 3.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The blockbuster star's sixth studio album is a bloated disaster, but maybe that's the point?
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  26. 3.0 |   Earbuddy

    Swift sounds audibly uncomfortable with her new sonic palette
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