We may only be one week away from receiving Taylor Swift‘s highly anticipated new album, Reputation, in full, but that isn’t stopping the inescapable hit-maker from unleashing yet another brand new song from the upcoming record (due out November 10).
Following the #1 charting “Look What You Made Me Do,” “…Ready For It?” and last month’s “Gorgeous,” Taylor unleashes a track titled “Call it What You Want” – and it’s quite deeper than everything else we’ve heard up until this point.
Although she sounds lovely and the production’s minimal approach is solid enough, the most noteworthy thing about “Call It What You Want” isn’t the sound of the song itself, but rather the story she’s singing, which is quite personal — in a “Out of the Woods”/“Clean” kind of way, not a shade-heavy “Look What You Made Me Do” way.
While most songs on Taylor‘s upcoming album admittedly sound more like “guilty pleasure” pop radio-bait, “Call It What You Want” at least feels like a genuine piece of Taylor‘s soul that truly addresses her Reputation over the last year, as well as her current relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
“My castle crumbled overnight/ I brought a knife to a gunfight/ They took the crown but it’s alright/ All the liars are calling me one/ Nobody’s heard from me in months/ I’m doing better than I ever was,” Taylor declares, referring to all her recent headlines, before launching into the song’s genuinely infectious hook: “Cause my baby’s fit like a daydream/ Walking with his head down/ I’m the one he’s walking too/ So call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to/ My baby’s fly like a jet stream/ High above the whole scene/ Love’s me like I’m brand new/ So call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to.”
Unlike “Look What You Made Me Do,” the passive aggressiveness has (somewhat) subsided, and Taylor is just thankful that she has a good man in her life now: “I want to wear his initial on a chain around my neck/ Chain round my neck/ Not because he owns me/ But ’cause he really knows me/ Which is more than they can say/ I recall late November/ Holding my breath, slowly I said ‘you don’t need to save me’ / ‘But would you run away with me?’ / Yes.” That final line, possibly a nod to her Fearless smash “Love Story.” I think yes!
“Call It What You Want,” but Taylor‘s clearly found her peace in-between all the madness.