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The Lefsetz Letter: Taylor Swift Backlash



The Lefsetz Letter: Taylor Swift Backlash
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“Taylor Swift Has Given Followers a Lot. Is It Lastly Too A lot? – Swift has been inescapable over the past 12 months. With the discharge of ‘The Tortured Poets Division,’ her newest (very lengthy) album, some appear to lastly be feeling fatigued.”

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Gregg stated he hadn’t heard something about Harry Kinds lately, was he over? No, I stated, HE WAS BETWEEN CYCLES!

That’s one thing you study in elementary college, letting farmland lay fallow, in any other case, you drain all of the vitamins. Typically you need to go away for some time to maintain.

So on Friday, all Taylor Swift info was hosannas. Now, a handful of days later, unfavourable suggestions is slipping in. Did the album change? Not a lick!

Oh Bob, recover from it. She wrote a music about you and you may’t let it go. She’s the most important star on this planet and you may’t deal with it.

However does that imply I can by no means remark about her once more?

“Paste Journal opted to not put a byline on its harsh evaluation of Swift’s album, citing security considerations for the author.”

It’s a RECORD! It’s not Trump, it’s not Gaza, however the author of this evaluation was afraid to connect his identify.

“For some, the fixed deluge that has peaked previously 12 months is beginning to add as much as a brand new (and beforehand unthinkable) feeling: Taylor Swift fatigue.”

It is a enterprise story. How do you handle a profession within the 2020s?

“‘It’s nearly like for those who produce an excessive amount of… too quick… in a brazen try and fully saturate and dominate a market relatively than having one thing vital and even midway attention-grabbing to say… the artwork suffers!’ Chris Murphy, a workers author at Self-importance Honest, posted on X.”

“Some admonished Swift for promoting so many variations of ‘Poets’ solely to double its dimension after these orders had been in, a part of a cynically company rollout. (Look after the CD, vinyl or the Phantom Clear vinyl?)”

For twenty years we’ve heard that promoting out is now not a difficulty, that model extensions are good, that you just can’t oversaturate the followers. Is that this true? That’s the query.

What can we find out about Michael Jackson? He peaked, was the most important star on this planet with “Thriller,” after which he wanted to remain at that stage thereafter. Not solely was no subsequent album nearly as good, he labeled himself “The King of Pop” and have become a caricature of himself, a punchline.

However that was within the final century.

So the toughest factor to get lately is consideration. Which is why you will need to keep within the public eye 24/7, for those who go away then you definitely’ve acquired to make a comeback. That’s been typical knowledge. However what for those who’re a celebrity, do the identical guidelines apply?

Overlook the music, this has been an infinite promote, an unimaginable hype, ever for the reason that announcement of the album on the Grammys. Might something dwell as much as this buildup?

Or is it simply non-fans who’re antagonized, who need Taylor Swift out of their feed…

Then you could have Courtney Love:

“She added that Swift is ‘just isn’t vital’ and famous that she ‘could be a secure area for ladies, and he or she’s most likely the Madonna of now, however she’s not attention-grabbing as an artist.’”

Can Love get away with this as a result of she is seen because the final gasp of credibility, from an period when music nonetheless meant one thing, and moved the tradition, or is she simply laughed off as a cartoon? All I do know is the story is all over the place, you possibly can’t keep away from it, whereas you needed to dig, be a fan, to search out trivialities like this within the final century.

And then you definitely’ve acquired one other Madonna lawsuit:

“Madonna Sued Once more for Late Concert events: ‘A Shopper’s Worst Nightmare’ – Plaintiffs additionally allege singer saved live performance uncomfortably sizzling on goal and that she lip-synced.”

How can we miss you for those who by no means go away?

How do you handle a profession within the twenty first century?

Let’s be clear, Taylor Swift wrote a music about me as a result of I believed her horrific, off-key efficiency on the Grammys would significantly injury her profession. Turned out that I used to be fallacious. That’s what occurred within the twentieth century, however not the twenty first, the place all of us dwell in separate silos and a fan forgives all fake pas.

However how about now?

Folks can inform for those who want it. And in some unspecified time in the future, with a sure stage of success, you need to seem that you just don’t. The basic instance being Neil Younger, who peaked with “Harvest” and went on tour with a loud rock band and performed all new materials. And I want I may point out extra names, however Younger is nearly the one one who’s been keen to kill his profession to reserve it, with a view to have creative freedom.

And is it artwork, or is it gross sales? The tech bros had been beloved for many of this century, now they’re loathed. Public sentiment shifts.

Moreover, most individuals simply don’t care. They’re not going to take heed to Taylor Swift or a lot of the hyped music of as we speak. We now not dwell in a monoculture, however we’re instructed we do by media, and for those who query this…be prepared for suggestions, NEGATIVE FEEDBACK!

I don’t care if the Swifties love the brand new album, purchase a number of copies of vinyl… Then once more, I’ll ask why you want a couple of copy of a file, for those who actually have a turntable.

I don’t care if Swift sells out stadiums for eternity.

However is the penumbra, which is basically the bulk, simply sick and uninterested in listening to about Swift, interval. This isn’t a judgment of her music, however you understand how it’s once you hold seeing the identical advert on-line, it drives you loopy, are individuals simply sick of being bombarded with information on Taylor Swift?

Many are. And it’s not that they’re haters. Hell, within the outdated days most individuals didn’t have a voice, there was no web, by no means thoughts no social media. And for those who categorical your opinion do you need to fear about your security, on-line or in actual life?

This isn’t about Swift the particular person, that is about advertising and marketing. We had been instructed there have been no limits, are there?

And the foremost labels can’t break new stars in order that they hold pushing the outdated ones upon us.

And media is in search of common tales.

Can there ever be an excessive amount of?

I take into consideration this every day. What number of e-mails can I ship to my listing? A couple of a day and I get sign-offs. Do I take into consideration the viewers and regulate to it or dwell by my very own inside tuning fork? However for those who’re working in a private vacuum, you’ve acquired to simply accept the results. Typically I simply need to say one thing, it’s vital to me, and I hit ship realizing that a few of the viewers received’t need to learn it, others will probably be offended, others will inform me to remain in my lane and…

It’s laborious to be a saint within the metropolis.

Then once more, have you ever seen Bruce Springsteen’s hype for his exhibits on TikTok? At first I assumed it was good. However now, he simply seems like an outdated man shilling. And X instructed me there have been a variety of tickets obtainable in Syracuse. Bruce bought out a number of stadiums again within the eighties, however that was nearly forty years in the past.

When you’re in all people’s face on a regular basis there’s going to be fatigue.

Possibly you don’t care as a result of your fan base nonetheless helps you.

However these are all questions a supervisor ought to ask. Taylor Swift has simply illustrated the problem. In a world the place we’ve believed there can by no means be an excessive amount of, can there be? In some unspecified time in the future do you need to maintain again?

As soon as once more, if you need to make an inventive assertion and also you don’t care concerning the penalties, that’s one factor. However promoting a number of variations of the identical rattling album on vinyl just isn’t about artwork. And telling us day-after-day you’re setting information… Typically you simply should STFU!

Responses from Bob’s readers. Please be aware, the feedback are revealed ‘as-is’ and never edited for grammar or content material:

An extended overdue column.

Lengthy on the cusp of sensory overload, Taylor’s carpet bombing advertising and marketing began with the large Eras Tour which, amazingly, nonetheless has seven months to go—with no surcease on the horizon.

Let’s evaluation:

1). The re-recording of outdated catalogue has been a whole creative failure. Cynically marketed as an “artist rights” triumph, it was by no means greater than a cash seize.

These re-records did nothing for her creative development and, actually, retarded it.

2) This, in flip, result in a glut of her product within the market and ridiculous palaver about her enterprise acumen.

3) So, the tour will get rolling and we will’t escape each day updates about each file set; it’s much more ridiculous than these bogus ESPN stats, e.g., most bunt singles by a DH in a day sport at Wrigley area.

4) This prepare begins to get derailed in the course of the Kelsey romance—the final word marriage of the NFL and the world’s largest celebrity.

5). Taylor goes off the rails on the Grammys. She makes a grand entrance after the monologue begins, strolling a whole semi-circle to her desk with the whole posse in tow! The nadir comes when she wins the award for the Greatest Album, music’s highest honor, and sashays to the stage to announce the discharge date of her subsequent album, greater than two months away AND pronounces that she wants to return stage to submit the art work!!!

6). Lastly the discharge of the bloated 31 music album exhibiting no creative development no matter, actually, a step backward with an excessive amount of repetition.

It’s greater than fatigue, it’s merely an excessive amount of at each stage.

Lance Grode


My 21 12 months outdated daughter, who has been a Taylor fan, has instructed me she is “over it”.

She additionally thinks she’s utilizing AI to jot down. Fascinating idea.

Ed Toth


Bob that is garbage. Recover from your self.

Mark Lafond


I noticed this coming a mile away. Final 12 months there was infinite 24/7 around the clock protection of the Eras tour mixed continuous protection of her relationship with Travis Kelce. It was inescapable. Each conceivable information and music outlet I observe on social media would bombard individuals with an infinite barrage of all issues Taylor Swift. Because it stands proper now, it’s far too quickly for one more album. Her tonedeaf album announcement on the Grammy’s was additionally cringe. She clearly doesn’t know tips on how to learn the room and her and her individuals have grossly overplayed their hand right here. The very last thing the world wanted proper now’s extra Taylor Swift. I’m completely satisfied to that there are dents within the armor and a few combined evaluations are coming in. This one wanted a actuality test.

-Jake Dibiase


Make me miss you. That was my first thought when she introduced the album. And when she dropped two variations… 30 tracks inside hours, I assumed “fairly self indulgent.” And I’m a fan. Her Folklore and Evermore albums weren’t for me, however she received me again with Midnights and the Eras tour. I’ve listened twice to Poets. I’m unmoved. Oh, you broke-up once more? Nice. Too whiny, repetitive melodies, appears she’s writing with a dictionary at hand. The phrase “Impropriety” is utilized in a music. She rhymes Aristotle with Grand Theft Auto. Forcibly, IMO. And the entire vibe appears to be ripped from her BFF Lana Del Ray. An editor was wanted however she’s reached the “Sure Taylor” stage of something she proposes. And but, I nonetheless admire her. There are ranges of genius. And she or he is sort to her followers. Typically an excessive amount of is an excessive amount of.

Jerry J. Sharell


Her intentional efforts to oversaturate {the marketplace} makes this double album a bit too self-indulgent and unneeded for my likes.

I most undoubtedly have Taylor fatigue and I acutally take pleasure in a superb chunk of those 31 songs.

Greg Robson


Bob, I perceive the place the writer is coming from however from a file retailer’s perspective, we haven’t seen any backlash on Taylor Swift. The excitement was in full impact final weekend and her followers, particularly youthful teenagers, have possibly multiplied for the reason that final album.

Scott Farrell
Down In The Valley Data
Minneapolis MN


Don’t let go of the handlebars simply but, Bob. To start with, you personally impressed a success music by Taylor Swift. Check out your uncommon firm. You’re standing amongst a few rock/pop stars and a Tremendous Bowl champion.

Secondly, possibly evaluation the fabric first? Courtney Love is grateful {that a} media outlet will choose up the telephone lately and Gap was by no means, ever attention-grabbing.

Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff are producing unimaginable and attention-grabbing music, whether or not it’s their very own work or collaborations with others like Taylor. Take her songwriting magic, which she has whether or not anybody likes it or not, mixed with that stage of manufacturing brilliance and also you’re going to have some killer tracks. Fortnight, TTPD and loml are a couple of. Take heed to the file, write concerning the file after which complain concerning the dyed vinyl, okay?

Aubrey Parker


I’m not a fan, however I listened to the album (no less than the primary drop.) and it simply wasn’t that good. Bland, repetitive. Case closed for me.

Mitchell Manasse



“Let the farmland lay fallow”.

Meg Griffin


Sure, didn’t she simply have the most important tour, and the most important film, and the most important public romance and was seen on the largest sporting occasion and now she has the most important album with probably the most streams ever?…rattling, that’s rather a lot!

Who else may render Trump mysterious by comparability? And the phrases tortured and poet in her album’s title simply sound misplaced to me. However hey I’m your age.

Shepherd Stevenson


Mark me down for over T Swift. Really was over it throughout soccer season. Effectively actually by no means a fan. When everybody round you tells you you’re nice, you’re. Affected by TSTSD.

B Chapin


With you on this. Her oversatuation/advertising and marketing ploys have gotten to such extremes it has turned me off her.

I’ve loved her music however actually can’t take heed to the brand new album, skipped by way of it, only a rehash.

An excessive amount of of even a superb factor IS an excessive amount of.

Guess exhibiting her true egomaniacal/vengeful stripes, or maybe the billionare standing has gone to her head. Doubtless a mix however regardless, unhappy, really.



There could be no unfavourable Taylor Swift writings if the songs on this album had been higher. There isn’t any saturation for good new music.

Frederick Licciardi, M.D.
Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship Director Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology New York College Langone Well being


Hello Bob. Not a Swiftie, can’t even identify or determine any of her music (although I passively adopted her “feud” with you whereas it lasted). Loved your take right here and thought you would possibly take pleasure in Marsha’s take within the Globe.


Michael Craig


I’m from Syracuse and there have been some empty seats at his present on the 18th. However he’s taking part in the Dome: 30K plus for concert events–not like the basketball-sized arenas he performed in Albany and Columbus earlier than and after Syracuse. The empties had been at the back of the dome and within the higher decks. The sound is famously awful within the Dome too–but it surely was a terrific present. I’ve seen the promo movies he made for a few the exhibits–not on Tik Tok which I don’t use, however reposts on the fansite Blogness on the Fringe of City–the go to website for set lists/movies and so forth. for the tour now that Backstreets shut down. His video for Syracuse was him and Garry W. Tallent–the one two people at his very first Syracuse present in 1973 (opening for Chicago). Humorous–and just a little ballsy with the usage of the f-word.

I’m an enormous Bruce fan, amazed that he can do these energetic 3 hr. exhibits at 74 years outdated. I’m 64 and beginning to hobble round.

Phil Prehn


She has been placing out new variations of previous albums. So, that is all new materials? Swifties desire a piece of all the pieces she does. For RSD final weekend, who beat out the standard individuals first in line? Swifties. To get a replica of a letter she wrote. There was no RSD restricted vinyl. She has extra energy than another girl on this planet. Can anyone else sellout the Superdome for 3 nights in a few hours? A Pink Floyd reunion, possibly?

The younger individuals want a hero and so they have chosen her. Submit Covid, and so forth. Allow them to have their hero. It additionally helps with dad or mum/baby bonding. The previous couple of RSD”s involving Swifties, the identical mom brings her daughter and stays in a single day together with her. She instructed me she is taking her to Europe to TS, She buys her all of the variants, too. Good mom. Good medication in these instances.

That stated, I believe individuals ought to be capable of give their trustworthy opinion. So long as it’s not performed out of meaness.

John Kauchick


Nice learn, however I hope you deal with the “the thanK you, aIMee” music… the final word retribution and “FU” to Kim Kardashian for going after her. Made me have an entire new stage of respect for her.

Will Ward


More true phrases, maestro.

Between the ginormous excursions, the tour film, the NFL/Kelcie cleaning soap opera, the nonstop posting and perceived makes an attempt to dominate the information cycles, and, now what I believe actually looks like a money seize with the re-recordings (and why would this pop star ever want any more cash?), and that’s coming additionally from some laborious core swifties I do know and am keen on, I’ve felt, earlier than this text and your submit, like she’s blowing it. It’s the outdated adage: “how can I miss you for those who don’t go away?”

She’s removed from the primary pop star who miscalculated this manner, and/or can’t get out of her personal narcissistic shadow, and nearly absolutely received’t be the final.

Steve Jones


Certainly one of my father’s favourite retorts at any time when I criticized a preferred artist I couldn’t give a sh*t about (Barry Manilow involves thoughts) was, “All the way in which to the financial institution.” Taylor Swift is actually a billionaire. She has an enormous fan base who loves all the pieces she does and no quantity of “assume items” in mainstream publications (or Paste, whoever the f*ck reads that) goes to alter their minds. So I suppose like most sons, I’ve grow to be my dad. Plus I like a variety of her music and thought The Eras Tour film was fairly unimaginable.

Neil Krupnick
Expat Boomer in Portugal


On the Atlanta live performance she (Madonna) did present up at 10:04PM for 8:30PM present. However THAT”S NOT WHAT PISSED ME OFF! As we arrived, on time, for the present and sat in our $450.00 seats I instantly discover how f*cking sizzling it was. So I’m going to one of many ushers in our part and ask if he can crank up the AC? He says ” Too unhealthy you didn’t get the memo. I’m carrying this brief sleeve polo as a result of they warned all of the venue workers that Madonna wished it HOT.” Effectively, I used to be schvitzing till the present ended at 12:30AM.”

And THAT’S the a part of the category motion that the Materials Lady might have bother wiggling out of.

Eron Epstein


I’m not a Swiftie, however I listened to Taylor’s album as a result of I like a few of her songs and I heard the hype. (I haven’t heard all of them, actually I’ve by no means heard one among her albums during earlier than.)

I discovered it boring. All of the music is across the identical midtempo plodding pace, with vocals that largely sound like they had been recorded when she was half asleep. All of the drums and keyboards backing her sound like they’re from the identical off-the-shelf AI-generator do-it-yourself-band program. (Are all of her information this manner? In that case, then I can’t perceive her huge success.)

If I used to be a mother, I’d be upset with all of the foul language within the album. For somebody who has such a nice-girl picture, there certain are a variety of F-bombs . I’d hate to have my younger daughter strolling round singing:

‘Trigger f*ck it, I used to be in love
So f*ck you if I can’t have us

Language apart, lots of the lyrics are fairly deep and funky, I suppose, however I believe extra followers are into hooks than the lyrics, however possibly I’m fallacious about that. However a superb album makes me need to begin over and take heed to it once more. This album made me need to skip to the following music, repeatedly.

If I used to be her supervisor I’d have urged an edit. Simply because you possibly can put out an infinite quantity of music doesn’t imply you must. We discovered that with all these over-stuffed 80 minute CDs within the ’90s, didn’t we?

Mike Blakesley


My two centimes: I’ve thought Swift is gifted and never doing the identical outdated sh*t. (grownup right here–not bracelet Swiftie). Nevertheless, on this group of songs (disclaimer: didn’t purchase it, although I’ve a turntable. Heard on YT.)… presumably due to the quantity launched I began to see a method. I additionally hear a method within the beats.

Any group of labor created in a short while goes to mirror that point… therefore, it’s a variety of 4pm.

Take Cezanne’s apples… When you see thirty work of them, as nice because the artist could also be there’s a saturation level. And, I doubt Cezanne would drop thirty apple work. Ms. Swift wants an editor.

I don’t perceive this launch. Swift is greater than large.. it may possibly’t be concerning the cash… drop this after the Eras tour and the followers will purchase something. As a prolific artist she should be involved together with her physique of labor and her legacy. I don’t assume if Beethoven launched all 32 piano sonate (yet one more than Swift music on the album) it might be a good suggestion. (most likely unhealthy analogy– he composed them throughout about 45 years)… however, even so… say in a boxed set they invite comparability. To have your work compete along with your work doesn’t seem to be a good suggestion for Ludwig or for Taylor.

Greatest needs,
Elisabetta di Cagno


Don’t know the way a lot backlash there’s…

Backlash solely issues in 2024 to the individuals doing the backlashing.

The followers don’t care. Taylor doesn’t care as she fuels up her jet. However the haters do.

That is just the start of the brand new future that you just’ve talked about for thus lengthy. No want for her to STFU, she received’t.

Stephen Tatton


Taylor Swift is her personal worst ex and we’re her sounding board. That stated, I’ll take extra Taylor over the following 4 years if it means much less Trump, and I’m not even in her demographic. However after all of the media hype, possibly I’m the demographic. Love her new video, the music can take it or depart it. Business pop is business pop, suck it like a lollipop and toss the wrapper into the slush pile for the following sucker to deal with.

Stephen Gordon


How dare you Bob! Take it again!
Critically although, our complete household are Taylor Swift followers and even our 10 12 months outdated is saying “she’s beginning to repeat herself” or “doesn’t she sing that melody on 3 or 4 different songs?”

I even observed extra Swifties really complaining in the course of the presale course of as a result of they don’t have the cash for the entire variants and editions being supplied with just one new bonus observe on every one. If you’re on her mailing listing you additionally know that her workforce is at all times selling shortage. It’s at all times “obtainable for 48 hours solely!!!”… and naturally only a week or so earlier than the album got here out she made the entire totally different variations grow to be obtainable ‘yet one more time for less than 48 hours’.

And now we have now the 31 music model which for certain will probably be in the stores and hardcopy as effectively in some unspecified time in the future with most likely no less than 4 variants.

Extra re-invention and fewer shortage and oversaturation I say…

Jemal Jalal Hines


Nice article once more Bob. It’s definitely concerning the advertising and marketing however I DO assume it’s about Taylor Swift. She clearly controls EVERYTHING together with the advertising and marketing AND how lots of the identical albums are launched and when. No , I’m not a TS hater however I’m not blind or deaf both. The truth is I assumed she had expertise and potential when she was her authentic self. That went to the wayside gentle years in the past and as we all know – ultimately all of it catches up with you. That’s leisure. Peace & Love, Jeff Sales space


Couldn’t agree extra. My family although is a testomony to either side…

I’m a longtime producer / author and have mega respect (duh) for Taylor. Love a variety of her stuff. Have been having fun with for probably the most half my 12 12 months olds obsession together with her. I preferred Midnights rather a lot. Have been making an attempt to get cheap tickets for my daughter (haha good luck) She was OVER the moon excited for this album.

It got here out, I began listening final friday to all 31 tracks, and it instantly hit me throughout the first or two tracks… that is an excessive amount of, it’s not that good, it appears like all the pieces else she’s performed the previous couple of years, however simply, not nearly as good. I couldn’t get by way of it. I attempted once more, and once more. Simply, feels to me like an artist surrounded by sure individuals, with no person telling her “hey, the lyrics could also be very significant, however the songs themselves, the chords, the melodies, the vibe… NOT GOOD… over cooked”

My daughter… LOVES IT. She’s a brilliant fan. Obsessive about the lyrics. And I hold listening to from different swifties… they kinda love that it’s a file “for them”, not for the remainder. We’ll see how lengthy that angle lasts.

However personally I agree. It has fully turned me off of her older music now too, and I’m leaning in direction of not shilling out for the live performance. I”m simply kinda turned off large time. She had a chance to DO SOMETHING NEW and actually particular right here… largest viewers on this planet. Greatest second. She may afford to take some dangers, strive one thing radical… This looks like mailed in content material to max out streaming numbers… that’s it.


Inform me about it, Bob. How would you wish to be mistaken for her supervisor? I get messages on LinkedIn and FB on a regular basis from individuals who need tickets for his or her daughter or some charity occasion that desires Taylor’s time. I acquired one a few week’s in the past from somebody making a documentary in Germany and wished me to arrange an interview with Taylor for broadcast on Nationwide German TV. I’ve to inform them I’m not THAT Robert Allen. lol

This goes again quite a lot of years, however I used to assume the business individuals in Nashville had been tremendous good. After I’d name some supervisor or label, they’d put me proper by way of to the particular person I used to be calling. I’m considering, that’s uncommon however possibly that’s Nashville. Then I began getting the emails for Taylor Swift’s consideration and it dawns on me that my identify has one thing to do with it. Now it is smart as a result of after I’d name Nashville, a receptionist would ask who’s calling and I’d say my identify and there could be this 1-2 second pause after which they’d put me proper by way of. Good luck getting a receptionist since Covid. lol

So I search for who’s managing Taylor and it’s her mother and father, which doesn’t make sense to me why persons are contacting me. Lastly I noticed that there was a Robert Allen who was her Tour Supervisor on the time. He’s now grow to be her full-time supervisor as head of her administration firm. However that hasn’t stopped individuals from contacting me for TS.


Robert Allen
Sha-La Music Inc.


Nice e mail.

I used to be in correspondence with the supervisor of one other of the world’s largest stars about their being a visitor on my podcast. I used to be instructed they’d think about it once they got here again from their “off cycle.”

debbie millman


I nonetheless couldn’t identify a single Taylor Swift music for those who put a gun to my head (and I’m so dulled by her uber-ubiquity you’d most likely should), however the considered a double album containing thirty one songs simply makes me really feel like Trump in that courtroom.

Greatest, as at all times,

Dave King


She is a talentless hack who can’t sing. Adopted by a bunch of social media-obsessed feminine age 11 teenyboppers who depend on their “friends” to assist them resolve what they like since they don’t know what they like. I used to be over TS from day one. Could the fatigue be everlasting. All of the media shills who write about her have by no means heard one among her sh*tty songs. This consists of Kara Swisher. A superb tech analyst however musically clueless.

Derek Morris


“All the time depart them asking for extra.” – P.T. Barnum

Mark Maheu
Barrie, Ontario


I’m wondering if Swift including that further album to the discharge was an unforced error? I be aware that the Spotify numbers for the second album are a 3rd to a fourth of the numbers for the primary a number of tracks. Her followers, who appear to be customers of albums, aren’t making it during the 2 hours of music. She would have performed higher to carry the second album and launch it later within the 12 months.

Don Friedman


Let’s not overlook to incorporate Pearl Jam on this onslaught of a number of editions of information. There are 12 totally different colour variations of their newest ‘Darkish Matter,’ retailing for round $50 every. Restricted pressings of every, however as I perceive it, a lot of the variants haven’t bought out as of as we speak. Not less than they tried to do one thing attention-grabbing with this, by having them be particularly region-exclusive and sure impartial file shops could be promoting them on-line (Simple Avenue Data in Seattle, Newbury Comics in Boston, and so forth).

Nevertheless, as a fan, the considered dropping $600 or extra to gather all of them (that’s the one purpose you’d do it for those who had been hardcore about having all the pieces) is an excessive amount of for me. I like the brand new file rather a lot and really feel prefer it’s their finest since ‘Yield’ in 1998. But when Pearl Jam is embracing the money seize of restricted version vinyl, it’s going to occur for each band ultimately.

-Nathan Lind


I agree with Courtney.
This nails it:

EveAnna Manley


“However does that imply I can by no means remark about her once more?”

Sure. It’s perceived as presumably disingenuous and/or based mostly on a private agenda. Basic battle of curiosity.

Micah Sheveloff


Wonderful viewpoint on this Bob . She’s not the primary one to commit this fake pas . BTW hooray to the plaintiffs collaborating within the class motion towards Madonna . Like actually who does she assume she is ?



Drake and Swift really appear to have the identical issues. The act is stale and so they’re too outdated for his or her stances in their very own songs. They’re insulated for now by their cash and the rubber stamp they’ve with followers.

I additionally assume each of them can survive passing their peak and nonetheless break attention-grabbing floor, possibly much more attention-grabbing, so long as they admit it occurred and dig into their creative cores. They’re profitable for good, sustainable causes.

Gregg DeMammos


This may also be in comparison with “Trump burnout”. He’s on each community and cable information channel day-after-day all day. He’s on the entrance web page of the WSJ as we speak and in no less than one article day-after-day.

He’s a typical legal, pigs have higher personalities, a modern-day Al Capone minus the Tommy gun, however uggh, he’s the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee. Make this cease too.

Jim Gilmore


It’s an open secret that Taylor can’t sing dwell. I labored a video crew at a commerce present the place she carried out together with her unimaginable band when she was nonetheless nation and candy as could be.

The model spent a variety of money and time on submit manufacturing and the engineer who lower the dwell audio tried to make it really feel “dwell” by leaving a couple of clams in Remaining Minimize.

The model despatched the movies to administration and administration they wouldn’t comply with launch the “dwell” movies till her complete vocal observe acquired pitch corrected.

However followers within the viewers had already recorded and shared the songs on-line exposing her clam sandwich of a efficiency. Keep in mind when Milli Vanilli acquired pilloried for being phony? Effectively, seems like Tay Tay will get a brand new jet.

Shane Roeschlein


I believe what may be very irritating to us followers of Swift and also you is that you just simply by no means have something optimistic to say. I can’t keep in mind the final time you really delved into the precise high quality of her music. It’s at all times a unfavourable take.

It doesn’t actually matter what you or different critics say although. The connection she has now together with her individuals is simply too sturdy. The full honesty on this new album is astounding, and he or she has not made it for the plenty. She is aware of that it’s solely probably the most hardcore of followers that may pore over the dense lyrics to 31 songs. There’s just one hit single contender (Down Dangerous).

However for these of us who’ve grown up together with her it’s pure gold. We now know a lot extra about what’s she’s been going by way of for the previous decade, and for a wealthy international celebrity to confess she selected the fallacious companion, or that the man who she thought was the one ghosted and left her excessive and dry is astounding. It’s all so relatable, even in spite of everything these years.

So carry on hoping she’ll make a misstep, as a result of that is the factor; she by no means will. As a result of she is in the end simply plainly maybe the best and truest artist that has ever lived (up to now).

Think about the tales you would be writing for those who accepted the enormity of her expertise and success. You’re alive in the course of the reign of presumably the best artist in historical past and also you don’t see it. It’s really fairly bewildering.

John Paterson


I really like what Taylor Swift does now, however you had been proper: her efficiency with Stevie Nicks at The Grammies was out of tune and horrible. And for all of the pre efficiency hype it had, it appeared even worse than it was, which was fairly unhealthy.

Colin Boyd


“How can I miss you for those who received’t go away?”

Dan Hicks and His Scorching Licks. Identical album because the immortal “I Scare Myself.” Nice stuff.

I believe Taylor might have lastly jumped the shark however then once more my daughter was fast to order a “Tortured Poets” sweater for her mother. It’s beginning to really feel a bit like KISS.

Relating to Bruce I’ve to imagine that every one the social media hype is to get butts in seats after he needed to reschedule all of the exhibits. I couldn’t go to the rescheduled present in Columbus however I managed to promote my two tickets for $1000. So it appears there’s nonetheless some demand among the many boomer elite.

Sustain the good work. By some means you made even the man from Loverboy sound attention-grabbing.

David Vawter


While you make unhealthy music, you can also make all of it day lengthy.

Luke Joerger
Hastings Digital Studios LLC


Put me within the “Swiftie column”

Mike Bone


You might be getting laborious to learn. Ailsa Morozow