About the Song
We are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Writing Credits: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
Label: Big Machine Records
Genre: Country, Pop
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5
The Story: A back-and-forth relationship that has been a series of ups and downs finally ends.
My Thoughts: Since she first appeared on the scene, Taylor Swift has enjoyed a nearly fairy-tale story with the closest thing anyone will ever get to “overnight” success. This week, she released an all-new single from her upcoming fourth album, Red.
Typical to any T-Swift song, this is one of a love story gone wrong focusing on the struggles that come up in many relationships. This one isn’t exactly lyrically mellow though it is vocally, but it allows complications to rule its premise with a volatile romance that consists of break ups before turning around to “kiss and make up” – though it is fun version of a cliched scenario! As a result, this is one of Taylor’s more “flirty,” fun songs. It has some cute conversational additions, almost after-thoughts (like Taylor adding the zinger “like ever” to her claim she won’t be sucked into the relationship again), which makes the song more infectious – and
a tiny bit sassy.
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Even with a very complicated (long) title, this song isn’t anything like that title. Musically, this is a sound tune! It adopts a new, almost mature sound for Taylor but isn’t an unpleasant one. With its chorus of background “Ooohs” and instruments (the opening is a subtle country sound, giving nod to Swift’s roots) the song veers towards a pop, feel-good vibe that is a difficult one to
erase from our mind. I don’t know how many times I listened to it in the span of (less than) 24 hours but is seems terminally on “repeat” in my head. There is a good beat to it but yet, the song has something “different” than just the humming of the “pop” genre.
To go along with its vintage-inspired cover, it also comes across as sounding very old-fashioned though its primary message is
anything but. Despite it seeming to promote unhealthy relationship habits, subtlety there is a theme of the girl “winning.” It’s “twist” spins a female empowerment message as the girl has the last say. Something, I suspect teens everywhere will be giddy about. And maybe, just maybe leave them feeling better about themselves, which, in the end, may or may not be a good thing. ♥
Oooh you called me up again tonight // But Oooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you // We are never ever ever ever getting back together
What do you think about Swift’s latest number one hit? Do you like the new sound that is We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – and what do you think about the new album?