Taylor Swift reveals tracklist for new album ‘Reputation’

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From a BBC journalistic investigation: Why does Taylor Swift write so many one-note melodies?

The album, the singer’s sixth, is set for release on Friday (November 10) and is the star’s first record since 2014’s ‘1989‘.

As Stereogum reported last night (November 7), physical CDs have begun to be shipped out to stores around the world in preparation for the record’s release, with photos of its cover and alleged tracklisting have appeared online.

Inside the CD a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Future called ‘End Game’, while other tracks on the record apparently include ‘Don’t Blame Me’, ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ and ‘I Did Something
Meantime

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Take, for example, her first US number one, Our Song. establishes another of Taylor’s trademarks: The one-note melody. These static vocal lines, where she sings at one pitch for a sustained period, crop up on all of her her albums – and increase in frequency when she switches lanes from country to pop.

You can hear it on all four songs she’s released ahead of her new record, Reputation, which comes out this Friday. It’s most apparent on the lead single, Look What You Made Me Do, where the entire chorus is delivered in a sinister monotone.

But it’s less of a cop-out than you might think, and here’s why. Repetitive melodies that centre around a single note are part of that appeal. They emphasise her relatability by mimicking the cadence of speech.

It helps that her lyrics are effortlessly conversational and vernacular. “We are never, ever getting back together” is a clumsy song title but it makes perfect sense in Taylor’s brand of teen-speak. The impression is that you’re hanging out with a friend, chatting about boys (and it’s almost always about boys)…

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