Well, honestly, the first time I heard “Shake It Off” I absolutely hated it…
BUT I quickly realized that it was because it didn’t sound like Taylor Swift to me. I like the country music that Taylor Swift makes because the songs usually have stories behind them and they aren’t as repetitive as pop songs. I must say that I do love the message of this new song and I can definitely relate to it after dealing with more than my fair share of rude comments and judgmental people in my life. However, it still doesn’t feel like Taylor Swift to me and that’s what bothers me about it. In addition to this being a major departure from her usual style of music, the music video has caused a decent amount of complaints and minor controversy. Many people are debating as to wether or not parts of the video are too stereotypical or offensive. I’m not sure if I consider it offensive or not, but I would certainly agree that she’s using stereotypes to help to reinforce the point she’s making. More than anything, it’s a catchy song and it’s got a feel good message to it. All in all, I would say I like the song and I’ll admit that I did in fact purchase it on iTunes since Spotify didn’t have it released. I keep getting it stuck in my head!
What do you think of “Shake It Off”? Love it, hate it, couldn’t care less? Let me know in the comments and through Twitter!