Taylor Swift is all above love on her latest ‘Lover’ release.
Congrats, guys, we made it through the “ME!” era. The song didn’t connect with audiences the way most of her past works do, and that’s O-K (spelling is fun!), but Taylor needed to pull something out of her hat that recaptured us. She did that with her latest release, “You Need To Calm Down.” It’s appropriately titled considering the ME! backlash, but more importantly… it low-key addresses outrage culture that’s hijacked Millennial culture on the Internet. Like, NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE CANCELLED.
On “You Need To Calm Down,” Taylor’s songwriting takes center stage. It’s got more sticky hooks than I know what to do with.
“You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace,” she sings over a beat she co-produced alongside Joel Little. “And control your urges to scream about the people you hate / ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay.” There are tons more cheeky lyrics to sink your teeth into, including “snakes and stones never broke my bones.” Man, she’s really not going to let up on the snake thing is she?
This is a promising sign for the 18-track album. “ME!” was not what I’m used to from Tay Tay, especially after she ravaged my body with Reputation, but “You Need To Calm Down” restored my faith. I get that she wanted to rebel against the murky spirit of her last album with “ME!,” (a pallet cleanser, according to her) and mission accomplished, but listeners have grown so accustomed to her razor sharp songwriting, that this is a welcome return. “You Need To calm Down” is an exuberant, carefully crafted track that deserves your undivided attention. That’s attention… with two t’s.
As for the newly-premiered video, it’s a vibrant clip of colorful characters who toast to equality. It stars a dozen famous gay people, including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Bobby Berk, Billy Porter, Ciara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France. There’s also a special cameo from Katy Perry (Internet implosion in 3… 2…).
At the end of the video, Swift shares a message: “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.”