That’s not entirely fair. I certainly don’t dislike Taylor Swift’s music, it’s just not the kind of music I would seek out to listen to when I have access to every song ever recorded in my pocket at all times. That would be more akin to music by say, The National or Bon Iver. And so here we are. Worlds collide.
To me, the most interesting aspect of the collaboration is the idea of the collaboration itself. These are seemingly two far flung reaches of the musical universe. On paper, you might not think it would work, and that seems to be precisely why it does. The result sounds both like a Taylor Swift album and a Bon Iver or The National album. If they were closer in style, I fear the end result would be less than the sum of the parts. But here, it feels like more.
I have to imagine such an askew collaboration feels entirely reinvigorating for an artist as well. Sure, there are some that will go horribly awry, but that looming threat probably helps as well. As a listener, it almost feels like a “yeah, this is weird and potentially a disaster; fuck it, let’s just go for it.”
I think it’s a good reminder for us all in a way. It’s hard to break convention simply by trying to do so. But collaboration outside of the box and/or using something far afield as inspiration is probably a good thing. And yes, the COVID quarantine is probably forcing such things upon us. Restraint equalling creativity and all that.
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While we’re switching up our sports rules, how about this one?