Fame, glamour and replaceable boyfriends. That's my neighbour for sure. Wait, what?
Lyric video for 22.
Yes, I will not be reviewing I Knew You Were Trouble. The song is too overrated and overplayed, thus I'm not touching it. This is the 3rd, wait, no, 4th single off of Red, Taylor's recent new album, which obviously earned her some good reviews and unwanted spotlight (if you know what I mean). Other than that, I could care less.
So what the hell is 22? I don't know about you, but she knows what she do's. So it is a song written with Max Martin and Shellback, which are great songwriters and producers, who had worked on the song. And here we have the result. But let's rewind back.
Taken away off from the dubstep-ish kind of meta that was parceled in her previous single, this was a welcome breeze of fresh air, as well as returning to what Taylor had done best. Her previous promotional singles, the album title as well as Begin Again, felt easily one of the forgettable songs if not for the slow pace. 22, in a light and cheery tone, was relatable in the way of the feminine. Though not exactly the condensed way, her lyrics highlights all of the things about being 22. But you know your artist, so I'm not going to post her sincere diary here.
The sound of 22 was reminiscent to We Are Never Ever Ever Ever Ever Ever Getting Back Together (I lost count there), the regime pop and country mix feel that got her her number 1 entry in Billboard Hot 100's top spot. And to me, it felt some parts were overdid slightly too much, and made me lost a bit of listening consensus to it. However, it still regains it's pace in the chorus, but it felt almost as if you're in a different world with Taylor Swift's lyrics, with she thinking back on her 22 year-old experience, while others up and down the spiral.
I don't know about you but, I'm feeling 22; Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you; You don't know about me, but I bet you want to; Everything will be alright if, we just keep dancing like we're, 22. - Taylor Swift
And so, I thought this review would be quick, but let's just focus down on the lyrics. I know Taylor's forte is writing what would be, the romantic novels and the surprise of it, and whatnot. What I did get of the gist of it, however, was that she partied like crazy when she reached 22. Nobody could relate to that because not everybody is 22. Some 23, 24, 25. Others below that number even. Still, I had to go for a rating system as I felt I've done much enough for a 4th single that included almost (I lost count) all of the album as promotional singles.
ORIGINALITY: 8/10 - Taylor's originality may sound replied and repetitive, but there's always something in each track.
SOUND: 8/10 - Fun, positive, crazy and dance like you're twenty-two. Or, 22. Who cares.
LYRICS: 7/10 - No connection. And don't lie.
OVERALL RATINGS: 23/30 - 22 felt overplayed in the way that almost all of Taylor's songs are, even though mainstream has heard of her singles almost a hundred times spread over. She's a pop darling. What else can I say? Well, I'll give her the recognition that I'll be playing it for days.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.