T-Swift strikes again. The music video for her brand new single, “Shake It Off,” is one you won’t forget and the song will likely be stuck in your head for weeks.
The video features Swift looking awkward as can be while she dances beside professional dancers of various genres. The twerking takes it a little too far when Swift dresses up like a hip-hop star with high-waisted shorts and gold chains — not a good look for her.
The video is beyond cheesy but sends a good message at the very least. It was a good call on her part to bring in what they made look like “average people” dancing.
She’s obviously making fun of pop culture and modern dance by using the so-called ‘common folk’ to back her up.
The lyrics at the beginning of the song, “I go on too many dates, but I can’t make ‘em stay,” provides the most comedic relief in the song.
If she could make her countless boyfriends stay she probably wouldn’t have been able to create four amazingly successful studio albums.
Swift sings the lyrics then goes on to talk about how her “ex-man brought his new girlfriend” a few beats later. Proving “what people say” to be true.
She then says, “while you’ve been getting down and out about the liars and dirty, dirty cheats in the world you could have been getting down to this sick beat.”
The funny thing is that almost all of her other songs were written about the liars and the cheats.
I must say the song is beyond catchy, but the video is slightly over the top.
My recommendation is that you avoid watching it. However, if your curiosity gets the best of you and you find yourself watching it on YouTube as you walk to class, do not have high expectations, because you will only end up disappointed.
“Shake It Off” is a song I would suggest not playing in public to avoid scrutiny from your peers, because Taylor seems to have set her usually thoughtful and well-written lyrics aside for this single.
Taylor Swift’s newest song sounds more like something out of a children’s television show than the product of an award-winning artist.