“We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was apparently too pop for her genre home base, though it will certainly continue to dominate top forty for a good long while. Country radio is now getting its own single, and it’s quite the genre exercise.
It follows in the same coffee shop folk vein as recent success “Ours.” Lyrically, it’s little more than a picturesque diary entry. It’s sweet and goes down smoothly, but as Swift continues to grow older, it’s becoming more troublesome that her sense of self-worth and happiness is always inextricably linked to whatever man is currently the object of her affection.
I wanted to hear more from the girl in the first verse who is rediscovering what she likes for herself, be it a pair of shoes or a song on her iPod. She sounds far more interesting than the girl who can’t possibly think she’s funny because the guy before her didn’t think she was funny, but this new guy thinks she’s funny, so maybe she really is funny!
Maybe my memory is failing me, and I’m not terribly familiar with Swift’s work beyond the radio
singles. But I can’t remember her ever releasing a song about hanging with the girls, or even just hanging with herself. There’s always a guy getting all up in her head, happy or bad, angry or sad.
There has to be more to her than that, right?
Written by Taylor Swift