There are things that will remain the same, Taylor Nation.
T-Swizzle has started received glowing reviews for her rep tour concert opening on May 8 in Glendale, AZ. Rolling Stone‘s review said “No pop star goes to such absurd extremes to avoid repeating herself, even when repeating herself would be more than good enough.”
It’s also getting some five-star reviews for her rep tour concerts for May 11 and 12 in Santa Clara, CA. The Mercury News reported that Taylor, “definitely lived up to even the loftiest expectations, delivering what was pretty much a perfect pop spectacle”. However, they do think “She harbors a grudge like nobody’s business”. It’s still a great review and you can read the original article here.
The San Francisco Chronicle though she “emerged ready for battle” and “she no longer wants to shake it off – she wants to smash it up” which I think might be reading way too much into it. They also got way too much in the celeb-feuds but I guess some people enjoy that. You can read the original article here.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who doesn’t think Taylor fights personal demons every night, we believe the songs might have been inspired from certain feelings at the time of crafting but have gained a different life of their own. In other words, I don’t think Taylor is reliving her past every time she sings “Love Story” or her heart is breaking up every time she sings “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The inspiration was a memory, the song itself is not a play by play of the event.
Back in the day, “Taylor Swift” (the album) and “Fearless” were a lot more autobiographical. She’s lessened the catharsis of using songs to get over a breakup and just use her experiences from the past into her songwriting. Songs are no longer individually nor uniquely correlated to one relationship. I think that is also the reason she stopped putting the hidden messages into songs. I we could all forget trying to find the scandal and listen to the song we might enjoy it more.
The setlist has gone through a few changes. I’m now counting “Style” along with “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” as one performance. “Call It What You Want” which was mid set is now before the ending number. I don’t have “All Too Well” being played on Friday but it seems that it was the secret song as “The Best Day” was played on Sunday. I’m just glad that “Long Live / New Year’s Day” is going to remain in the roster.
On news that everyone already knew, the secret song is a thing again and “The Best Day” was dedicated by Taylor to her mom for the concert on Saturday.
Coming up on the Calendar!
- May 11 & 12: Levi’s Stadium. Santa Clara, CA.
- May 18 & 19: Rose Bowl. Pasadena, CA.
- May 22: CenturyLink Field. Seattle, WA.
- May 25: Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver, CO.
- May 27: Taylor headlines BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Swansea, Wales.
(Sources: Rolling Stone, Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
One thought on “The rep tour in Santa Clara, CA: The reviews are in!”
I think when she goes back to play older songs like that Style/Love Story/You Belong With Me medley, the songs have taken on new meaning. I remember for the Fearless tour she said that while she performed she felt as she did when she was writing the songs. I think that it’s okay to feel different and even though Love Story feels just a smidge out of place with CIWYW, it still not only holds meaning for her, but for us as well
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