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Her rampant vocal manipulation is distracting and distancing, while overuse of digital gloss robs other songs of personality.

Taylor Swift’s ’Reputation’ sounds dated and disposable

November 16th, 2017

Her rampant vocal manipulation is distracting and distancing, while overuse of digital gloss robs other songs of personality.

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    Of course, such sentiments hit hardest when accompanied by magical melodies, and the LP largely succeeds.

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    It all comes together on the excellent title track, which could someday stand as the band’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

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    “Feels Like Summer” sounds like Maroon 5’s recent dance-pop efforts.

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    The album ends on a strong note with “Pray,” a Timbaland- and gospel choir-assisted R&B number.

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    The highlight is the attitude-filled “Whole Lotta Woman,” featuring members of Earth, Wind & Fire.

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    It’s a portal to the past, not a road to the future.

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    Anyone who follows the Americana upstart on Twitter knows she’s politically outspoken.

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    What begins as a numb and synthed-out pop record transforms into something far more haunting.

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    It plays out as the most perfunctory, least personal disco to which he has ever put his name.

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    It sounds sleepier and more contemplative than 2014’s Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar.

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    Meet the new Wolf Parade … even better than the old Wolf Parade?

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    It’s an improvement over 2005’s muddied, electronic-heavy solo debut, at least.

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    Single “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” could be a Smash Mouth B-side.

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    Thanks to production by Converge’s Kurt Ballou and a couple of well-placed musical guests, it boasts Wolfe’s most aggressive sonic flourishes yet.

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    There’s a running Morricone Western thread that culminates in closer “Anthem for No State,” but overall the record sounds relatively unsurprising.

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    The reliability of Cut Copy albums mirrors that of Star Trek films: The even-numbered ones are the keepers; the odd-numbered ones, not so much.

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    After its work on a Grateful Dead covers album, the band has learned to stretch out and experiment with more gusto.

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    In-demand pop producer Greg Kurstin gives the album some extra gloss, but it’s not like he has turned the Foos into a dance-pop act.

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    “We’ve chilled out a little, but we’re still sort of immature.”

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