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We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Song Review

Updated on September 25, 2012

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is a fun upbeat song by Taylor Swift. It’s a nice to see, and hear Taylor Swift being light-hearted, and empowered instead of the angry victim in a break up song. I loved the retro 50’s-60’s style of the set. The outfits Taylor wore in the music video were very cute. This is all the positive things I have to say, because I didn’t like the song very much.

Many fans believe that this song is about Jake Gyllenhaal, or John Meyer. There are “clues” in the music video that point to either of these men. I don’t know what those symbols might be. I heard something about a scarf, or an accessory. I didn’t try to look for them.

After songs such as “Ours”, “Sparks Fly”, and “Safe and Sound” I had high hopes for her new album. Unfortunately, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was chosen to be the first single, and music video; this doesn’t give me a good impression on what is to come. I don’t hate Taylor Swift, but this is probably the worst single that I have ever heard that she has created. It’s a definite step back.

Near the end of the song she just speaks the following:

“Huh, he calls me up and he's like, I still love you
And I’m like, I’m just, I mean this is exhausting, you know
We are never getting back together, like ever”

People over the age of 17 should not use the word “like” this much in a single sentence. This song is catering to Taylors teenage fans that are already eating this up, but I don’t fit in the category of 16-year-old girl anymore. It’s awkward to see Taylor in the music video, looking obviously more mature, and in her 20’s but still sounding like a whiney 14-year-old. It just doesn’t connect.

Another thing that irks me about this song is that Taylor doesn’t really actually sing, except in the chorus she just talks very fast. I’m not a big fan of the Ke$ha style sing-talk.

As a general pop song, I don’t think it’s very good. Taylor usually picks nice melodies that fit her lyrics, but “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is not catchy, and it’s forgettable. You hear it once, and then it’s out of your head.

It’s unfortunate to see that “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is number one in the hot top 100 billboard charts. It might encourage her to write more singles of this style. I know, Taylor is allowed to experiment and do different things with her music, but this song isn’t remarkable or even good. She’s not evolving with this song; she’s just playing it safe. This is not what I would be jamming to in my next break-up. Hell, a better example of an upbeat bi-polar-ex-lover-song would be Katy Perry’s “Hot n Cold”.

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