The North Star

Filed under 2018-19, Opinions

Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

Taylor Swift finally dropped a new single on April 26 after a 17 month hiatus. Entitled “ME!,” Swift collaborates with Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie in what can undoubtedly be deemed a confident, upbeat jam.

Swift’s previous album, “reputation,” was an edgy departure from her older albums such as “Speak Now” and “Red,” both of which give off “good girl” vibes. Throughout these eras, we listened to Swift sing “Never Grow Up” and “Girl at Home,” as she embraced her innocence and naivety. On the other hand, in “reputation,” fans saw Swift as a spunky, powerful and fearless (no pun intended) woman. But based on her floral and pastel colored Instagram posts preceding the release of “ME!,” it was clear Swift was going back to some old roots with her new music.

Sure enough, the music video for “ME!,” which premiered at midnight Eastern time on April 26 and included an exorbitant amount of special effects, such as a snake slithering across the ground before quickly bursting into hundreds of small rainbow butterflies. This is clearly an indicator that Swift is likely done with the snake motif of her “reputation” era and instead focusing on a more carefree aesthetic. And for lifelong fans, who have been with Swift every step of the way, the thought of her channeling her older music feels like a dream come true.

As for the song itself, the lyrics prove that Swift is more confident now than ever before, as she sings “I’m the only one of me, baby, that’s the fun of me.” Behind the melody, listeners can hear drum beats similar to those from a marching band, adding a catchy beat that will stick with you. In addition, “ME!” is reminiscent of Swift’s single “Shake it Off,” released in August of 2014, which gives off the mantra of forgetting the haters and being confident with who you are.

While some of Swift’s older ballads do have more detailed, symbolic lyrics, “ME!” is not any more inferior than those hits. This upbeat single paired with a creative music video seems to be an exciting precursor for Swift’s next era. Bring on TS7!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Lauren Guidish, Staff Writer

Lauren Guidish is a senior at Naperville North and is excited for her first (and last) semester working as a staff member for The North Star! She is looking...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    2018-19

    North student to graduate early in pursuit of collegiate music career

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    2018-19

    College Board to introduce Environmental Context Dashboard to the SAT

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    2018-19

    Does “Under God” Have a Place in the Pledge of Allegiance?

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    Multimedia

    In a Nutshell: Week of April 29

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    2018-19

    In a Nutshell: Week of April 22

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    Opinions

    Spoiler-free review: “Avengers: Endgame” is a homage to the heart of Marvel’s universe

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    News

    From France to Naperville, the spring musical “Les Misérables” takes center stage at NNHS

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    2018-19

    2019 Lollapalooza lineup receives mixed feedback

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    Opinions

    Column: The trials and tribulations of upperclassmen 一 and how to conquer them

  • Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity

    News

    From tutee to Trebek: Naperville North alumnus James Holzhauer wins big on “Jeopardy!”

Navigate Right
The student news site of Naperville North High School
Taylor Swift’s “ME!” is a perfect hit of confidence and creativity