"I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time." "I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me." "I got mine, but you'll all get yours." These phrases read like lyrical samples from a particularly pissed-off hard rock song -- not from the new single of the pop romantic behind the sunny "Shake It Off."
Taylor Swift has flashed her fangs on occasion before, but she's never released anything as venomous as "Look What You Made Me Do"; the anger, the dead-eyed way she repeats the titular phrase, is almost unrecognizable from her previous singles. The title and artwork of Swift's forthcoming Reputation album suggested a clapback at her perceived wrongdoers from last year, but the coldness on display here is a far cry from the tongue-in-cheek self-satire of "Blank Space." Swift could have once again joined the chorus of those laughing at her; instead, she's "got a list of names" and plans to go full Terminator on them.