Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album Reputation today (Nov. 10) at the age of 27 years old, but listeners still seemed shocked at the number of references to alcohol on her new project. While it’s not a shocker that a woman her age would drink — or that alcohol would appear in any sort of pop release — the number of times it has popped up recently is definitely a bit of a shift for the singer.
Nine of the album’s fifteen tracks have references to the general topic of alcohol, and six of those point out specific drinks. Luckily, starting from the first track and heading through to the last, Swift wisely opted for liquor before beer, so she was in the clear for a stellar release.
On the lead track, “….Ready For It?” Swift sings, “Touch me and you’ll never be alone/ I-Island breeze and lights down low.” So, she could totally be on a tropical island feeling the breeze, or, she could be sipping on a great rum-based mix drink. (Or both.) On the next track, “End Game,” she sings, “Drinking on a beach, with you all over me,” so it’s possible that Swift is treating herself to an island breeze beverage while also feeling the island breeze in her hair.
Flash forward to “Delicate,” and Swift has found herself in a grungy bar letting someone make her a drink as she sings, “But you can make me a drink/ Dive bar on the East Side, where you at?” Later on, Swift has made her way from the east side back to Hollywood in “Gorgeous,” singing, “Whiskey on ice, Sunset and Vine/ You’ve ruined my life by not being mine.”
Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, but Swift also opts for a whiskey based drink in the following track “Getaway Car.” She sings, “I knew it from the first Old Fashioned, we were cursed.”
The king of Swift’s heart has an arguably worse taste in alcohol, but that’s okay because she doesn’t seem to mind. In “King of My Heart,” Swift sings, “With all these nights we’re spending/ Up on the roof with a school girl crush/ Drinking beer out of plastic cups/ Say you fancy me, not fancy stuff/ Baby, all at once, this is enough.”
The singer opts for wine during a vivid moment in “Dress,” where she describes a clumsy romantic moment by singing, “I’m spilling wine in the bathtub/ You kiss my face and we’re both drunk.” In the 13th track on the album, “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” Swift is celebrating with bubbly as she describes a raging party. “Jump into the pool from the balcony/ Everyone swimming in a champagne sea.”
On that same song, Swift claims to have been “Feeling so Gatsby for that whole year.” If so, that year of parties ends with her sweeping up all that glitter from the floor and “cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day” — in the last track on the album, appropriately titled “New Year’s Day.”
Check out Reputation, not yet available for streaming but currently available on iTunes.