Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. Nov 20, 2017
    80
    For all its flaws--it’s overlong, and sometimes seems too keen to be meta and self-referencing--it’s full of energy and often makes for an exhilarating listen. It may not quite measure up to the heights of 1989, but whether she’s Old Taylor or New Taylor, there’s enough here to demonstrate why she’s still one of pop’s brightest pop stars.
  2. Nov 13, 2017
    80
    Like its most recent predecessors, Reputation is a roman à clef that begs the listener to decode which kiss-and-tell relates to which A-list former beau.
  3. Nov 10, 2017
    80
    Never has she sounded freer than she does here, a self-styled villain biting the forbidden fruit of gossip and letting its juices run down her neck.
  4. Nov 10, 2017
    80
    I’ll venture to call it her most focused, most cohesive album yet.
  5. 80
    While Reputation packs heavy artillery that was almost entirely absent from ‘1989’, it’s actually a helluva ride.
  6. Nov 10, 2017
    80
    Reputation is a big, brash, all-guns-blazing blast of weaponised pop that grapples with the vulnerability of the human heart as it is pummelled by 21st-century fame.
  7. Nov 9, 2017
    80
    At the heart of Reputation lies a sequence of songs that chart the rise, fall and fallout of a fleeting relationship and offer a masterclass in pop songwriting along the way.
  8. Nov 9, 2017
    80
    Reputation is her most intimate album – a song cycle about how it feels when you stop chasing romance and start letting your life happen. As one of the all-time great pop masterminds, she's trying something new, as she always does.
  9. 80
    Swift doesn’t need her lover to save her, as she notes on album standout “Call It What You Want”, which is, arguably, the best song Swift has ever made. Its lyrics are more open and willingly vulnerable than anything she’s done before.
  10. Nov 9, 2017
    80
    It's Swift's willingness to portray herself not as a victim, but the villain of her own story that makes Reputation such a fascinatingly thorny glimpse inside the mind of pop's reigning princess.
  11. Nov 10, 2017
    75
    The sparkling, writerly synth-pop of 1989 has been jettisoned almost entirely, replaced by thudding trap beats, Vegas EDM, melancholy Drive-wave synthesizers, and splashes of Miami bass. More often than not, it works.
  12. 75
    Reputation is an oddly bifurcated creation, half obsessed with grim score-settling and celebrity damage, half infatuated with a lover who takes her away from all that.
  13. Nov 15, 2017
    70
    The midas pop touch that ran through 1989, on which she struck the perfect balance between her past and present selves, is lacking here; she’s sacrificed some of it for such a wholesale acceptance of current pop trappings. What’s refreshing about Reputation, though, is that she’s no holding holding the mask so tightly to her face.
  14. Nov 13, 2017
    70
    Reputation showcases a grown-up Swift, that's for certain. But she can't yet shake the fabled girl-next-door persona she has always written into her songs, no matter how hard she tries to play the Bad Girl.
  15. Nov 10, 2017
    70
    1989 fans will breathe a sigh of relief when "I Did Something Bad" kicks in, though, which starts off a string of shiny pop songs that not only feel like a more natural progression from the last album, but improve upon each listen in that sneaky way Swift songs tend to do. ... The moments on Reputation that Swift stans appreciate the most are likely the ones casual listeners will be quickest to dismiss.
  16. Nov 10, 2017
    70
    From a purely musical standpoint, it’s a pretty good album--even when she’s throwing this many ideas against the wall, Swift is too talented a songwriter to miss her target more than a few times per record.
  17. 70
    It is also Ms. Swift chasing that good feeling, pushing back against a decade of following her own instincts. And it works. Reputation is fundamentally unlike any of her other albums in that it takes into account — prioritizes, actually — the tempo and tone of her competition. Reputation is a public renegotiation, engaging pop music on its terms, not hers.
  18. Nov 13, 2017
    65
    It’s full of bulletproof hooks and sticky turns of phrase. But in committing to a more conventional form of superstardom, Swift has deemphasized the skill at the core of her genius.
  19. Nov 10, 2017
    63
    But the Swift who used to treat her fans like confidantes instead of a marketing demographic resurfaces only as the album winds down.
  20. Q Magazine
    Nov 22, 2017
    60
    Sometimes overly busy album. ... Swift soars when she is most herself. [Jan 2018, p.112]
  21. Nov 22, 2017
    60
    Part rumination on engaging with the pop icon and part deep end even after eating the meal, Reputation keeps the ball in the air, argues for moving forward, even if it’s herky jerky.
  22. Nov 21, 2017
    60
    Swift’s unencumbered analysis of the tectonic shifts within her personal and public life are equal parts razor sharp and self-indulgent. But as a pop album, Reputation is never revolutionary, the adrenalin rush heady but ultimately short-lived.
  23. Nov 16, 2017
    60
    Upon repeated plays, these lyrics fade, as does the monochromatic production, and what's left is a coming of age album anchored by some strong Swift songs, most of which are bunched at the end of the record.
  24. Nov 13, 2017
    60
    Reputation will end up being another glaring piece of evidence that fits in perfectly with whatever spin someone is trying to sell, but maybe in a couple of decades when we look back at it all, we'll see it for what it is: a solid if unspectacular set of pop songs.
  25. Nov 10, 2017
    60
    Reputation is a hodgepodge of styles that have been percolating around the mainstream for years, repackaged into a shiny, expensive-sounding vehicle for Swift’s lyrics and sizable cult of personality.
  26. 58
    Reputation is, too often, an ugly sounding album. But Taylor Swift has a superhuman knack for a stunning melody. Many of these songs are downright sweet.
  27. Nov 13, 2017
    40
    Now, her newest batch of songs feel overly done up and superficial, with squeaky synths and drum machine beats fabricated for the club.
  28. 33
    With Reputation, Swift seemingly has the idea that bigger, wider, and louder is necessarily better, but the dopamine rush that modern pop music can so reliably produce never arrives.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 3988 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 10, 2017
    10
    This is obviously the best pop album of the year. And that's saying something, because Lorde's sophomore album was very good as well. TaylorThis is obviously the best pop album of the year. And that's saying something, because Lorde's sophomore album was very good as well. Taylor took everything people are saying about her and turned it into lyrical gold-as she always does. Buy it. Buy one for your grandma, grandpa, dog, cat, fish, sugar bowl. Literally, everything could use a little reputation in its life. :) Full Review »
  2. Nov 10, 2017
    10
    No matter what people say, she is still successful with her amazingly nice album. No matter what people say, she is still successful with herNo matter what people say, she is still successful with her amazingly nice album. No matter what people say, she is still successful with her amazingly nice album. No matter what people say, she is still successful with her amazingly nice album. Full Review »
  3. Nov 10, 2017
    10
    Taylor Swift show off her talent in a fun and enchanting pop album. The songwritting is on fire, the melodys are catchy, her vocals are betterTaylor Swift show off her talent in a fun and enchanting pop album. The songwritting is on fire, the melodys are catchy, her vocals are better than ever. Great peace of art. Full Review »