“Superman” is Superflat
As you must know by now, Taylor Swift is the end all and be all of singers to me. I love her voice. I love her lyrics. I love everything about her. She’s smart. She’s grounded. She’s humble. Who can ask for anything more in a superstar?
However, I am not impressed with Taylor’s latest single “Superman.” When I first heard “Superman,” it took me a few minutes to recognize that it was, in fact, Taylor singing. It falls flat, in my opinion, and sounds like just another pop song. She’s demonstrated that she can write better songs than this one, so why settle for rhyming “today” with “busy day”?
And its stanzas aren’t even diverse or interesting. She begins the first with “tall, dark and superman,” and similarly starts the second stanza with “tall, dark and beautiful.” Now, I understand the use of repetition in poetry and other works. Sometimes it’s appropriate. But when you have a song as hastily written as “Superman,” it comes off more as sloppy than creative.
Some may say that I’ve just been blinded by Taylor’s charm, that her songwriting has never been better than what “Superman” displays. But I think they’re wrong. Take “Love Story,” for example. It’s a beautiful narrative with complex rhyming schemes and intricate melodies. She wrote that song all by herself, and it’s a perfect example of her superior songwriting skills.
In the end, all I want is for Taylor to continue being as successful as she has been. She doesn’t challenge herself with “Superman” and instead pitches a softball to her enormous fan base. Of course, they’ll lap it up. They love her. And so do I. But, c’mon Taylor, go back to writing the Great American Love Song and stop with this pop crap.