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Taylor Swift Is The Positive Influencer We Need

What She Can Teach Us This Women’s History Month Now, more than ever, we need to include amongst our influencer figures strong and outspoken women who are unafraid to speak their truth, and who will do so for those who can’t. I think it’s time to finally recognise Taylor Swift as one of these figures. […]

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Music

Taylor’s version: a story of industry ownership and creative growth

Last week Taylor Swift announced the first stage of her re-recording of her catalogue following the 2019 sale of her masters to Scooter Braun. In a highly anticipated post on social media, Swift revealed the re-recorded and aptly titled ‘Taylor’s version’ of her second album Fearless would be released April 9th, with the re-recorded lead […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

Basic? I call bullshit: why our simple pleasures should not make us feel guilty

You adore Harry Styles. Exclusively live in leggings (bonus points if they’re Lululemons) and oversized jumpers, and of course are an avid iced-latte drinker. No night out is complete without chunky hoops, a pair of Air Force Ones, ribbed flares, and your trusty bottle of Echo Falls to hand. You are, to all intents and […]

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Taylor Swift’s evolution continues with Evermore

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ In mid-July, Taylor Swift disbanded everything she had ever known about album-making. Gone was the scientific build up, the social media easter eggs: she announced a quarantine album a short sixteen hours before its release. Folklore marked a new age for Swift. An evidently fruitful age it seems, as less than six months […]

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Albums of the Year: HAIM and Taylor Swift

HAIM: Women in Music Pt. iii The album has a playfulness and whip precision intricacy that all makes sense once you know that former Vampire Weekend band member Rostam Batmanglij worked as a producer on it. He brings an intangible wit to the sound of the album, littering it with lighthearted moments of conversation with […]

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Lockdown? I think I’ve seen this film before

A “blunt instrument”. An inflicter of “needless damage”. These were the words used by Rishi Sunak when questions were raised regarding the possibility of a two-week ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown in October. Barely three weeks later, the government performed yet another U-Turn in spectacular fashion, announcing a one-month national lockdown that will force England indoors until at […]

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Film Reviews

Miss Americana

“I just need to make a better record,” Taylor Swift says on the phone to her publicist after finding out that her then-newest album, the bite-back Reputation, had been shut out of every major Grammys category. “This is fine,” she says, fairly unconvincingly. So begins Miss Americana, Netflix’s new Lana Wilson-directed documentary depicting the recent […]

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Film

Cats

Susan Sontag once defined ‘Camp’ as being ‘a seriousness that fails’. On all fronts, Cats is obviously a failure, but the question iss how intentional it all is. After all, it’s impossible to bring any dignity to a film about singing, magical cats, yet somehow this cinematic adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical is […]