Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”: Review Revue

With new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, Taylor Swift leaves the country aesthetic behind and goes for a full-on pop makeover, thanks to producers (and co-writers) Max Martin and Shellback. Whether this is a one-off foray into glossier territory for her or a small taste of the full flavor of upcoming LP Red, critics had plenty to say about Swift’s new song. Head below for our review roundup, then let us know your own thoughts!

:: The New York Daily News feels Swift is treading in familiar waters: “Though some fans have already taken to YouTube to complain that the song isn’t country enough, or doesn’t sound enough like the old Taylor, in fact it very much does. It’s another light pop song with a chorus even the deaf couldn’t miss.”

:: Zap2it.com comments on producer Max Martin’s input: “Martin also worked with Avril Lavigne on four songs for her record Goodbye Lullaby, so it’s no surprise that Swift’s new song has a very Avril sound to it — relying on catchy pop hooks and gimmicks (like spoken-word sections and a crowd-pleasing ‘Whee!’ exclamation) as opposed to Swift’s usual lyrical depth and country twang.”

:: Entertainment Weekly also cites Avril: “The track…sounds like a brighter, more-polished Avril Lavigne tune, with an undeniable, instantly catchy hook. In typical Swift fashion, she’s telling off an ex-boyfriend, but there’s a rah-rah festive flair that makes the whole affair seem joyous rather than dour.”

:: Newsday concurs: “Considering Swift co-wrote it with Max Martin and Shellback of Britney Spears fame, it’s kind of amazing that it still sounds like her – a super-glossy, beat-oriented, Avril Lavigne-ish version of her, but her, nonetheless. Part of T. Swizzle’s charm is the way she makes her songs sound genuine and conversational and ‘Never Ever’ is no exception, even including a scrap of spoken-word dialogue about how the relationship in the song is ‘exhausting.’”

:: The Washington Post is ready to break up with Taylor: “It’s hard not to roll your eyes at the song’s opening line (‘I remember when we broke up’) since it finds the 22-year-old Swift in the same mindset as when she first emerged as a teenager. Of course the chorus is catchy but if this is representative of what’s awaits on Red, it’s hard to be too excited.”

:: Crushable delivers Swift a crushing blow: “What a brilliantly poignant, poetic title, right? When I first read the name of the song on Twitter, I was sure it was someone’s joke. I would almost say she is parodying herself, but I doubt we could give her that much credit.”

:: The Prophet Blog sums things up with this: “Super catchy and super radio-friendly too, but the lack of country flavor will definitely disappoint some people.”

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  • LMG

    ‘Never, ever’ liked her as I like my singers to actually be able to carry a note (not less a song) but as much as I hate to admit it, it is catchy and will apeal to the same age as her songs did when she first showed up. So…win win for her.

  • MRKtheSwiftie

    I like it. It’s something fun I can hum along to in the car. Am I impressed? No.
    I was so excited when I heard that she released a new single. So excited. But then I heard it and I was like… this is catchy. this fun. but, it’s too poppy & not “deep” enough. i don’t know. i’m not hating, it’s just her new sound isn’t as great as her sound/ vibe on speak now. I know that I speak for a lot of swifties when I say this.
    I’m still super proud and excited for Taylor. I just hope that the rest of Red isn’t like WE ARE NEVER FDFLSDKJAKSFJSF (such a long title, am i right?) :)

  • Daria Gunderson

    i don’t know. i’m not hating, it’s just her new sound isn’t as great as her sound/ vibe on speak now. I know that I speak for a lot of swifties when I say this.


  • Sierra

    I can see how she is a nice role model for those who don’t want their daughters following Britney Spears, but I do wish she would stop writing & singing like a 14-year old.

  • MRKtheSwiftie

    Yo, Daria, maybe you should come up with your own ideas. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-OSullivan/1250514776 Tom O’Sullivan

    The catchiest Song in the WORLD at the moment :) She created the perfect pop song without completely leaving her country roots! Let’s just hope Taylor’s mantelpiece can fit in another Grammy :P

  • Caleb Hyles

    A very fun song, to say the least, but if “Red” is twelve songs of this, than consider me supremely crestfallen.

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  • Angie Baby

    It’s funny and very catchy, and it still sounds like Taylor. However it’s not a favourite of mine, I loved Taylor’s style on Speak Now and the song is no where near as good as that. However, I can see why she released it as a lead single. Lead singles are made to be No 1 hits, and this song so poppy and catchy that it undoubtably will be. Taylor has never had a No 1 on Billboard, so I guess she is aiming for one. Plus she hasn’t had a big pop hit for ages, most of Speak Now went to No 1 on country charts, and as The Story Of Us failed on pop, I think she’s going for something that will really bring her back. I will be disappointed if the rest of Red is like this though, but at least her song is still about a break up and she hasn’t lowered herself to writing about hooking up with people in nightclubs like all the other pathetic pop stars. If songs like that are on Red, well I’ll just leave in the past and sadly listen to her old stuff.