BIG POP GIRLS 2022 - THE END

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Um. I was expecting the Taylor hate as that's par for the course here
Oh don't worry, we're back to that again.

And I'm afraid it's your 11.

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7.5872

11 x 1
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HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 14 (@Sanctuary, @AllGagaLike, @fatyoshi, @Dangerous Maknae, @Serg., @Jersey, @Andy Frech, @Daniel_O, @Jonathan27, @Slice of Life, @DinahLee, @Music Is Life & Death, @Petty Mayonnaise, @heavymetalgaga)
LOWEST SCORE: 3 x 1 (@Verandi)
MY SCORE: 9



With this elimination, Midnights only has nine songs left in the rate.

"Midnight Rain" is, quite possibly, the biggest grower for me from Midnights. During the reputation era, Taylor found an affinity with vocoders and vocal manipulation. It was an interesting move and she began using this in a lot of songs throughout that album. They didn't quite make the cut in Lover and then were ditched during the alternative albums detour. On Midnights, vocal manipulation returns which "Midnight Rain" being the most obvious example. Here, the intro and some parts of the song, are sung by Taylor but slowed and deepened, making it sound nothing like Taylor. I can see why it's bizarre for some, but it works so damn well with this song, specially with its subject matter.

This is a love song about a breakup. It had a question and answer structure in its chorus (and the intro) which really nails the crux of why this relationship failed. In terms of production, it's a Jack Antonoff affair. And while that might make some of us shudder, I think it really works here and I can't complain! As much as I wish for some variety in her producers, I can't deny that these two really make some magic together. It's completely understandable why they continue making music together when the results are so solid sometimes.

I wish I had given this a 10 now - not that it would've changed anything - but its grown heavily in my Midnights ranking. I'm glad it's the 9th, but it still doesn't feel correct at that spot. It's such a delicious song, the production just makes me want to fall backwards into its soundscape and live in it. It bops, but softly. It's just weirdly comforting, in the same way her vocals sound in those moments. In time, this will be remembered as a great deep cut in Taylor's extensive discography.

She hasn't performed this song live yet, so here's a remix that makes it sound like it was on 1989.

 

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TOP 50

RENAISSANCE

I'M THAT GIRL
COZY
ALIEN SUPERSTAR
CUFF IT
ENERGY (feat. BEAM)
BREAK MY SOUL
CHURCH GIRL
PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA
VIRGO'S GROOVE
MOVE (feat. Grace Jones & Tems)
HEATED
THIQUE
ALL UP IN YOUR MIND
AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
PURE/HONEY
SUMMER RENAISSANCE

16/16

MIDNIGHTS
Lavender Haze
Maroon
Anti-Hero
Snow On The Beach (feat. Lana Del Rey)
You're On Your Own, Kid
Karma
Bigger Than The Whole Sky
Would've, Could've, Should've
Hits Different

9/21

MOTOMAMI
SAOKO
CANDY
LA FAMA (feat. The Weeknd)
HENTAI
BIZCOCHITO
DIABLO
CUUUUuuuuuuute
LA COMBI VERSACE (feat. Tokischa)
DESPECHA
SAKURA

10/20

CRASH
Crash
New Shapes (feat. Christine and The Queens & Caroline Polachek)
Good Ones
Constant Repeat
Baby
Lighting
Yuck
Used To Know Me
Twice
Selfish Girl
How Can I Not Know What I Need Right Now
Sorry If I Hurt You

12/16

HIGHLIGHTS
Lizzo - 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)
Megan Thee Stallion - Her
Megan Thee Stallion - Plan B

3/7​
 
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I don't have a horse in the Good Ones race but I've grown to really like the Perfume Genius remix, I'm glad to see it struggle along a bit further.
I was going to like this post but then I read the second part...
I don't even hate it but if another song from CRASH had to go, I'd have rather it vacated than Move Me, which was done severely dirty.
 
Nice that we’ve got rid of most of the monotony that’s on Midnights at this point, most of what’s left is the stronger songs on that album. Next 10 songs to leave? Should be:

Cute
Sakura
Maroon
Bigger Than The Whole Sky
Saoko
You’re On Your Own Kid
Snow On the Beach
La Fama
Candy
Church Girl
 
I don't hate Midnight Rain but I'm not mad about it leaving now. Every song left form the album is better to me, except maybe Lavender Haze. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I really prefer this version of the song though.


I know we're all Little Reneighs but some songs need to start leaving now that we've reached the Top 50. Let's take off the stan goggles for a lil while.
 
Midnight Rain was an 11 contender for me, damn. She really thrives at writing melodies that complement the swirling, spacey production. A whole album in that template would immediately be her best work for me.

New Shapes and Used to Know Me can both vacate, the former for being about two minutes too long and the latter for that lazy ass sample. Bye.
 
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