A musical overhaul and Lamar’s stellar contributions make this as much a 'f*** you' statement as it is a slice of Swiftian joy.
Not content with abandoning the country girl image completely on 1989, Taylor Swift collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the single release of ‘Bad Blood’. Now, it’s practically a hip-hop dance track.
Stripping away all the live instruments and replacing them with electronic and synth based counterparts gives the song a tougher, cooler edge than it had on the album. The sound of the electronic snare increasing in tempo before the chorus drops everything into a bassy groove is intoxicating. It is so easy to get lost in bad songs with these familiar dance trappings that we forget that they work. When they are in a song that is great from start to finish, from the memorable and catchy chorus, to Lamar’s simple, brutally effective verses, ‘Bad Blood’ makes for one hell of a track. This is not just one more meaningless stunt collaboration, but a powerful new duo.
‘Bad Blood’ is out now via Big Machine Records.