Laney Van Lenten
Let me start by saying that I am a huge Taylor Swift fan. I have all her albums and am seeing her in concert on July 10th. That being said, her latest music video was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen.
I love music videos, and I think they have the ability to bring an emotional element to a song that the lyrics alone cannot do. Delicate is one of Taylor’s best songs from her new album, and there was a lot of potential with it, so going into the music video I was excited.
It opens with Swift talking to the press, and then walking with her security team. Every move she makes, they mimic. Suddenly, she’s in the restroom, making very Sia-esque faces in the mirror to show she is really a quirky girl on the inside. A magic note appears and makes Taylor realize that she is invisible to everyone else. Realizing this, she begins to dance wildly. I’m guessing this is supposed to show that she is a new woman, finally free from the chains of stardom that bind her. However, she is a skinny white girl dancing like a rabid spider and it just doesn’t play off very well.
It ends with Swift dancing in the rain. She jumps in puddles and does the splits on a car. Then she walks into a dingy bar, and everyone turns around to greet her. They recognize her for the real person that she is! Finally!
All in all, the music video wasn’t very cohesive and had absolutely nothing to do with the song itself (which is a pet peeve of mine). It was beautifully shot, but the dancing and Taylor’s outfit just didn’t make sense. I know that Taylor Swift knows how to make a great music video because she’s done so in the past with Mine, Picture to Burn, and You Belong With Me. Honestly, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.