Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero (Remixes)

Republic Records

Release Date: November 11th 2022

Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre

Taylor SwiftAnti-Hero (Remixes) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)

Track Listing:

  1. Anti-Hero (feat. Bleachers)
  2. Anti-Hero (Roosevelt Remix)
  3. Anti-Hero (Kungs Remix)
  4. Anti-Hero (Jayda G. Remix)
  5. Anti-Hero

Everyone knows Taylor Swift. Or at least they should. Or…after you’ve all read my brother’s blog about her that he wrote not too long ago…well, after that, then everyone ought to know, right? So…now we’ve got all that cleared out of the way; let’s just say that Taylor released arguably one of the most culturally relevant and anticipated albums of 2022 with her release of Midnights. We as a site indeed to review the album shortly (within the next few weeks), but until such a time as that, I figured I’d give my two cents worth on Taylor’s song ‘Anti-Hero’, alongside 4 of her other remixes of said song in the EP titled Anti-Hero (Remixes), right?

Let’s just say that the song itself is very much poignant and heartfelt, a song that analyses yourself and what made you to be who you are at this point, and what circumstances, beliefs, assumptions, patterns and behaviour led you to who (and where) you are right now. It’s a powerful song, and yes, I’m sure even people who may not like Taylor’s music could still like this song. It’s a song that relates to people from all sides of the political line, as Taylor presses universal themes like self-loathing, depression, anxiety, having nightmares, critiques of the pressures of society, as well as failures and shortcomings. ‘Anti-Hero’ is either the most serious song Taylor has ever recorded, or it could be the most ironic thing out, but regardless of what Taylor’s original intention of said song (and corresponding video), the meaning is this-  that the song is a way to look at ourselves, a catalyst for hopeful change as we try to ride ourselves of the things we may not like about ourselves. Or as Taylor herself shares in her words verbatim, ‘…I don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before. I struggle a lot with the idea that my life has become unmanageably sized, and not to sound too dark, I struggle with the idea of not feeling like a person. This song really is a real guided tour throughout all of the things I tend to hate about myself. We all hate things about ourselves. It’s all of those aspects of the things we dislike and like about ourselves that we have to come to terms with if we’re going to be this person. So, yeah, I like “Anti-Hero” a lot because I think it’s really honest…’

Taylor’s ‘Anti-Hero’ sits with four other renditions of the song on an EP titled Anti-Hero (Remixes). While I myself still prefer the original song the best, it’s still great to hear other remixes of one of 2022’s most emotive, compelling, and poignant pop songs. And with plenty of covers of ‘Anti-Hero’ on youtube, we are nevertheless reminded about the reach and impact this song truly has. Well done Taylor for this emotive and challenging song. Looking forward to listening to the entirety of Midnights in the upcoming weeks ahead.

Score: 5/5

RIYL: Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

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