On Thursday just before midnight, Taylor Swift released yet another single, “Gorgeous.” The third single on Swift’s upcoming album, Reputation (out November 10), holds some recognizable anger like the two singles before it—but it’s not quite as “New Taylor” (you know, the one who killed the old Taylor) as the singles that preceded it.
Gorgeous, in which Swift lusts after the man she can’t get, sounds a lot like “Old Taylor.” Don’t be mistaken; this Taylor is still mad as hell—but she’s got a soft spot for whomever this dreamy guy is:
“You should think about the consequence of your magnetic field being a little too strong. And I got a boyfriend, he’s older than us. He’s in the club doing I don’t know what. You’re so cool it makes me hate you so much . . . Ocean-blue eyes looking in mine. I feel like I might sink and drown and die.”
True, she’s been gone for years, but there’s a little touch of “You Belong With Me” Taylor here. Surely you haven’t forgotten her—original Taylor, the one who wishes she could get the guy as she pines for him from the bleachers. With Swift in a relatively secret relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, the potential clues—another classic Taylor move—are there for the taking. (Hey, Alwyn does have ocean- blue eyes.)
Since she dropped her first single, Look What You Made Me Do for her upcoming album Reputation, out November 10, Swift has been everywhere. She dropped her second single after teasing it on ESPN during a college football game. Since then, her face has appeared on the side of a fleet of UPS trucks, in an ad during which she possibly embedded a secret new song.
The existence of “Gorgeous* was revealed in the now-standard Swift method; at exactly noon E.T. on Thursday, she dropped three Instagram posts to hint that she would be releasing her newest single, the first still in the gothic font she’s been using to promote Reputation. This move seems right on par for Swift, who, after a quiet 2017, mysteriously scrubbed her entire online presence in mid-August. Many fans speculated then that Swift was about to share news of a new album, and they were right. But they had to wait until just before midnight on August 25 to listen to the single Swift had promised.
The good news for those sick of teases and waiting: only 20 days until the album finally drops on November 10.