Music Journalist Goes Anonymous for TTPD Review Following Rabid Swifties Sending Death Threats in 2019

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After Taylor Swift fans sent death threats to a music journalist reviewing a previous album, Paste Magazine has published their review anonymously.

The magazine cites safety reasons for the decision, bringing up the death threats the author experienced while reviewing Lover in 2019. “There is no byline on this review due to how, in 2019 when Paste reviewed Lover, the writer was sent threats of violence from readers who disagree with the work,” a tweet addressing the anonymous review reads. “We care more about the safety of our staff than a name attached to an article.”

The review is a negative one of The Tortured Poets Department, Swift’s latest effort that dropped as a double album on Friday. “Swift muses, and it sounds like satire. This is your songwriter of the century? Open the schools,” one portion of the review reads after a laundry-list of lyrics from the album.

While the review itself is overall negative, the author does mention a few songs from the album that struck a chord. “TTPD isn’t all rubbish, though—that much I can admit. ‘But Daddy I Love Him’ and ‘loml’ both stick out immediately, the former of which sounds like a descendant of Taylor Swift of 10 years ago, at least sonically.

Following the review, Taylor Swift took to Instagram Stories to praise and repost several positive reviews of TTPD. She highlights the Rolling Stone review with the caption, ‘And that’s the closest I’ve come to my heart exploding,’ a lyric from one of her songs. Each of the positive reviews she posted featured an accompanying lyric—but predictably the Paste Magazine review was not among them.

Regardless of the feelings surrounding the album, it has set a new Spotify record for most-streams in a single day at 300+ million. A quick peek at the Spotify charts reveals Taylor Swift commands the top #11 most-streamed songs of the day, with Drake’s newly debuted “Push Ups” clocking in at #12 on the Spotify Daily Chart for April 20.

Swift’s collaboration with Post Malone in “Fortnight” sits at the top of the charts and the rest of the chart belongs to her with the exception of Drake (#12 “Push Ups), Hozier (#17 “Too Sweet”), Future & Metro Boomin (#23 “Like That”), Sabrina Carpenter (#26 “Espresso”), and Artemas (#30 “i like the way you kiss me”) to round out the top 30 streaming songs. Taylor Swift will no doubt survive the less than stellar critical reception of the album.