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    PJammin'PJammin' Posts: 1,787
    mpedone said:
    PJammin' said:
    marjen said:
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    kmcmanus said:
    DARN IT




    That’s gotta be before the Paste review. They gave her a 3.8. Critic was left anonymous to prevent any online hassle from her fans.
    Her fanbase is childish. Not all of them, but a lot of them.  I swear, it’s a twisted cult. 
    PJammin' said:
    kmcmanus said:
    DARN IT




    That’s gotta be before the Paste review. They gave her a 3.8. Critic was left anonymous to prevent any online hassle from her fans.
    Her fanbase is childish. Not all of them, but a lot of them.  I swear, it’s a twisted cult. 
    Is her fan base really any different than PJs? people on this forum aren’t practically a cult?  People still think PJ is relevant while TS actually is. Been here since the start, 10 came out my sophomore year of college. Love the band. They haven’t been relevant in at least 10 years. My son is 23 and LOVES music, actually doesn’t mind PJ but he is like, year no they aren’t on anyone’s radar right now.  Still love them though. Dark matter is there best album in at least 16 years. I have started listening to lots 0f other music in that time, artists that excite me more, different genres etc. I love TS. Yes I am a 52 yr old male, not remotely her target audience. But damn she can write songs. Her audience is much more diverse these days. I can finally admit I like her lol. If I look at my stats on Apple Music, PJ is barely in my top 10 the last few years. Zach Bryan has been #1 the last 2 years and Taylor #2. I feel there are a lot of people in this forum that are PJ or bust but there are a lot of other good musicians out there. Branch out folks, and don’t worry about what others think. 
    I wasn’t even talking about PJ’s fanbase, that’s a whole other discussion. Anyway, when a critic has to remain nameless when giving her latest album a low rated review bcuz of her triggered fanbase, it says a lot. A lot of them are nuts. 
    You say this like it's unique to Swift and uncommon with any large fanbase (especially in the Internet era). 
    So this is how far we’ve fallen as a society? That no one can be critical of Taylor Swift or any artist without being harassed or attacked. It’s pathetic. 
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    kmcmanuskmcmanus Posts: 658
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    PJammin' said:
    mpedone said:
    PJammin' said:
    marjen said:
    PJammin' said:
    kmcmanus said:
    DARN IT




    That’s gotta be before the Paste review. They gave her a 3.8. Critic was left anonymous to prevent any online hassle from her fans.
    Her fanbase is childish. Not all of them, but a lot of them.  I swear, it’s a twisted cult. 
    PJammin' said:
    kmcmanus said:
    DARN IT




    That’s gotta be before the Paste review. They gave her a 3.8. Critic was left anonymous to prevent any online hassle from her fans.
    Her fanbase is childish. Not all of them, but a lot of them.  I swear, it’s a twisted cult. 
    Is her fan base really any different than PJs? people on this forum aren’t practically a cult?  People still think PJ is relevant while TS actually is. Been here since the start, 10 came out my sophomore year of college. Love the band. They haven’t been relevant in at least 10 years. My son is 23 and LOVES music, actually doesn’t mind PJ but he is like, year no they aren’t on anyone’s radar right now.  Still love them though. Dark matter is there best album in at least 16 years. I have started listening to lots 0f other music in that time, artists that excite me more, different genres etc. I love TS. Yes I am a 52 yr old male, not remotely her target audience. But damn she can write songs. Her audience is much more diverse these days. I can finally admit I like her lol. If I look at my stats on Apple Music, PJ is barely in my top 10 the last few years. Zach Bryan has been #1 the last 2 years and Taylor #2. I feel there are a lot of people in this forum that are PJ or bust but there are a lot of other good musicians out there. Branch out folks, and don’t worry about what others think. 
    I wasn’t even talking about PJ’s fanbase, that’s a whole other discussion. Anyway, when a critic has to remain nameless when giving her latest album a low rated review bcuz of her triggered fanbase, it says a lot. A lot of them are nuts. 
    You say this like it's unique to Swift and uncommon with any large fanbase (especially in the Internet era). 
    So this is how far we’ve fallen as a society? That no one can be critical of Taylor Swift or any artist without being harassed or attacked. It’s pathetic. 
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    Tim SimmonsTim Simmons Posts: 7,004
    bootleg said:
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    I tried to listen to a few songs and they really all sounded very similar in style.  Like sleepy teenage poems over some generic music.  I couldn’t imagine listening to 31 of those.  But hey that’s just my taste.  It’s just not for me.
    She's a 35-year-old woman. "Sleepy teenage poems," really? Unless she has suddenly regressed as a songwriter, I find it hard to believe this characterization could be accurate. It reminds me of when a music-snob friend described Eddie Vedder's lyrics as "greeting-card poetry."
    I don’t know if it’s a regression but it is a little childish to be writing a Kim Kardashian diss track at 35 with lyrics that reference  “…push me down the stairs at our school.”  and “..my mother is a saintly woman but she used to say she wished you dead”


    Counterpoint: The Kardashians are awful people and any shot at them is warranted.
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    Tim SimmonsTim Simmons Posts: 7,004
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    Just back here to contradict my previous statement. Part 2 of TTPD is great. Aaron Dessner’s songs mostly sound like if Folklore and 1989 had a baby. 
    I wish you hadn't said this. As these are digital-only and I don't really have a convenient way to listen to them, I was going to hold off on engaging with them until the inevitable physical release, but your description is going to make it hard to wait for them.
    NYT says don't waste your time with the "largely superfluous" Anthology tracks 

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    Terrible take. they are the better half of the record.
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    jimjam1982jimjam1982 AZ Posts: 1,305
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    BF25394 said:
    more popular - taylor swift?
    better musically and lyrically? pearl jam

    It's not even debatable. each member of pearl jam has more musical talent then taylor could ever hope to have.  don't confuse popularity, appearance, and performer ability to be the same as musical talent.
    You have a blind spot here if you can't see that Taylor Swift is an incredibly talented performer, musician and songwriter. Sometimes, things are really popular because they're really good. She may not be your speed, but suggesting that she is not talented is not really a credible or defensible take.

    She is a very talented songwriter and performer.  She just isn't on par with legendary musicians talent wise.  Her popularity stems from easy to follow and relatable lyrics, a great singer, and performer.  Not necessarily because of her guitar skills.  Take everything she does and make it instrumental and it just isn't amazing musicianship. 

    I never said she has no talent but her music is very simple.  She can be both incredibly talented and not an all time great musician. You can find numerous articles explaining her music is simple chords and progressions that are often very similar.  she is unable to create different sounds. That doesn't mean she isn't talented....
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    PJammin'PJammin' Posts: 1,787
    edited April 21
    BF25394 said:
    more popular - taylor swift?
    better musically and lyrically? pearl jam

    It's not even debatable. each member of pearl jam has more musical talent then taylor could ever hope to have.  don't confuse popularity, appearance, and performer ability to be the same as musical talent.
    You have a blind spot here if you can't see that Taylor Swift is an incredibly talented performer, musician and songwriter. Sometimes, things are really popular because they're really good. She may not be your speed, but suggesting that she is not talented is not really a credible or defensible take.

    She is a very talented songwriter and performer.  She just isn't on par with legendary musicians talent wise.  Her popularity stems from easy to follow and relatable lyrics, a great singer, and performer.  Not necessarily because of her guitar skills.  Take everything she does and make it instrumental and it just isn't amazing musicianship. 

    I never said she has no talent but her music is very simple.  She can be both incredibly talented and not an all time great musician. You can find numerous articles explaining her music is simple chords and progressions that are often very similar.  she is unable to create different sounds. That doesn't mean she isn't talented....
    Well put. 

    Also, her ideas and marketing are A1. Her merchandise is really good too. She’s doing a lot right. 
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    HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon Winnipeg Posts: 35,898
    I'm not sure if anyone was claiming she was Steve Vai on the guitar. Simple and relatable don't disqualify you from being legendary. I mean, people think McCready is legendary. He's a shredder on the guitar. But he hasn't written that many songs that would qualify him as such (the few he has landed on PJ albums are awesome). So why can it go one way but not the other?
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    3days3days Posts: 1,152
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    Donald Trump has taken shots at Taylor Swift. She has legions of hyper devoted 18+ fans. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. 
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    mpedonempedone 540xxx - Manchester, NH Posts: 1,895
    PJammin' said:
    mpedone said:
    PJammin' said:
    marjen said:
    PJammin' said:
    kmcmanus said:
    DARN IT




    That’s gotta be before the Paste review. They gave her a 3.8. Critic was left anonymous to prevent any online hassle from her fans.
    Her fanbase is childish. Not all of them, but a lot of them.  I swear, it’s a twisted cult. 
    PJammin' said:
    kmcmanus said:
    DARN IT




    That’s gotta be before the Paste review. They gave her a 3.8. Critic was left anonymous to prevent any online hassle from her fans.
    Her fanbase is childish. Not all of them, but a lot of them.  I swear, it’s a twisted cult. 
    Is her fan base really any different than PJs? people on this forum aren’t practically a cult?  People still think PJ is relevant while TS actually is. Been here since the start, 10 came out my sophomore year of college. Love the band. They haven’t been relevant in at least 10 years. My son is 23 and LOVES music, actually doesn’t mind PJ but he is like, year no they aren’t on anyone’s radar right now.  Still love them though. Dark matter is there best album in at least 16 years. I have started listening to lots 0f other music in that time, artists that excite me more, different genres etc. I love TS. Yes I am a 52 yr old male, not remotely her target audience. But damn she can write songs. Her audience is much more diverse these days. I can finally admit I like her lol. If I look at my stats on Apple Music, PJ is barely in my top 10 the last few years. Zach Bryan has been #1 the last 2 years and Taylor #2. I feel there are a lot of people in this forum that are PJ or bust but there are a lot of other good musicians out there. Branch out folks, and don’t worry about what others think. 
    I wasn’t even talking about PJ’s fanbase, that’s a whole other discussion. Anyway, when a critic has to remain nameless when giving her latest album a low rated review bcuz of her triggered fanbase, it says a lot. A lot of them are nuts. 
    You say this like it's unique to Swift and uncommon with any large fanbase (especially in the Internet era). 
    So this is how far we’ve fallen as a society? That no one can be critical of Taylor Swift or any artist without being harassed or attacked. It’s pathetic. 
    Nope. This is where our society had been for decades, it's just easier than ever to make your voice heard. 
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    Tim SimmonsTim Simmons Posts: 7,004
    I don't get the comment "She just isn't on par with legendary musicians talent wise."

    She doesn't play a lot of notes? Or she doesn't use polyrhythms? Like, what does this mean? 



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    mookeywrenchmookeywrench Posts: 5,790
    Having watched Eddie Vedder botch Mrs. Mills at Benaroya Hall. She's on par talent wise
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    JV130312JV130312 STATE OF LOVE & TRUST Posts: 2,415
    Taylor Swift - The Tortured Poets Department
    Taylor.  lol.
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    BSullyBSully Indiana Posts: 1,075
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    Why are we 5 pages deep on topic talking about Swift when the best band in the world has a new album out?
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    LiftedLifted Posts: 1,679
    Taylor Swift is far and away the most overrated artist of the 21st century. Feel free to argue, but I have nothing else to add.
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    Johnny AbruzzoJohnny Abruzzo Philly Posts: 10,606
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    Think I’ve heard most of the Swift album. I like a great if the songs. But a lot of is spiteful and immature lyrically. And the instrumentation is bland and repetitive. I was hoping for more at least from the Dessner songs. Still working on absorbing it. Hard to stop listening to Dark Matter!
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    PJammin'PJammin' Posts: 1,787
    Think I’ve heard most of the Swift album. I like a great if the songs. But a lot of is spiteful and immature lyrically. And the instrumentation is bland and repetitive. I was hoping for more at least from the Dessner songs. Still working on absorbing it. Hard to stop listening to Dark Matter!
    Spiteful and immature lyrically? Why am I not surprised. She’s been that way prior. 
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    BF25394BF25394 Posts: 3,559
    bootleg said:
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    I tried to listen to a few songs and they really all sounded very similar in style.  Like sleepy teenage poems over some generic music.  I couldn’t imagine listening to 31 of those.  But hey that’s just my taste.  It’s just not for me.
    She's a 35-year-old woman. "Sleepy teenage poems," really? Unless she has suddenly regressed as a songwriter, I find it hard to believe this characterization could be accurate. It reminds me of when a music-snob friend described Eddie Vedder's lyrics as "greeting-card poetry."
    I don’t know if it’s a regression but it is a little childish to be writing a Kim Kardashian diss track at 35 with lyrics that reference  “…push me down the stairs at our school.”  and “..my mother is a saintly woman but she used to say she wished you dead”

    Then with song titles like But Daddy I love Him, and I Can Fix Him.  And then there this gem…

    Truth, dare, spin bottles
    You know how to ball, I know Aristotle
    Brand new, full throttle
    Touch me while your bros play 
    Grand Theft Auto
    It's true, swear, scouts honor
    You knew what you wanted, and, boy, you got her
    Brand new, full throttle
    You already know, babe

    But besides some cringe lyrics I think over time even the most devoted Swifties will find this collection of songs sonically boring, and all a bit too similar in structure and style.
    I have now listened to the album once. I'm not sure what the supposed Kim Kardashian diss track is. I don't remember hearing the lyrics you quote. I'm also aware that people often speculate that Taylor Swift songs are about certain people, but she literally never says who the songs are about, so short of this song mentioning Kim Kardashian, I'd take any claims with a grain of salt. Having said that, Kim Kardashian did Taylor Swift dirty, and I wouldn't blame her for holding a grudge.

    Have you actually listened to the song "But Daddy I Love Him"? Because I thought it was an impressive bit of songwriting. I wouldn't judge it by its title any more than I'd judge "Papa Don't Preach" by its title-- or "Waiting for Stevie," for that matter. It seemed like another example of her special talent for conveying the specific little details that give the songs emotional weight (the famous example of the scarf in "All Too Well" comes to mind). As for "I Can Fix Him," I suspect that a lot of people, and especially women, can relate to the song, and I thought that it offered a pretty good twist at the end that demonstrates the narrator's savvy: nope, I can't actually fix him. In the case of both of these songs, at first listen, they are good reminders of something that people should also keep in mind when listening to Dark Matter, which is that not all songwriting is autobiographical. Taylor Swift and Eddie Vedder are both quite skilled at inventing characters and telling stories about those characters in songs. In his Broadway show, Bruce Springsteen talks about how he's a professional liar, a mouthpiece for the working man who's never had a "real job" in his life. So don't assume that Eddie's marriage is on the rocks, or that Taylor is settling scores.

    With respect to the lyrics you excerpted above, again I seem to have missed these. Perhaps both this and the supposed Kim song are among the bonus tracks released at 2 a.m.? If so, I guess I wouldn't put a lot of stock in them as exemplars of her work any more than I would point to "Sweet Lew" as illustrative of Pearl Jam's music. These lyrics sound like an expression of the giddy feeling of new love, and certainly sound like they could be about the amiable dope she's currently dating. It may not be her best work, but it's also not a sleepy teenage poem. Having said that, the ideas expressed therein, if they are indeed referencing Mr. Kelce, are a pretty good summation of why that relationship is doomed to fail.

    I agree with your "sonically boring" description as much as I can have an impression after one listen. It also seemed like the Dessner-produced tracks are more interesting musically than the Antonoff-produced tracks, but I should probably look at that more closely before making any definitive statement about it. I was interested to see that Wilco's Glenn Kotche plays on a few tracks.

    In general, the album seems downbeat. I almost feel like it would have been a good candidate for a surprise drop with no fanfare.
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    JT167846JT167846 Posts: 836
    The bonus tracks on her CD editions play a part in such huge sales numbers. PJ have 13 (?) different vinyl editions and two CD editions but same track list. Wonder how many copies would have been sold if there were no bonus tracks. Obviously way more than our boys but the hypothesised difference is enough to make me wonder if I would buy four different copies of Dark Matter had there been a similar setup with that and how many copies would have been sold worldwide to flip that scenario.
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    Johnny AbruzzoJohnny Abruzzo Philly Posts: 10,606
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    The second half “2am” album is superior to the first half, hardly throwaway tracks, and contains the very obvious diss track that has KIM spelled out as the capital letters. 
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    Evel KEvel K Posts: 520
    I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift so I don't know her music enough to vote but I have to think someone in her camp had to tell her Pearl Jam's album was dropping the same day.  What do you think?  Did she know and say too bad, or was it just spur of the moment secret double album surprise?
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    Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 29,203
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    Evel K said:
    I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift so I don't know her music enough to vote but I have to think someone in her camp had to tell her Pearl Jam's album was dropping the same day.  What do you think?  Did she know and say too bad, or was it just spur of the moment secret double album surprise?
    She announced it on Feb 5 (At the Grammys)

    Pearl Jam announced their release on Feb 12
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    Tim SimmonsTim Simmons Posts: 7,004
    I didn’t think Taylor Swift owes Pearl Jam a call for a heads up. Now maybe she or her people talked to Beyoncé’ or her people.

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    kmcmanuskmcmanus Posts: 658
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    Evel K said:
    I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift so I don't know her music enough to vote but I have to think someone in her camp had to tell her Pearl Jam's album was dropping the same day.  What do you think?  Did she know and say too bad, or was it just spur of the moment secret double album surprise?
    She announced it on Feb 5 (At the Grammys)

    Pearl Jam announced their release on Feb 12
    This board knew the announcement date in Feb back in November (look at the 2024 tour rumor thread), hard to believe the band hasn’t known 4/19 was the date for longer than that.
    I can’t imagine TS’s people would have given a second’s thought to PJ, they certainly wouldn’t see the band as any kind of competition.
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    Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 29,203
    I didn’t think Taylor Swift owes Pearl Jam a call for a heads up. Now maybe she or her people talked to Beyoncé’ or her people.

    Yeah, they're no Paul McCartney :) 


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    If Pearl Jam thought they would get Taylor Swift-esque spotlight on them on their release day they could have moved their release when they heard about her releasing on the 19th
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    mpedonempedone 540xxx - Manchester, NH Posts: 1,895
    BF25394 said:
    bootleg said:
    BF25394 said:
    bootleg said:
    I tried to listen to a few songs and they really all sounded very similar in style.  Like sleepy teenage poems over some generic music.  I couldn’t imagine listening to 31 of those.  But hey that’s just my taste.  It’s just not for me.
    She's a 35-year-old woman. "Sleepy teenage poems," really? Unless she has suddenly regressed as a songwriter, I find it hard to believe this characterization could be accurate. It reminds me of when a music-snob friend described Eddie Vedder's lyrics as "greeting-card poetry."
    I don’t know if it’s a regression but it is a little childish to be writing a Kim Kardashian diss track at 35 with lyrics that reference  “…push me down the stairs at our school.”  and “..my mother is a saintly woman but she used to say she wished you dead”

    Then with song titles like But Daddy I love Him, and I Can Fix Him.  And then there this gem…

    Truth, dare, spin bottles
    You know how to ball, I know Aristotle
    Brand new, full throttle
    Touch me while your bros play 
    Grand Theft Auto
    It's true, swear, scouts honor
    You knew what you wanted, and, boy, you got her
    Brand new, full throttle
    You already know, babe

    But besides some cringe lyrics I think over time even the most devoted Swifties will find this collection of songs sonically boring, and all a bit too similar in structure and style.
    In the case of both of these songs, at first listen, they are good reminders of something that people should also keep in mind when listening to Dark Matter, which is that not all songwriting is autobiographical. Taylor Swift and Eddie Vedder are both quite skilled at inventing characters and telling stories about those characters in songs.
    I dunno, pretty sure "No Body, No Crime" is autobiographical - a shocking confession that Taylor eats at Olive Garden, but that you'll never prove it because she hides her tracks so well. Oh, and something about avenging her best friend's murder.

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    droptheleash9droptheleash9 Posts: 1,353
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    PJammin' said:
    BF25394 said:
    more popular - taylor swift?
    better musically and lyrically? pearl jam

    It's not even debatable. each member of pearl jam has more musical talent then taylor could ever hope to have.  don't confuse popularity, appearance, and performer ability to be the same as musical talent.
    You have a blind spot here if you can't see that Taylor Swift is an incredibly talented performer, musician and songwriter. Sometimes, things are really popular because they're really good. She may not be your speed, but suggesting that she is not talented is not really a credible or defensible take.

    She is a very talented songwriter and performer.  She just isn't on par with legendary musicians talent wise.  Her popularity stems from easy to follow and relatable lyrics, a great singer, and performer.  Not necessarily because of her guitar skills.  Take everything she does and make it instrumental and it just isn't amazing musicianship. 

    I never said she has no talent but her music is very simple.  She can be both incredibly talented and not an all time great musician. You can find numerous articles explaining her music is simple chords and progressions that are often very similar.  she is unable to create different sounds. That doesn't mean she isn't talented....
    Well put. 

    Also, her ideas and marketing are A1. Her merchandise is really good too. She’s doing a lot right. 
    I'd argue she's a better businesswoman than artist...and she's a great artist...
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    PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BC Posts: 49,680
    Pearl Jam - Dark Matter
    Dark Matter by miles and miles, and I like Taylor Swift.
    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata
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    YourDirtisMyfoodYourDirtisMyfood Boston Posts: 4,525
    If you are a concert aficianado and have to be at all the legendary-type of concerts, you HAVE to go to one ERA's tour concert over this year.  I've seen her 5 times, twice during the ERA's tour and it's one of the most fascinating concert experiences I have ever had.  Even if you are just a casual TS fan.  It's not a rock concert like PJ, but it's an experience that you will never forget for real.  Truly unbelievable.
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    PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BC Posts: 49,680
    Pearl Jam - Dark Matter
    If you are a concert aficianado and have to be at all the legendary-type of concerts, you HAVE to go to one ERA's tour concert over this year.  I've seen her 5 times, twice during the ERA's tour and it's one of the most fascinating concert experiences I have ever had.  Even if you are just a casual TS fan.  It's not a rock concert like PJ, but it's an experience that you will never forget for real.  Truly unbelievable.

    I wish I could afford it. Those tickets are so expensive, even with 3-night stands. I will look on the days of the shows to see if some cheap ones pop up, but I'm not holding my breath. TS concerts are a whole different beast compared to other shows, ticket-wise.
    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata
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