The following is a repost from my Medium circa 2020, given my bigger audience and its continued relevance I figured it deserved to be on here. Enjoy. It’s okay to blame poptimism for this. The sudden swinging of the pendulum from criticism biased towards rock and assuaging pop to pop suddenly being given a new type of serious thought. Pop was never unanalyzed by earnest writers, but it was never the dominant mode of music writing, invested in by those who wanted to craft the canon of Great Music. But as the streaming game became all-encompassing, big-tent pop now takes up all the discourse. So, we come to this. The celebration of Taylor Swift.