Taylor Swift's fourth album Red has already sold over 3 million copies worldwide, which is just great. She's decided to use third single "I Knew You Were Trouble" as a pop/dubstep crossover vehicle. The verses feature some breezy electric guitar pop affair, while the choruses erupt into the most non-threatening dubstep bass break imaginable. The bass is so muted and generic, the verse/chorus transition is more of a tempered slope than a drop. This chorus is so bad that I am defending the honor of a dubstep drop, the cheapest thrill in uninspired dance music right now, to express what producer Max Martin failed to do here.
In the lyrics Taylor Swift whines about some guy from One Direction, who probably slept with her a few times, realized that she's an OCD/anxiety-ridden power freak, and quickly changed his phone number and the locks in his house. The lyrics talking about falling, being cold, drowning...you know what, Taylor, maybe you're just a crazy bitch that repels people. Maybe every guy you've ever dated has ended things quickly and completely despite your imagine being that of the cutest, most adorable girl in pop music. Maybe you need to stop writing kiss-offs to every guy you've ever dated, and actually work out your problems in the real world.
I've enjoyed a lot of Taylor Swift's singles a lot more than I'm comfortable to express in detail, but this song blows ass.
1.5 shoes (out of 5)