It's no news here: Taylor Swift's been veering further and further out of her home genre of country with each subesquent release. However, she absolutely has taken a walk out of the park with the latest single off her upcoming album Red, "I Knew You Were Trouble"--which eschews all traces of twang in favor of electronic dubstep.
For those not familiar with the genre, it's really something you'd expect from a blond singer with the last name Stefani, not Swift. (Or heck, forget blond females--Grammy-winning producer Skrillex, if you know who he is.) Anyway, dubstep is firmly in the dance genre and relies on bass and drums for its kick; in other words, it's not something one would automatically associate even the most pop-leaning of Swift songs with.
If this makes all you purist "Teardrops On My Guitar"-types wince, have a listen for yourselves and see what you think. The song is being received with much interest, plus a load of fan-related and critical chat this week.
At any rate, "I Knew You Were Trouble" gives everyone something to discuss besides the getting-old-by-now question: So what ex did Taylor write this one about? See, we always knew she was a clever girl.
That said, feel free to dissect the lyrics once you've gotten over the novelty of the music. Which ex is this one about? Apparently, this one was trouble the moment he walked in, according to Swift. That's not too much of a hint, but we're sure the hardcore Swifties out there will manage to come up with a plausible guess.
Swift's album Red will be released on October 22.