Her two new songs aren't objectively terrible....but they just sound so much like she's desperately trying to jump on the 'trap'/EDM/whatever-you-call-it trends of 2017. They're not her carving out a distinct new identity, it's just blatant bandwagon hopping.
They're okay tunes, but coming from her they sound very forced and ham-fisted.
Did you guys forget half of Red and all of 1989? She's been doing bonafide pop for years now. Her country stuff is pretty bad and she barely developed the sound despite giving about four album's worth of material to it. Every good artist realises they have to change. New direction sucks hasn't worked but the idea behind it was fine. Wishing for her to make a country album... if you like that shit listen to the new Miley (which is surprisingly really quite good).
If you think pre-Red Taylor was the best... I disagree.
If you think pre-Red Taylor was hotter you are an idiot. Looked like a country bumpkin hick who was dressed half by herself and half by a casting agent. Really, really bad. She became pretty hot in the last two years. I never found her attractive at all and now she's easily in my top 15 or so.
People who liked country Taylor, re men, is weird too. Seems a weird thing, like bronies, where they're all 33 and a bit too old and a little too serious and obsessive, and talk about it like it's Radiohead going from OK Computer to Kid A or something... and not, you know, just pop music and something to talk about, like, and discuss, but something serious and hardcore.