Critical reception::Bad Blood (Taylor Swift song)


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Critical reception The original version of "Bad Blood" received generally mixed reviews from music critics.<ref name="TbyTAV HFx">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Failed verification |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[not in citation given] }} The song was mostly criticized for its writing, with critics describing it as full of clichés. "Mix her uncharacteristically bratty tone with the weakest beat and the softest cliches, this labor clunks to the finish line." said one review. <ref name="TbyTAV HFx" /><ref name="">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The chorus in particular was criticized with Jim Farber of The New York Daily News describing it as a "repetitive, arena-mongering chant".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The song was also criticized by reviewers for its weak production.<ref name="TbyTAV HFx" /><ref name=""/> However, Entertainment Weekly listed it as one of the best songs on the album.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

However, the remixed version of the song featuring guest vocals from Kendrick Lamar received mostly positive reviews, with praise from music critics directed at Lamar's guest verses and the reworked instrumental.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> George Seabrook of The Edge awarded the song four and half stars out of five, and called it "glorious" and "intoxicating". He praised the song for "Lamar’s simple, brutally effective verses" and acknowledged the collaboration as "not just one more meaningless stunt collaboration, but a powerful new duo".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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