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Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" Video

Normally I'd be more interested in eating lit firecrackers than waxing philosophical over a Taylor Swift video, but I find "I Knew You Were Trouble" to be kind of intriguing. Forget the fact that the Max Martin/Shellback co-production will probably go down as the definitive moment where Taylor chucked her country cred out the window in exchange for a massive pop hit (complete with a hefty heaping of dubstep on the side). No, the Anthony Mandler video itself is a particular curiosity.

Swift starts the whole clip off by waking up in the desert, looking like Coachella exploded all over her, and spouting off some heartach-y stuff about a relationship that is now only a "kaleidoscope of memories" and the fact that "his world moved too fast and burned too bright." (The full official video isn't being embeddable until tomorrow.)

We soon see the angelic devil she's talking about. Honestly, he looks like a scuzzball lizard who slithered out of the nearest dead-end town dive bar, but, hey — knock yourself out by getting off with whatever trash is keeping your tits tweaked these days, Tay.

Their doomed relationship then plays out in flashbacks, a la a mix of Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" and Rihanna's "We Found Love." But ultimately, Swift winds up just being a new notch in her slimy stud's belt.

I think, really, I just like how anguished and worn-out Taylor looks at the end, when she's arching and writhing in the desert. That, and her final quote: "I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are."

So deep, girl. Anyway, let's face it — the song is pretty killer.



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