Taylor Swift, the perfectly blonde, red-lipped girl, is an American icon. Brooke Fraser, a Christ-centered musician, who started her music career under the Hillsong banner, leads hearts to worship. The two singers are very similar, yet very different.
Brooke Fraser's newest solo album, Brutal Romantic, sounds similar to Lorde. Her music carries deep meaning that may take some time to decipher. Specifically, Fraser expresses her opinion about social media in her song, Psychosocial.
Psychosocial is a challenging song that drives listeners to think deeply as Fraser sings, "I love your protection but I don't love you. Your perceived perfection though it's just not you. I want an escape and tonight that's you... I want a cliche I can click on cue."
Listeners may have the impression that Fraser is singing about a failed romance, but that is not the case. In interviews she reveals writing the song to make the point that humanity is now on the hunt for satisfaction through social media. You can click on cue and be entertained, but only temporarily. The song, and others on the album, drive listeners to think deeply of life, and the consequences of actions that can either support or destroy lives.
Throughout the album Fraser reveals the way popular culture objectifies humanity. Writing some songs in haiku, and others with a pop beat, the album keeps listeners attention with each song bearing a unique personality.
Fraser speaks of gold-wrapped people in songs like Brutal Romance. Looking at men and women through the eye of social media and other failed lenses, her music drives listeners deeper into life by questioning if society views the individual as sacred or expendable.
Taylor Swift also has a strong opinion about society and social media. Swift held listening parties prior to creating her album 1989. Teenage twitter and Facebook followers joined Swift in her home to listen to sneak peaks of the new album. She used the sessions to hone her songs, ensuring she delivered exactly what fans wanted to hear.
Swift made connections with fans using heartbreak in failed relationships. Her song Wildest Dreams is a ballad about knowing a relationship will not last as she sings, "I can see the end as it begins" then pursuing the relationship with ill intentions for the sake of memories and temporary joy, " And when we've had our very last kiss, my last request is say you'll remember me...even if its just in your wildest dreams."
Swift's album is a work of art in riding the wave of society. There is a foreboding rhythm of utilitarianism as she uses heartbreak and fleeting relationships as a crutch for relationship satisfaction.
Growing-up in an era where music is a large influence, music lovers need to pay attention to the message that is getting replayed in the lyrics that replay in minds, dorm rooms, and hallways. A catchy beat and rhyming chorus is easy to make one over look the lyrics. The lyrics affirm a view of the world, and that view of the world has consequences for listeners.