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“Style (TV)” Has Fans Divided, But Jack Antonoff Isn’t To Blame

The long-awaited 1989 (Taylor’s Version) dropped at midnight on Oct. 27, and it’s an understatement to say that Swifties were prepared to get lost in the “Wonderland” (see what I did there?) that is the 1989 era all over again. Unsurprisingly, most of the album exceeded all of our “Wildest Dreams,” but some of the re-recorded tracks have Swifties divided — especially when it comes to Jack Antonoff and “Style (Taylor’s Version).”

In the past few years, Swift’s crusade to regain her power and voice — and soon, her reputation and name (IYKYK) — has sent the world into a new age. In almost every season since 2021, she’s released new, re-recorded versions of her old discography; only now, self-owned and produced.

In addition to the re-recorded 2014 classics, Taylor has gifted us with five vault tracks, all of which are the stuff of (sub)urban legends, literally. But the internet seems to be split on the quintessential early-2010 hit, “Style,” and it’s all bad blood between the Swifties and Jack Antonoff — but he isn’t exactly to blame. Turns out, Jack Antonoff didn’t produce “Style (TV).” Christopher Rowe did.

There seems to be a growing distaste for Jack Atonoff’s contributions to recent pop releases: After Taylor’s latest release of the Midnights album in 2022, Swifties flocked to X (formerly Twitter) to express their dislike for the sound of the album. 

The primary complaints revolved around the idea that his production style homogenizes and “dulls” artists’ sound. While most branded him the anti-hero, Antonoff’s work has produced some of Swift’s fan favorites like the Folklore and Evermore albums.

But, the biggest irony yet is that Jack Antonoff only produced the re-records he originally collaborated on, and “Style” wasn’t one of them. In fact, another one of Swift’s longtime collaborators Christopher Rowe produced the re-recorded track, according to Genius.

Even with these criticisms, though, Swifties recognize that the evolution, the sound quality, and the vocal maturity make 1989 (Taylor’s Version) exactly what it was meant to be: her own.

By morning, gone was any trace of the original album; TV made us clean! Taylor said it best: It’s a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat, beat forevermorе.

Sonia Michelle Yetming is a Her Campus National Writer at the University of Tampa, where she primarily covers subjects like mental and physical health, sex & relationships, astrology, and wellness. As a UTampa transfer, Sonia is continuing her studies in Criminology and Film & Media Arts and will graduate in the year 2025. Her curiosity in Criminology demonstrates her academic activity, while her artistic and creative skills are practiced in film acting, production, and editing. When she is not pursuing academic and career opportunities, Sonia’s free time is mostly at home watching a movie, or at coffee shops with friends!