Review

Taylor Swift Has Transcended Her Era

“The Tortured Poets Department” will last like Mozart

Eric Sentell
Counter Arts
Published in
6 min readMay 7, 2024

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Don’t scoff. “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology” will become the classical music of the 2300s (assuming climate change doesn’t kill us).

If Jane Austen’s novels can stand the test of time and become classic literature, then why can’t our greatest pop music endure and become a new type of classical music in the distant future?

Reading novels used to be considered a frivolous waste of time, a slightly embarrassing indulgence for young women with nothing better to do. Jane Austen’s books were the TikToks and YouTube shorts of her day. Now her books are universally regarded as classics. They sell well year-after-year, fueled partly by high school and college curricula and partly by a steady stream of film and TV adaptations.

Few people today consider pop music to be a waste of human effort and attention, but no one projects pop into the centuries and ponders which artists will endure, which songs will live forever as soundtracks, which albums will become “classical” music consumed by afficionados and people of good taste. Mozart and Beethoven still sell music; which modern bands and solo acts will sell music centuries from now?

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Eric Sentell
Counter Arts

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