I keep hearing on the radio a newish Maroon 5 song called “Animals,” which sounds a lot like earlier Maroon 5 songs (e.g. “One More Night”), but is actually inferior to them. And here’s an example of the lyrics: “But don’t deny the animal / That comes alive when I’m inside you.” How stupidly low! Can you say creative bankruptcy?
Then there’s Taylor Swift, whose “Blank Space” is just as catchy as her “Shake It Off” but is a better song. The words are better (her femme fatale says, ‘I can make the bad guys good for a weekend”), the music more memorable. Her best ditties are the pop versions of “Love Story,” “Tears on my Guitar,” ”Fifteen,” ”I Knew You Were Trouble,” and, yes, probably ”Blank Space” (the pop version being the only version of this one).