The song starts with a loud clapping beat, and considering the acoustic riff that accompanies it isn't all that exciting, it's fair to call the production fairly stale, which is why I didn't really care for "Still The Same."
Another knock to make is in the writing, mainly because it's a pretty plain kiss-off song that we've heard from Swift before. It's fine I guess, but there's not really a story as to what the ex-lover in question actually did that was so wrong. It seems like I repeat myself with this time and time again, but fleshing out the story always helps to add more meat to a song.
On top of that, Swift doesn't really contribute a whole lot of anything to the track other than singing "this is the last time" a bunch of times. I think even Kristian Bush got as much time as she did. Plus, the hook is fairly unmemorable, as the lover in question could be "babe," "honey," "bunky," "sugarmuffin," or in this case, likely something far worse.
With all of these criticisms, I can't understand for the life of me why I don't think this is so bad. Honestly, it just might come down to Nettles herself. While the production is stale, it also stays out of the way to let her work her vocal magic and deliver a dynamite performance, and the chorus is fairly catchy as well even if it's lacking lyrically.
Overall, "Babe" is an enjoyable, but ultimately lacking song that only fully utilizes one of the three artists involved with this. Still, it works in spite of its flaws, so if you're curious, it's worth a listen.
Author: Zackary Kephart