Swift’s New Album Opening New Doors for Her Career

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Emily Walker, Staff Writer

On August twenty third, Taylor Swift released a new album entitled “Lover.” This bright, happy, and fun-looking album described as “a love letter to love itself” by the famous singer, is a departure from her previous album, “Reputation.” “Lover” features eighteen songs with singles and remixes accompanied by other artists including Panic at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, The Dixie Chicks, and Shawn Mendes. Four of the tracks were released as singles,  including “Me! “(Featuring Brendon Urie), “You Need to Calm Down,” “The Archer,” and “Lover.” Each showed a different representation of what might be addressed in the album, with certain tracks hinting at love and others hinting at political and societal opinion. Taylor Swift uses this album to tell fans about issues that are happening around us. Her song “The Man”, for example, touches on sexism happening in a delicate and upbeat way. The pop star also addresses toxic masculinity and disillusioned patriotism in her song, “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince” and the importance of being able to express yourself for who you love freely in “You Need to Calm Down”.  And with the closing track, Taylor Swift concludes, “I want to be defined by the things that I love-not the things I hate.” which sums up the whole idea that should be taken away from listening.

Seventy-two percent of people who have listened to this album were fans and loved every second of it. Yet there is always something that can be put on the negative side. An article from Pitchfork explains how these songs “feel recycled from everything Taylor has already created”.  Other sources state that the singles that were supposed to give a preview of what was to come were not depicting good qualities of the album itself and were “the Kidzbop Bubblegum of early singles” and “too preachy.” To the seventy-two percent who did like this album, see it as having an overall tone of self-awareness and hopefulness.

If I were to give my own opinion of this album, I would say it is very different yet still the same from previous albums. My favorite song, as of now, would have to be “I Forgot that You Existed” just because of its upbeat qualities about handling a breakup. Overall when listening to the songs, it gives me an overall joyful reaction not only from the songs themselves but to just think of where this once small artist started, to see her music grow and become a sensation around the world.

With her seventh album now out and a summer festival on her way to promote the songs throughout Europe and the United States, Taylor Swift has shown her dedication to what she does and enjoys it every step of the way. Her compassion towards the things she believes in inspires many to fight for who they are.