Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift is an undeniably talented artiste who is skilled at poetry. Her most recent album, “Midnights” is nothing short of this. Let’s talk about some of the things that her new album “Midnights” is:
She’s older, more certain of herself and unafraid to hurt anybody’s feelings. “Anti-Hero” is basically this woman saying she absolutely knows she might be the problem in some peoples’ stories and she doesn’t mind because nobody can beat her. She has come to terms with the fact that she can’t please everybody.
This artist has a long history of having her every move scrutinised by the public. She has had to defend herself a lot in the past, but the emergence of this album and her thirties have brought a more grownup version of her that doesn’t send anybody and their papa’s opinions.
Giving lover girl
Taylor Swift is still at her core, a lover girl. “Maroon” is an ode to this part of her as an artist. It is her reminiscing about the potency of the emotions she felt as she fell in love with her best friend. The feelings she felt with every dance, every touch were so strong they had her burning red. The record feels like a more mature version of one of her older songs, “Red”.
“Putting someone first only works when you’re in their top five”, is a truth from ‘Bejewelled’ that we all learn on a concrete level as adults, and it can hurt. In this song, her major problem would be disrespect sprung from overfamiliarity.
However, the love that you experience from friends and family make life easier, worth living. This song is about how fleeting life is and the importance of savouring every fleeting little pleasure, and every ounce of love you receive from those around you.
This album is a cohesive body of work that can be experienced as a whole with no skips. The LP is also a pivotal step in Taylor Swift’s journey as an artist. The woman has range and she’s not afraid to try out different genres and this trance/pop album is brilliant. It’ll be interesting to see what she does as she evolves even more.