TAYLOR SWIFT's 'Lover' Album: Ain't This The Best Thing You've Ever Heard?
As a Taylor Swift fan, I didn't know what to expect from her seventh studio album after the reputation era which was probably her darkest one yet. Will it be another dark album? Will she turn things back around this time? Will there be a diss track? The questions went on and on.
But 8.23 finally came and the pop music scene shone bright like a rainbow with all of the colors – the snake has fully metamorphosed into a butterfly. Here's my track-by-track review of global pop superstar Taylor Swift's seventh studio album Lover.
1. I Forgot That You Existed
Taylor bids goodbye to her dark, grieving reputation era with "I Forgot That You Existed". This song is a perfect opening salvo for her new album as it symbolizes her moving on from the lowest of the lows in reputation.
Remember that Easter egg on Taylor's denim jacket from her Entertainment Weekly cover? She was, again, foreshadowing her reference to Drake in this song 😉
2. Cruel Summer
Taylor first gave us a hint about this song in her "You Need To Calm Down" music video. In case you missed it, re-watch the scene where Adam Lambert was giving Ellen DeGeneres a tattoo on her forearm.
The whole feel of "Cruel Summer" (Taylor co-wrote this with Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent) kind of reminds me of "Out Of The Woods" (1989) and "Getaway Car" (reputation) which she also co-wrote with Antonoff.
"Cruel Summer" talks about a desperate summer love: "What doesn't kill me makes me want you more". The song's infectious beat and catchy chorus will grow on you as you listen more and more to it. Giving this a 💯 would be an understatement, and I won't be surprised if Taylor will release this as a single in the coming months.
P.S. THAT 👏🏼 GROWL 👏🏼 THO 👏🏼
Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand? Your new wedding song is here and it's sincerely beautiful 😭 The title track, which Taylor wrote alone, seemingly takes us inside her low-key relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn. "I've loved you three summers now, honey. But I want them all." "Lover" is a simple yet sincere confession of love which I will never get tired of listening to.
4. The Man
Taylor sings about perception in her long-overdue track "The Man". Will people see her in a different way if she was a man? Will they criticize everything she does if she was a man? If Taylor was a man, she'd be THE MAN.
5. The Archer
Track 5 always has something special to it, Swifties know that all too well and "The Archer" is no exception. It instantly gave me that mellow, vulnerable feeling – the exact same thing I felt when I first heard "Delicate", yup, track 5 from reputation. But coming from the first four songs, "The Archer" is a bit of a downer. Still, I wouldn't press the skip button.
6. I Think He Knows
I'm so obsessed with this, and I know you understand. Taylor, you just blessed my soul.
7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince
Go! Fight! Win! Taylor has always been silent about her political views, not until 2018 when she endorsed a few candidates for the US senatorial elections. In "Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince", she sings about the world of politics, comparing it to life in high school. "American glory faded before me / Now I'm feeling hopeless".
8. Paper Rings
If you're looking for your cutesy love song with all the throwback feels, better turn up the volume when you get to track 8! "Paper Rings" talks about finally finding true love where nothing else in the world matters. "I like shiny things but I'd marry you with paper rings". Awww 💗💗💗
9. Cornelia Street
The first few lines got me hooked and I found myself listening closely to the lyrics, as if Taylor was telling me a story about how this relationship blossomed at a rented place in Cornelia Street and how the thought of it coming to an end terrifies her. Here's to hoping you'll have nothing but happy memories in Cornelia Street, Taylor 💕
10. Death By A Thousand Cuts
Just when I thought there'd be no heartbreak songs in this album, here comes "Death By A Thousand Cuts" – a slightly upbeat yet sad track that tells a story of someone going through a painful heartbreak. If you need a good cry, give this a listen. "If the story's over, why am I still writing pages?" 💔
11. London Boy
Need I say more? Joe Alwyn, WE FANCY YOU. 💘
12. Soon You'll Get Better
Probably the most personal track in Lover, "Soon You'll Get Better", which features the Dixie Chicks, is an ode to Mama Swift who's battling cancer. In an interview, Taylor revealed that it was hard for her to write this track. "I can't even listen to it... Writing about it was really emotional."
13. False God
I'm loving the jazzy vibe of this track and that catchy "lo-uh-uh-uh-ove" in the chorus, but I won't mind skipping "False God" when I'm listening to the whole album ✌🏼
14. You Need To Calm Down
Taylor is known for addressing her haters through her songs ("Shake It Off", "Look What You Made Me Do") and now, she's coming at them like a missile in "You Need To Calm Down". Tell 'em, kween!
It's not you, it's me. "Afterglow" talks about a love story that's falling apart, and she's putting all the blame on herself. You know that feeling when you're trying really hard to fight for that love? This song says it all.
Strike the band up one, two, three! Taylor ushered in her colorful TS7 era with its lead single "ME!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. When she said "You'll never find another like me", I. FELT. THAT. You're the only one of you, Taylor Alison Swift.
17. It's Nice To Have A Friend
The shortest track on the album, "It's Nice To Have A Friend" seemingly talks about the simple joys of getting to do fun things with that special someone. At first, I didn't get what this song was about, but I'm starting to appreciate it more now after giving it another listen.
We're out of the dark, 'cos it's definitely brighter now. "I once believed love would be burning red, but it's golden like daylight". Taylor ends TS7 with a powerful line, "You are what you love".
All in all, Lover took me on an emotional journey filled with hope, heartbreak, and all kinds of love. This is her best work yet and it's safe to say that the old Taylor never really died. Lover will always be one of my favorite albums from Taylor Swift, forever and ever. ❤️