Lover: A New Era for Taylor Swift
The above image: Lover Album Cover (Credit: Universal Music Group)
Taylor Swift is back and better than ever with her new album Lover. She has been a staple in the world of pop music since her smash album 1989, releasing instant hits like “Blank Space”, “Look What You Made Me Do”, and “Shake it Off”; however, her newest studio album is filled with more personal nuances, powerful songs, and uplifting messages than any of her other works.
From the title track “Lover”, a romantic ballad, to the confident feminist anthem “The Man,” Swift displays her incredible versatility as a songwriter in her seventh album. She has mastered the art of crafting the perfect ballad, blending poetic lyrics with easy listening synths and simple drum lines. Furthermore, “Afterglow” and “False God” showcase Swift’s elusive lyrical writing with well thought out lyrics that seem simultaneously effortless.
Swift continues to prove that she is a jack of all trades by releasing a multitude of upbeat tracks. Her self-assured sound is prominent in the songs “I Forgot That You Existed”, “Cruel Summer,” and the incredibly cheery hit “ME!” which features Brendon Urie from Panic! At the Disco. Swift even returns to her earlier country roots in the song “Paper Rings.” It is no surprise that she is consistently able to produce top-notch pop songs.
For the first time in her career, Swift speaks out about multiple issues facing society today, including women’s rights and equality for the LGBTQ+ community. The song “You Need to Calm Down” promotes the idea of being unapologetically yourself and blocking out the haters and is meant to be a shoutout to the queer community.
Not only are Swift’s new songs allowing her to advocate for others, but also show a more vulnerable side of herself. The track “Soon You’ll Get Better” is speculated to touch on her Mother’s battle with cancer. Swift is no longer afraid to talk about sensitive subjects and makes it clear she has become a stronger songwriter over time since the beginning of her music career.
The song “Death by a Thousand Cuts” also shows the change in the subject of her work. Swift has branched off from vengeful heartbreak hits to more reflective melodies. Despite being a breakup song, it demonstrates her newfound maturity in her artistry.
If Taylor Swift makes one thing clear on this album, it is that she is in love. “Cornelia Street” and “London Boy” express vibrant romantic lyrics with beautiful orchestrations. From acoustic pianos to engaging keyboards, Lover is undeniably Swift’s most romantic body of work.
Needless to say, Lover marks an exciting new chapter in Taylor Swift’s music career.