Taylor Swift returns to pop with deeply
Before "Folklore" and "
Evermore," Taylor Swift could
not have been the Taylor
Swift of "Midnights."
This Swift has drilled down a couple more layers and has
never shied away from exposing
a vein of vulnerability.
Swift sets a high bar for
herself with her 10th studio
album by not only sharing her
most intimate thoughts with us, but also doing so with poetic
grace and a higher calibre
Her confidence as a songwriter increased as a result of the enthusiastic response to the
spare musicality and unfiltered emotion on her most recent
Listening to "Midnights" at
the witching hour enhances so many aspects of the song. In a pitch-black room wearing headphones,
Swift seems to be telling stories about her life and using her inventive wordplay directly.
11 of the 13 songs on the
album were created by Jack Antonoff, a longstanding collaborator of Swift. She
explores her past with
Antonoiff's help and leaves a seductive trail of breadcrumbs.
Prior to the release of the
album, she filmed a series of
web videos called "Midnight's Mayhem With Me."
Swift claimed that "Mad Men" informed her of the word
"Lavender Haze," which was
used in the 1950s and
signified "you were in an all-encompassing love glow."
Swift recounts a romance with
"the one I was dancing with in
New York" while using a wide variety of adjectives and well-timed expletives.
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