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Album Review: Lover by Taylor Swift

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The 29-year-old singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is back with her seventh studio album. Lover takes a different view on things, compared to her previous album, Reputation. While I have listened to plenty of Taylor Swift songs, this is my first time listening to a Taylor Swift album from front to back.

The first track off the album is I Forgot That You Existed. The beat reminds me of something Justin Bieber or some other famous pop stars would use. The beat is simplistic but grows a little bit during the chorus. This song is showing that Taylor Swift moved on from her past lovers. She's glad that she forgot about it since it allowed her to move on in life.

Cruel Summer is another quick, short track off of the album. Towards the beginning, Swift briefly uses computerized voices. It starts out very electronic heavy but then moves into the original pop sound that a lot of artists use today. This track seems to talk about a previous summer where everything went wrong for her.

Now we move into the title track, Lover. Taylor Swift slows it down. While still being a pop song, it is somewhat reminiscent of when she used to be a country singer. This is definitely a more positive note compared to the last song. According to online sources, this song is dedicated to her "lover", Joe Alwyn.

The next track we have is The Man. This track is where Taylor Swift takes on the role of a male. She wonders if she would be perceived differently in the world if she was a man. She wonders if she would be in a different place, or wealthier if she was a male. This track also has a lot of electronic influences.

The Archer uses a light synth in the background, which also gives it an older, retro sound to the track. Taylor Swift uses the phrase, "I've been the archer, I've been the prey," during the chorus. This could reference love, and how you can either end the relationship, or you can be the one that is hurt by being dumped.

I Think He Knows is the next track off the album. At this point in the album, I realize that all of the songs on this album have been stylistically different from song to song. However, the first chorus is heavily acapella but changes once you get to the second chorus of the track. This track talks about all of the positive and happy emotions you might feel towards the beginning of a relationship. Taylor Swift also pays homage to Nashville, where she moved to when she was 14.

Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince slows the album down for a little bit. The song eventually speeds up towards the middle. According to online sources, this song can have a double meaning. It can reference a high school relationship, but it can also reference Taylor Swift's political values and views.

After that, we have Paper Rings. This track likely references her current boyfriend of three years, Joe Alwyn. This song basically talks about how much she loves her current boyfriend. She said she wouldn't care if they got married with paper rings. Her love matters more than what kind of rings they would wear for the rest of their life.

One of the longer tracks on the album is Cornelia Street. This song references an apartment she rented that was on Cornelia Street. She mentions several different things that happened when she lived on the street. She also rented this apartment when she first met Joe Alwyn.

Death By A Thousand Cuts is another track that changes up things. It starts out with an eerie-like "my" continuing for the first few seconds of the track. On this track, Taylor Swift could be talking about a relationship that slowly ended, and she isn't over it. She says that the break-up is very painful since it was "death" by several cuts.

London Boy is all about her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. Throughout the song, she gives several references to the United Kingdom, as well as tying in some American references. Even though they were born in different countries, they appreciate their differences and still love each other.

Soon You'll Get Better is about Taylor Swift's mother. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer a few years back but was re-diagnosed in 2019. This track also features the Dixie Chicks. This is a track that reminds me of Taylor Swift's original work when she first stepped into the music scene.

During False God, Taylor Swift uses a lot of religious references. The track uses a chopped-up saxophone soundbite that is used throughout the track, which adds a nice laid back vibe. She compares her love with her boyfriend to being something great and powerful.

You Need To Calm Down is a high energy track that shuts down other people who might not like Taylor Swift. On the internet, there are a lot of trolls and other people who just want to post rude things, especially to celebrities. This is an anthem to combat all of those people who oppose her or don't like her.

After that, we come to Afterglow. In this song, she continues to use the term "blue" which is used in several different tracks. At the beginning of the track, she admits that she blew the argument out of proportion. She is apologizing to her lover and is hoping for forgiveness. Sometimes arguments can be taken the wrong way and it shouldn't have been a huge issue.

The next track, ME! features Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco. This is an upbeat song that talks about being yourself. It also talks about loving yourself and having self-confidence. Taylor Swift wanted to spread some positivity to everyone with this track.

It's Nice To Have A Friend is one of the last tracks off of the album. It is nice to see a steel drum used on this track, which adds a dream-like element to the track. The track talks about two people who met at school and then eventually fall in love with each other.

The last track off the album and the longest track is Daylight. On this track, she reflects on her past relationships and mentions how she was unlucky by being with them. From her past relationships, she ended up learning a lot of new things from them. However, her new partner is better than anyone else she was ever with. The song grows with several horns coming in. It reminds me of a sunset with the perfect day.

What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know down in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: I Forgot That You Existed, Paper Rings, Death By A Thousand Cuts, Daylight

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