Taylor Swift, for the past 13 years, has been a music sensation. She has evolved from a country-songwriter to a superstar pop icon. Her fifth album, 1989, marked this transition and it is not only her most successful album with great hits such as “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off”, but it considered her greatest. Her next album, Reputation, showed her more adult side as she had more mature and more adult songs.
For her seventh album, she continued to explore her more adult themes such as exploring relationship pain with “The Archer”, and “Death By a Thousand Cuts”. These songs show the pain that can result from heartbreak and relationships to friendships gone wrong.
However, there was a lot of variety with this album as she had beautiful love ballads such as “Lover”, catchy pop tunes that are nice throwbacks such as “Paper Rings”, “ME!”, and “I Think He Knows”. These songs are flashbacks to the more lighthearted jams of the albums Red, and 1989. Also, there were songs that were about society, such as “You Need to Calm Down”, where she called out those protesting against the LBGTQIA, and “The Man”, which calls out the gender roles of men and women.
Every song on this album is great except for “I Forgot You Existed”, which is a more folky song that does not work with her vocals. However, the rest of the album is a masterpiece with the catchy vocals of “You Need to Calm Down”, the throwback songs like “Paper Rings”, and somber but beautiful songs such as “The Archer”. This is her second-best album behind 1989.
Richest Tracks: “The Archer”, “Paper Rings”, “You Need to Calm Down”, “Daylight”
Worst Tracks: “London Boy”, “I Forgot You Existed”