After months of excitement and build up, the day is here. Taylor Swift releases the full length album known as ‘Lover.’ A sense of excitement that’s really been going on since April, the month in which Taylor put out the first single on this highly anticipated (and talked of… scrutinized… judged… inspected for clues… [basically you fill in the blank]) seventh studio album. Friday, the 23rd of August marks the premiere that gives us the Sounds of the Lover album!
Taylor has already been speaking publicly on the eve of her album release, sharing thoughts on her favorite songs, what some of them mean to her, and of course, she dropped the colorful music video for the title track. A video she appears to draw inspiration from a through previous lyric (‘And so it goes, you two are dancing in a snow globe round and round…”).
Up until now, we’ve already heard four of the tracks from her now-released 18-track album list. Of those four, I have personal favorites, and some thoughts on what I’ve heard (the most of) from Lover.
As I spoke to in prior Taylor Swift blog posts, I’m sad that she’s caving to the pressure that she become “political.” Unless you haven’t been paying attention to her music or platform, we already know what Taylor’s political stand is, and how she feels about hot-topic issues. Her music is also very grown up, which I don’t take much issue with given she has grown up. That said, I’m still enjoying what she’s released so far.
I’m also 100% okay to admit that yes tonight is a late night of blogging since I’m waiting on the full album drop.
My reason? This, of course! I’m typing away on this post to share my “first impression” thoughts on the other 14 tracks that comprises Lover, an album Taylor described as a “heart shaped album.” Because one has to wait up for the midnight release, right?
Of the first four I’ve heard (and let’s be real, listened to on repeat after repeat), ‘The Archer’ or ‘Lover’ is my favorite. They’re healing and dreamy, vulnerable and emotionally sweet. For me, ‘ME!’ is another favorite in a much different way. Bad rap or not, I like that it’s a lighthearted, playful song, and as Taylor says, it’s purposefully written to be so.
Without further ado, here are some of my thoughts, some of which will likely change.
Sounds of the Lover Album: The Songs
1: I Forgot That You Existed | This first track is definitely a flirty, sassy track to begin TS7.
2: Cruel Summer
3: Lover | Beautiful and romantic, this does seem to sum up the overall theme of TS7. (As others point out, there also does seem to be a slight glimpse of the ‘Red’ era Taylor in its tone.)
Have I known you twenty seconds or twenty years?
– Taylor Swift, Lover
4: The Man | Not my kind of song, but again, that’s likely because it’s more of a political song.
5: The Archer | Vulnerable, healing with plenty of truth in its lyrics, this one is a solid addition.
6: I Think He Knows | Not a favorite, but the “snaps” in the opening adds lots of fun.
7: Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince | Another non-instant favorite, but it’s certainly a very story-driven lyrical piece.
8: Paper Rings | Like so many of the songs, this one is super pop-y! In many ways, on my first listen, many songs sound similar. (But… I think I kinda love the “bop” of this one.)
9: Cornelia Street | Lyrically, this one is like a bittersweet story.
10: Death by a Thousand Cuts
11: London Boy | Really pretty cute…
12: Soon You’ll Get Better | Haven’t listened to this one as yet, but in Taylor’s words it’s a “patchwork quilt of emotions” that sounds as if it’s a very personal song to her family since they made the decision together to put it on this album. I can guess what it’s about, and she also says it’s one of the songs she’s most proud of.
13: False God
14: You Need to Calm Down | Again, not a favorite. I do like that it’s so cheery, but it’s all a little “too much” for me.
16: ME! | This one has a similar vibe as YNTCD, and while I don’t think it’d ever be in my top ten of Taylor Swift favorites, it IS a fun song when you view it through the spectrum its meant to be.
17: It’s Nice to Have a Friend | Again, another one that’s sweet; it’s like a wall of memories.
18: Daylight | According to Taylor, this was going to be the album title for quite a while until she wrote and recorded Lover.
There we go! A brief “first impression” wrap up on some of the 18 tracks on Taylor’s new ‘Lover’ album. As is always the case with a TSwift release, I suspect even those I like at first listen will grow on me with each repeat, and oftentimes, those I don’t immediately peg as a favorite grow in time too. That’s just how an album by this veteran artist and I seem to get along.
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But now I’m curious about you! Which of these songs do you like best? Do you have a standout favorite from these new songs? Do you like one she put out prior to the full album? What about the new video? Or that thing she addressees about re-recording old albums!? Comment down below with all of those thoughts!
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