By Brianna Williams—News Editor
Taylor Swift’s new album—whether you love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less—is here, and it’s honestly surprising. With singles like “Me!” and “You Need to Calm Down” preceding the album, I was wary of what “Lover” would entail. In fact, those two songs combined with what I knew of her previous album, “Reputation,” prepared me for the worst. Upon listening, however, I was shocked in the best way possible. From lighthearted and fun songs like “I Forgot that You Existed” to the interestingly complex and political “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince,” the album has lots packed into it (15 songs in total, to be exact).
The first song that made me realize just how much I was enjoying the new album was its title track “Lover.” The love song is clearly romantic without seeming overly optimistic or cheesy and has a darker impression that makes it stand out. From there, “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince” is the next highlight on my list. The song takes you back to old Taylor vibes as she sings about high school dances and football games, but there’s something different that’s difficult to place at first. Some of the cutting lyrics were the first things that drew me in and made me question the real meaning of the song. Lyrics like “American stories burning before me” and “boys will be boys then where are the wise men” make it clear that the song has a greater story to tell than one of a high school girl and her boyfriend’s plans to run away—rather, Taylor metaphorically and cleverly reveals her thoughts on the country’s political climate.
Another thought-provoking song on the track comes in the form of “Cornelia Street.” The song describes the memories that accompany certain locations in our lives, and how sometimes those memories make it difficult to return to the places in which they occurred. If you’re hoping for more snarky Taylor, you’ll find plenty of sass in “I Forgot that You Existed” or “The Man,” both of which are incredibly catchy. “I Forgot that You Existed” is the perfect fun breakup song, while “The Man” packs lots of social commentary into a seemingly lighthearted song.
Really, there’s a song for everyone on “Lover,” and even the ones that may not speak to you have something to like about them. If you enjoyed “Me!” and “You Need to Calm Down,” that’s awesome! If not, however, don’t let them be the only pieces of evidence used to judge Taylor’s new album. I think the remainder of “Lover” speaks to Taylor Swift’s growth as both a person and an artist, and it is certainly worth a listen.