Taylor Swift tells heartfelt tales of love on “Lover”
Two years after the release of â€śreputation,â€ť country-turned-pop singer Taylor Swift released her seventh studio album, â€śLover,â€ť Friday, Aug. 23. The album, comprised of 18 tracks, shares stories of inspiration and tales of love.
Contrasting the darker aesthetics and tone of â€śreputation,â€ť â€śLoverâ€ť features bright, upbeat vocals as demonstrated in the lead single â€śMe!â€ť The song features Panic! At the Disco singer, Brendon Urie, and is characterized as a bubblegum pop song due to its fast paced tempo and cheerful lyrics. The song introduces an overall feeling of lightness and joy and expresses the importance of understanding self-love and individuality.
However, Swift contrasts the bubbly tone of â€śMe!â€ť with â€śThe Archer,â€ť a soft ballad backed by synthesizers to accentuate a slow, dreamlike beat. The song is extremely confessional and introspective as it touches on topics such as self-reflection and dealing with insecurities in a relationship. The main focus is drawn to her voice rather than the melody that accompanies it, which develops the personal undertone that the lyrics illustrate.
Swift additionally discusses how the media is often overly critical of successful women in track four, titled â€śThe Man.â€ť Straying away from the topic of love, â€śThe Manâ€ť is written in the perspective of Swift if she were a man, as she contrasts how she would be viewed for her talent rather than superficial things such as her clothes. As she passionately sings the lyrics, her vocals are complemented with bright beats from synthesizers.
â€śSoon Youâ€™ll Get Betterâ€ť is a moving, acoustic piece written about Swiftâ€™s parents who were both diagnosed with cancer. Although many of the songs on â€śLoverâ€ť are more lively with a heavier synth background, â€śSoon Youâ€™ll Get Betterâ€ť is simply accompanied by banjo, guitar and fiddle. Featuring the Dixie Chicks, the song is sung in a country tone that captures a sense of vulnerability and sorrow. As Swift takes several deep breaths throughout the track, the song portrays the strong heartache that people feel during difficult times.
With â€śLover,â€ť Swift combines a variety of topics into one album and fully encapsulates the emotions people face during different situations in life.
By Sarah Lew,Â News editor
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