Album Review: “Lover” Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s 7th studio album “Lover,” was released during August of 2019, much to the delight of many. It has quickly become one of my favorite bodies of work of all time, and not for the reason you might think. While the track list is admittedly messy, and can be perceived as childish at times, this album holds a very special place in my heart. It came out the summer before my freshman year of high school, and became the soundtrack to one of the most enjoyable times of my life. I associate it with some amazing memories I have made over the years, and just happens to include some of her best songwriting efforts. The title track is one of the most romantic pieces of music I have heard in a very long time, capturing the mundane attributes of a relationship, in a thrilling way.  And with tracks like “Cornelia Street” and “Death By A Thousand Cuts”, which have been widely regarded as containing some of her best lyrics, it shows us how we can still experience different types of heartbreak, even while in a happy relationship. And with the show stopping track 2 “Cruel Summer”, she shows us that she still has a knack for writing upbeat pop anthems. But the stand out track to me has to be “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince ”. With a carefully woven story of a run away homecoming queen, representing simultaneously her previous relationships, and the current state of American politics, it has my favorite sound production of any song on the album, and perfectly captures the idea of our twisted democracy. “London Boy” provides a fun track to lighten the mood from  other, much more depressing songs, like the extremely heartfelt and somber, “Soon You’ll Get Better”. And while I refuse to defend the Sesame Street reject song “Me!”. The closing track “Daylight” is(pun intended) a ray of sunlight to close the album. The final line of the song is one of my favorite quotes, “I want to be defined by the things I love” which is almost, dare I say, a perfect way to close an album about the very idea of love.