Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album took the music world by storm following its release on August 23. In just 18 songs, Swift covers a multitude of topics that are sure to attract all walks of life to her music. From political anthems to emotion packed love songs, Swift beautifully captures numerous angles of life from the perspective of a 29-year-old female in today’s world.
“I Forgot That You Existed” is the beginning of the new chapter of Swift’s life. This song serves as a playful goodbye to her angst, reputation era self.
Two songs later Swift sings a ballad about her British boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, in the title track “Lover.” The melody was written to incorporate instruments that gave the song a 70’s wedding song feel to it. The bridge featured halfway through the tune sounds more like wedding vows than lyrics. After listening to the three minute and 41-second track, it’s clear that Swift is completely enamored with Alwyn.
The next notable track is “The Man,” Swift writes about how she would be perceived if she were a man, adding lyrics that take digs at her reputation for being a serial dater.
A classic Taylor Swift tear-jerker comes in the form of “Soon You’ll Get Better featuring (Dixie Chicks.)” Swift wrote this track about her mother’s battle with cancer, and Swift’s battle with the possibility of losing her closest friend. The Dixie Chicks were incorporated into the song, as they are Swift’s mom’s favorite artist, and can be heard singing in the background with Swift. “Soon You’ll Get Better” is definitely the saddest song on Lover, or maybe even on any Taylor Swift album. The lyrics and Swift’s shaky, emotional voice truly make you feel the anxiety she feels on a daily basis.
Finally, Daylight closes out Swift’s longest album yet, with a hopeful love song. Swift ends the album with a recording of herself talking about how important it is to be defined by the things you love. As the Reputation Era began with Swift being recorded against her knowledge, the Lover era ends with a recording of Swift reclaiming her narrative.
Swift’s success with Lover is evident not only from her tremendous sales, but also from the praise she receives for her talent of writing songs that relate to millions of people all over the globe.