Blondie has done it again. For those living under a rock, Taylor Swift’s latest studio album, “Midnights,” was released last week. In this album, Swift strays away from the folk sound from her previous original albums “Folklore” and “Evermore,” both released in 2020.

However, Swift stays true to her strong songwriting abilities, with lyrics that discuss self-loathing and seemingly deeper reflections of Swift’s relationships, past and struggles with self-identity.

I think this album is probably one of her more personal ones. I know that a common tired Swift talking point is that her songs are all about relationships, and while this is not necessarily incorrect, I think “Midnights” is more about identity and self- image.

I also think this album does a great job of ordering where tonally similar songs are grouped together. Something I’ve noticed with previous Swift albums is that some of the songs aren’t grouped together in the best way, or some songs that sound like closers are in the middle of the album (i.e. the messy ordering of the last few tracks of “Reputation” and “Evermore”). I think it’s this detail that makes “Midnights” a great album.

I’ve also seen a great deal of comparing this album to her previous albums “1989” and “Reputation,” however I think it’s fair to not say these albums are the lovechild of any of her albums. Rather, I think this album stands alone, much like how “Folklore” is more of a concept album about a relationship.

I’m also cautiously optimistic about the visual album idea. Swift’s music videos are always hit or miss, with the “Anti-Hero” music video already being kind of mediocre. I’m also not sure how she plans on confronting some of the ideas in her songs visually.

My personal favorite song on the album is “Question…?” The song left me with just that, questions. It’s a beautiful song that poses questions to seemingly an ex-lover, and it includes my favorite Swift trope — vaguely queer-coded lyrics. Overall, I think the album is great. I’m glad she stuck to her lyrical genius and softer sound. “Midnights,” while not perfect, offers a more mature, self- reflective and self-loathing that is more relatable to her more mature and older audience.

Tom Benoit can be contacted at
tbenoit@kscequinox.com

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