In her best album since Red, Swift makes a case for her own maturity, and music “defined by the things that I love.”
Reputation,which saw Swift trying on a dark persona that never completely gelled.Lover’s cohesion, levity, and considered sonic choices tie together a lot of the best impulses in recent pop, in a way that feels like a road map for the genre’s survival if anyone wants to follow Swift’s lead.
Here, she’s adapting to that new pop landscape enthusiastically. Most of the music that established her as a bona fide pop artist, from “I Knew You Were Trouble” toReputation,was produced byMax Martin,who took the existing structures of her songs and augmented them with the bombast he made his name on. Martin is nowhere to be found on
Lover,and it productively pushes her out of her comfort zone. Now signed to Republic Records, she’s dipped into their deep well of talent in interesting ways.Louis BellandFrank Dukeshave become pretty ubiquitous in the intersection of pop and glitchy, sleepy R&B, including their work with
Post Malone,another marquee Republic artist. Their contributions to the album see Swift experimenting. On “It’s Nice to Have a Friend,” it’s a bit of syncopation that adds lift to her delicate lilts. On album opener “I Forgot That You Existed,” it’s buzzy percussion and auto-tuned vocal acrobatics that give shape to her subtle performance.
There’s alsoJack Antonoff,a frequent collaborator with Swift, who brings his impulse toward a mix of drone and variety, and it melds well with her songwriting hallmark, repetition and playing with inflection. The 11 songs they worked on together anchor the album, and see Swift embracing some of the more fun tropes of ’90s dance music, like the downbeat track “False God,” which marries an electronic skitter with a keening saxophone. Antonoff has an unusually light touch here. On the title track, his contributions are only on the edges—some strings, a sonorous, swung bass line, some vocal effects—giving one of Swift’s most beautiful songs given a timeless sheen. It’s the first Swift song that would be completely at home at a wedding for more than weird nostalgic reasons.
She’s one of the best pop lyricists our era has produced, and the album abounds with couplets and fun internal rhymes that prove it. She elevates a common pop sentiment in the bridge of “I Forgot That You Existed”: “Sent me a clear message / Taught me some hard lessons / I just forgot what they were / It’s all just a blur.” Capturing frank sentiments in simplistic language is always dicey, and the only time the album truly stumbles is in the most obvious ode to Alwyn, “London Boy,” which is an unfortunate waste of
Mark Anthony Spears,the songwriter and producer also known as Sounwave who brought seriousness and depth to much ofKendrick Lamar’s work. (Meanwhile, music critics of America will be happy to hear that the much-maligned “Hey, kids, spelling is fun!” refrain of “ME!” did not make it to the album version.)
AdvertisementAs a start-to-finish dive into Swift’s world,Loveris her best effort sinceRed,the album that transitioned her from teen phenom to grown-up superstar. “Old Town Road” is no longer at the top of the charts, but it’s still a tough climate for pop, and
Loverprobably won’t score as many top 10 hits as its smash predecessors. But Swift is still forging a strong path for herself, and the record might even be a thesis statement for what pop music ought to be. “I wanna be defined by the things that I love / Not the things I hate,” she says at the end of the closing track, “Daylight.” “Not the things that I’m afraid of / the things that haunt me in the middle of night / I just think that you are what you love.” In an era where so much feels terrible, it’s nice to have a cultural figure who can say that, mean it, and continue to hope that you’ll agree with her.Read more: VANITY FAIR »
periodt Lies Rep sweetie I am soo sorry How is pop music not surviving? tswiftie850 I’m not gonna let you disrespect 1989 like that. Lover 😍😍😍 Why you have to say Since Red? Oh yeah pre-Red Taylor was unbeatable 😂 period EVERY TAYLOR SWIFT'S ALBUM IS A MASTERPIECE portiadiazTX Pop music sucks anymore,all it is,is mad women male bashing, and complaining about the boyfriend, so they moved on,to the next guy,who is probably about boyfriend 45
They say this about every album. 1989 yep Whoa now, get it straight, it’s the amalgamation of Her entire collection, Spirit of Evolution People. CareerContent 1989 1989 1989 beg to differ they’re 2 of my favorites but are you forgetting rep and 1989?!?!?! 1989 still sits on that throne 👑 Reputation sweetie I’m so sorry
I actually love reputation... 1989 says hey Periyaaatt alvesnaocabral fumou? Is much better 1989!!! No love for Speak Now? these are easily her two worst albums... correction: it’s her best album since 1989 PERIOD old amor YES Better than “1989,” which has more great songs than most artists achieve in a career? This I’ve got to hear.
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this is 1989 slander 🤬 SPILL IT VANITY LEGEND come give it a 90 score already DELUSION taylorswift13 Lover of Fans! reputation * thearcherslut 1989 legend Reputation sweetie Reputation says hi . TSUpdatesNYBU You people don’t deserve reputation. The disrespect people who saying 1989 are cupcakes and locals BYE
Who said that when 1989 exists? well honestly yes TEA um? 1989 ptswifty131 yes Lover 1989 no tears.
Scooter Braun Praises Taylor Swift’s New Album ‘Lover’ Following FeudBraun recently made headlines for purchasing Swift’s masters — a move the singer was very upset about. Good luck with that. She's not here for it. NEXT!. And I just took a dump. Put that on your show. only because she said she's going to rerecord her music. Making the millions he spent worthless!!!
Fans Think Taylor Swift May Have Revealed She Married Joe Alwyn on Her 'Lover' Album'I think Taylor Swift is secretly married, thank you for coming to my ted talk Lover AtMidnight' What if? MAYBE!!! They are madly inlove!!!! I admire her relationship with Joe now!!!! Very private! I can feel its not promo, it won't be messy they are both matured now or whatsoever... Its REAL LOVE! GENUINE AND TRUE! ❤ LoverOutNow Lover
Taylor Swift's new album Lover features song about her mum's cancer battleIn the track Soon You’ll Get Better Taylor, 29, sings about the fear of losing her mum to the disease
A Gratuitous Analysis of Taylor Swift's Just-Released Lover Album TracklistA Gratuitous Analysis of Taylor Swift 's Just-Released Lover Album Tracklist She is getting more and more beautiful! I wish Scarlett Johansson would cover them ASAP 💩 It’s interesting that the article says “False God” could be about Donald Trump. Trump recently said he was The Chosen One, so the comparison is not that far fetched.