[Review] Taylor Swift shines as she returns to pop in ‘Midnights’

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Taylor Swift’s latest album was released last Thursday night.

Taylor Swift dropped her 10th studio album, “Midnights,” after many sleepless nights of build up and hint dropping over the last couple months.

I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting on Taylor’s 10th album, but like any other Swiftie, I was ecstatic. I stayed up until midnight, technically 11 p.m. CST, and listened to the album the second it came out. I love Taylor Swift’s pop albums, and this did not disappoint.

It all started at MTV’s Video Music Awards in August. She won the award of the night, Video of the Year for the “All Too Well: The Short Film. She announced then that she’d be releasing a new album Oct. 21 and told her fans she would tell them more “at midnight.” At midnight, she released the name and number of tracks on the album. She said the album was about 13 sleepless nights throughout her life.

Finally, we got the album, which she added seven surprise tracks to when she released the 3 a.m. version, along with one bonus track on the special edition Target CD

There’s a lot of cultural relevance laced in this album. It’s so cohesive and different from her other projects. There was no lead single and it’s a visual album as well. It reminds me a lot of “1989,” but older and more mature. Taylor Swift’s 10th album wasn’t going to be like any other album she’s ever put out. It’s nothing like her alternative albums “Folklore” or “Evermore.” She returns to the pop genre after three years. You can tell how much she’s grown since her past pop albums. The songs on “Midnights” are all stories from her life. This might be her most important album she’s put out so far.

The album starts off with “Lavender Haze.” It’s a cute love song that reminds me of her 2019 album “Lover.” I think it’s a great opener for an album like this. It fits the vibe of the album and works really well as the first track.

The third track, “Anti-Hero,” had a music video drop the same day as the album. The song is great on its own, but I think the music video makes me appreciate it a lot more. Her music videos are always so creative and fun to watch, and this one is no different. 

Snow On The Beach” was the track I was the most excited to listen to because it’s featuring Lana Del Rey. However, I was kind of let down because she doesn’t have a verse. She’s really just background vocals. But the song itself is definitely in my top five. It’s a beautiful song with a lot of soul. 

I believe that any Swiftie would appreciate this entire album because of its deeper meanings and visuals that are still to be released. But I do think that anyone who listens to the album and watches the music videos could fall in love with the album as much as I have. Personally, I can’t even come up with a favorite song because I enjoy every single song with no skips.