Album Review: Midnights

The Rolling Stones, Queen, Mariah Carey, all the greats in the world, and Taylor Swift has proven that she belongs in that league since 2006. But with this particular album, she showcased she can write like a genius and still deliver dancefloor essentials. The album, in particular, we’re talking about is Midnights. Let’s start from the beginning. On August 31st of 2022, she won the Video of the Year category at the MTV VMAs. While accepting the award, she announced her new album Midnights coming out in October. It was #1 trending on Twitter for multiple days, and fans were freaking out. Between the announcement and the actual album release, fans speculated on what genre the album would be, considering her last two albums were alternative/folk, something we would have never expected from Taylor. It turned out to be a pop album, which was a pleasant surprise from fans that she had returned to her pop roots. The album release broke Spotify in a matter of seconds and had the biggest streaming debut with over 184 million first-day streams on Spotify alone. The album also sold over 1.5 million copies in the first week alone, making it the first album to do so this decade. The top 10 on the Billboard charts were ALL songs on Midnights, something that never happened before. One artist occupying the whole top 10 never happened, but now Taylor did it.

        Onto the album. The first track is called “Lavender Haze”, it had a bedroom-pop and synthy production. The song was about gossip and rumors about her relationships, and it delivered one of her best openers to her albums. The lead single “Anti-Hero” is the third track, you might have heard of it before. She talks about her insecurities and how she feels like she’s the problem in her life, hence the lyrics in the chorus “It’s me, hi. I’m the problem, it’s me.” The song was a smash, heard on millions of car radios every day and everywhere. Ongoing, “Anti-Hero” has spent 8 non-consecutive weeks (6 consecutive weeks) at #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 but was blocked by “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey, and “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus. The album overall is such a pop masterpiece, and arguably the best album of 2022. Taylor Swift has won the Album of the Year Grammy award 3 times, and I have a feeling her 4th win is coming next year with Midnights. Each track has its own mood and essential vibe full of either dancing on your couch or crying in your bed, or crying while dancing. There isn’t a single song on Midnights that’s below A-tier, and it’s just a fact. I mean every single song on Midnights has its own enjoyment value, even if it may take a while for you to realize it. Taylor, many times, has proven that her music is much more than “writes about her ex-boyfriends”, but this album has gone to great lengths to prove that. After listening to Midnights for the 13,000th time this week, I can officially say that all of Taylor Swift’s albums need to be displayed in the Louvre.