Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” Album Had Us Up Way Past Midnight


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In our opinion, Midnights—the newest album from Taylor Swift—is a perfect album. She first announced this while accepting her Video of the Year award at the 2022 VMAs. Taylor  introduced it by explaining how every song is a story of a sleepless night throughout her life. She created a series via Instagram Reels and through TikTok called “Midnights Mayhem with Me,” and revealed the track titles on the nights leading up to the release of the album.

Swift had announced beforehand that there would be another chaotic announcement three hours after the album release at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Fans speculated that she would drop another album or a new rerecording, maybe even a book or movie, but Taylor released a surprise new version of the album titled, Midnights (the 3 am edition) with seven more songs, of a slower, more relaxed quality. 

There’s nothing better than music that is not only rich with amazing vocals and production but also good storytelling. For example, “Lavender Haze”, the first song on the album, is about how she has had to hide her relationship with her ex Joe Alywn from the press.

Taylor Swift is famous for her love songs, as well as her breakup songs. Her newer songs are still about love, but they have been more focused on herself and how she lives her life. These songs are right on brand, with her familiar mix of country and pop. 

Once again, the first track: Lavender Haze, is more electronic than her others historically. It is about young love and the feeling that comes along with it. “lavender haze” is an old 1950s phrase about beautiful feelings of love and the tricks that they play. 

With the fourth track, Swifties across the globe were ecstatic when Swift announced that Lana Del Rey would be featured on the song titled “Snow on the Beach.” However, she really only provided backing vocals, and it was a little disappointing since everyone had such great expectations for these two major artists to collaborate. Her vocals were excellent, and added great depth to the song about unnatural love; it just would have been nice to hear more solo time. All in all, listening to Midnights made our Friday night an emotional roller coaster. The raw emotion and language provided made the album one of Taylor’s best. For those who loved 1989, Lover, and Folklore albums, this album is absolutely worth a listen.