Are you ready for it? Taylor Swift released her much anticipated seventh studio album “Lover,” on August 23, 2019. The album comes two years after the release of her sixth album “reputation.” It’s time that we put away the snakes and leather for some pastel colors and a heart over our eyes. “Lover” is here and it’s time to review it.
I promise that you’ll never find another like me
“Lover” is a pop album that is vastly different than her electro-pop ode to her “bad reputation” that we got when Taylor proclaimed the iconic line that “Old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now because she’s dead.” “reputation” was full of bangers and bops that rocked during her stadium tour for the album back in 2018. “Lover” is a more upbeat and happier and brighter album.
The common theme of the album is romance. The lyrics on the song are the typical Taylor Swift well-done lyrics and cover a wide range of topic under romance. Taylor stated in an Instagram Livestream on June 14, 2019, that “Lover” is ‘not just simply thematically, like it’s all love songs or something. The idea of something being romantic; it doesn’t have to be a happy song. You can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through things in your life… it just looks at those things through a romantic gaze.”The album relies heavily on synth-pop melodies. Like Taylor’s fifth studio album, “1989,” it makes up most of the songs on the album.
Because of this, it doesn’t create some of the songs sounding too similar to each other. During my listen, it sometimes felt like I’ve already heard this song before. The flow of the album is good, especially with an 18 song tracklist. I wish that they would have spread out “ME!” and “You Need to Calm Down” to help break up the sound a little more. There’s only one song in-between them. I’m glad they aren’t the first songs on the album.
Let’s talk about the snake on the album as Taylor removed a lyric from the album’s first single “ME!” After months of having the song overplayed, she removed the lyric “Hey Kids; spelling is fun!” from the album version. Doesn’t seem like a big deal but it honestly just sounds weird. Sure, the fans have a new thing to yell during the inevitable tour. It feels like something is missing when you listen to it. Was it essential to remove the lyrics? No. I’m hoping that the fans go “Hey bitches; spelling is fun!” That needs to be a thing.
“Lover” is a phenomenal album that is well-produced and well written. It just suffers from having songs sounding too similar and not being spaced out enough with songs that help break it up. “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince,” “Cruel Summer,” “Daylight,” “The Man,” and “You Need To Calm Down” are some of my personal favorites off this albums. I honestly wish it had more bangers like “reputation” had. But I did enjoy “Lover” and recommended it.