Taylor Swift puts the past behind on her new LP.
What a difference a couple of years makes. Taylor Swift shed her scaly skin and purged the venom from Reputation and started anew. Her latest release, Lover, takes shape in the form of airy ballads and whimsical rhymes that she co-created alongside frequent collaborator, Jack Antonoff. Hit maker Max Martin is noticeably absent.
The record’s inspiration is literally ripped from the pages of the singer’s diaries. Four different physical versions of the record feature various lyrics and notes from Swift throughout her decade-long career.
In her recent interview with Vogue, Swift described the album as a “love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.”
While the record is mostly viewed through the lens of romance, Swift warns that it’s not all lovey dovey. “The idea of something being romantic, it doesn’t have to be a happy song,” she told Time. “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.”
Lover produced four singles before its premiere, including “ME!,” “You Need To Calm Down,” “The Archer” and the album title track. Rumor has it “Cruel Summer” is the next release.