In the event you thought Taylor Swift was going to shake off the moody melancholy of “Folklore” and “Evermore” — the double dose of alluring alt-folkiness that she gave us in 2020 — assume once more.
“Midnights” — the pop famous person’s much-anticipated new album that, after arriving on the stroke of midnight on Friday, can be conserving Swifties up all night time — is designed for the quiet of the darkish. Certainly, Swift’s tenth album — which comes nearly precisely 10 years after she started to make her play for pop dominance with 2012’s “Purple” — is a far grayer shade of the 32-year-old singer-songwriter.
And with much more subtleties than you would possibly anticipate from the artist who a decade in the past was singing “We Are By no means Ever Getting Again Collectively,” it’s an album that sneaks up on you relatively than hitting you with the peppy punch that made her a pop powerhouse.
It’s a grower, not a bathe.
Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album, “Midnights,” arrived on Friday morning.
And absolutely solely an artist of Swift’s stature may anticipate her viewers to patiently look forward to the payoffs right here. Now it is sensible why she didn’t launch any singles from “Midnights” earlier than the LP. There’s nothing approaching the sort of slam-dunk singles that launched lots of her albums. And a few of it’s downright downbeat.
“Meet me at midnight,” she begins on the opener “Lavender Haze,” which pulses with electro.
However issues get darker on tracks such on “Maroon,” which finds Swift reflecting in regards to the “the lips I used to name house.”
Lana Del Rey seems on “Snow on the Seaside,” with its low-key magnificence, however you’ll be able to hear her affect all through the LP. In the meantime, there’s a Bon Iver-esque eeriness to “Midnight Rain.”
Taylor Swift can get downright downbeat on her new album “Midnights.”
“Midnights” positively will get somewhat too sleepy at occasions. However issues perk up some on “Karma,” one of many few immediately catchy cuts.
’Trigger karma is my boyfriend/Karma is a god,” Swift sings in regards to the sweetest sort of revenge.
And positively “Vigilante S—t” could have you questioning which one in every of her exes Swift is speaking about when she sings “Don’t get unhappy, get even.”