Swift’s “Lover” can’t help but glimmer

Taylor Swifts latest album, Lover, sold debuted at number one and sold 450,000 copies on its first day.

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Taylor Swift’s latest album, Lover, sold debuted at number one and sold 450,000 copies on its first day.

Kavya Nuthulapaty, Scribe Reporter

The world, seemingly, cannot get enough Taylor Swift. She is everywhere. Now, Swift’s 7th studio album, Lover, ranges from warm comfort to political issues. After debuting No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 867,000 sales, Swift becomes the first female artist to debut 6 different albums selling over 500,000 copies in a single week.

This album, being the first one Swift will own, has a loving and accepting tone to it, a full 180 from her last album, reputation. From the title track, “Lover,” to the pride anthem, “You Need To Calm Down,” there is something for everyone. 

All of Swift’s songs are true to who she is since she either writes or co writes every one of her songs. Vulnerability has been a touchy subject for her, but in this album, she welcomes it with open arms. “I Forgot that You Existed,” the opener of Lover, is about when you finally let go and put space between your bad days and the present. This is a great sentiment to start off the album after reputation where she dove into the world of anxiety and resentment.

Covering a wide range of topics and emotions, Lover gives us a complex insight into Swift’s personal life, exploring the ups and downs of a woman all too often held to public scrutiny.  In track 3, Lover, Swift plays with wedding sounds to give us a sweet and gentle vow to a loved one. In “The Man,” Swift speaks up on how women these days are often pushed back despite making as great of accomplishments as men. Singing, “Wondering if I’d get there quicker / If I was a man,” highlights that women have to work twice as hard to receive close to the praise a man would get in that situation. 

In the second half of the album, Swift shows her eclectic sonic style in “Paper Rings,” which features a funky 80’s vibe. Talking about all her past mistakes leading her to her one true love, Swift implies that she values this relationship more than anything that will shine. “Soon You’ll Get Better” is the perfect ballad for Swift’s mother who continues to battle cancer. The feature of the Dixie Chicks gives it a real home comfort feel, as Swift started in the music industry as a country singer/songwriter. The pride anthem, “You Need to Calm Down,” shows Swift’s support of the LGBTQ+ community with many cameos in the music video including Todrick Hall, Ellen DeGeneres, Haley Kiyoko and many more.  Closing the album with “Daylight,” Swift sings, “Step into the daylight and let it go.”

Taylor Swift is finally ready to let go of all the baggage she has carried from her past. She is a woman in love, with her boyfriend, with her mom, and with the woman that she became. 

There are still plenty of people who will never fully appreciate Swift’s work, but that doesn’t seem matter to her anymore. Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift continues to prove her ability to grow and adapt as an artist. It’ll be interesting to see where her career goes from here. 

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