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After months of singles, previews, and social media live sessions, Taylor Swift finally released her latest album, “Lover”. It’s her first record under her new label, Universal Music Group, and her seventh release overall. Just as she said, the album contains all sorts of love songs, but not all are romantic. 

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With a whopping 18-song tracklist, “Lover” is Swift’s most jam-packed record to date. Apart from her lead singles that have already become hits themselves—”ME!” “You Need to Calm Down,” and “Lover,”—Swift offers an abundance of bops and ballads that stay true to the album’s name. The opener, “I Forgot That You Existed,” for instance, is an upbeat track that still touches on her never-ending feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West. Some fans already think that such a song should have been in “Reputation”. But the track’s happy-go-lucky vibe and sweet sound make it a better fit for this release instead. 

As “Reputation” proved, Swift isn’t afraid to highlight controversies in her music. She went even further with her LGBTQ+ anthem (and cameo-filled music video) “You Need To Calm Down,” back in June. But with a newly-released track from the album, “The Man,” the pop star is now taking on sexism too. It’s a feminine feminist bop if there ever was one, with lyrics questioning that if she were a man, would the media (and society in general) treat her the same way. Here, she sings about how her litany of lovers and strategic career choices would be lauded if her sex was the opposite. She even name-dropped Leonardo Dicaprio in one of the verses. She also went extremely deep and personal in some songs as well. One in particular, “Soon You’ll Get Better,” talks about her mom’s second battle with cancer. Swift first revealed about her mother’s condition in her interview with Vogue magazine for their September issue. The singer also posed for the cover of the fashion bible’s iconic monthly issue. Featuring the Dixie Chicks, the track sounds more akin to the pop star’s country music origins. Banjos and fiddles largely make up the melodic structure of the piece, giving off a rustic, almost folk-like sound that bodes well with the extremely personal and somber lyrics. 

And finally, it wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift album without some numbers dedicated to her lover. She’s released singles about her current beau, British actor Joe Alwyn, before but in this record, she took it to a whole new level. Case in point: “London Boy”. Though she’s dated British men before—most famously Tom Hiddleston—the track was obviously written with Alwyn in her mind. The lyrics capture her own feelings for the young English lad, and how their relationship has influenced her to appreciate a different culture other than that of her own American traditions. “They say ‘home is where the heart is,’ But God I love the English!” she sings here. Taylor’ Swift’s “Lover” album is now available on streaming platforms Spotify and Apple Music. She also uploaded all her new tracks up on YouTube under her official channel. Share your reactions on Swift’s new record in our comments section below! 

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  1. Taylor Swift Featured Image – Billboard.com
  2. Pop star Taylor Swift – Just Jared.com
  3. Lover Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift’s Twitter Account