Midnights Album by Taylor Swift (Review)
Taylor Swift – Midnights (Album) Review. Taylor Swift is kept up at night despite having nine albums to her credit and a horde of new followers drawn in by the dark wilderness of her 2020 double-album release “folklore” and “evermore.”
Some motives strike a chord with many people, filling “Midnights” with ingrained insecurities and self-criticism.
Some of them are less so as she sings about potential daughters-in-law murdering her in her sleep for the fortune.
Taylor is unafraid to pull back from the realities of superstardom and living life in the spotlight, which shows that she is self-aware.
She complains about a lack of privacy in “Lavender Haze” by saying, “They’re bringing up my background.”
The irony that “Midnights” then so intricately depicts Taylor’s inner troubles is not overlooked.
The occasional clumsiness is an unusual critique given Taylor’s mastery of language. Although the line “strange but fucking gorgeous” used by Lana Del Rey to describe snow at the beach seems to lack some of her customary elegance, it rapidly comes to characterize the conversational tone of “Midnights.”
It’s possibly her most open release to date, fitting with the record’s concept of thirteen tales of specific restless nights.
The tremendous uneasiness Taylor has experienced in both happiness and despair is what ties the lost nights together.
The story is portrayed through a sound that falls between between the intimacy of her “folklore” phase and the pop production of “1989’s” softer moments.
The prints left by Jack Antonoff are clear to see. Taylor’s personal tales are layered with electronic drums by the producer, which drive some passages to subtle crescendos.
Particularly in the second half, the intensity increases as “Question…?” stops just short of full-on pop and “Vigilante Shit” returns Taylor to the R&B that gave rise to “reputation.”
Here, in “Midnights,” two very disparate characters—one who longs for and romanticizes company and another who embraces independence—are firmly established.
On “Bejewelled,” she declares, “I polish up pretty beautiful,” in a moment of rebellion, assurance, and self-acceptance.
It serves as the foundation for a song that depicts Taylor’s sadness and struggles with self-worth while also finding enough resonance in her spiraling nighttime recollections to captivate her audience.