Taylor Swift Lover Album Review 2019

Tay­lor Swift’s nev­er sound­ed more smit­ten than on Lover’

Review: The superstar’s seventh LP is a shimmering ode to long-term romance.

Rat­ing: 45

I once believed love would be burn­ing red, but it’s gold­en,” Tay­lor Swift croons on Day­light, the con­clu­sive track of her sev­enth album. The line sum­maris­es Tay­lor Swift’s head­space on Lover. No longer is love red – some­thing pas­sion­ate, but also full of hot, stress­ful inten­si­ty – it’s become a colour that radi­ates mag­ic and warmth. Like 1989 track Clean, Day­light wash­es away the past with a dreamy haze and reveals some­thing brighter: a lighter and more care­free Swift, who has accept­ed her mis­takes and her flaws and found some­one who does just the same. Like the rest of us, Swift has gone through hell to find love.

Fol­low­ing Swift’s explo­ration of sex­u­al­i­ty on her 2017 album Rep­u­ta­tion, Lover con­tin­ues to unrav­el the idea of phys­i­cal desire and how that inter­twines with falling in love. I think he knows / His hands around a cold glass / Make me wan­na know that / Body like it’s mine,” she sings on the sul­try I Think He Knows. And it’s impos­si­ble to ignore the eupho­ria that Swift’s romance with British actor Joe Alwyn cre­ates on the record. On the campy Lon­don Boy (which includes vocal cameos from Idris Elba and James Cor­den!) she ded­i­cates an entire song to UK cul­ture, the city that spurred her romance: You can find me in the pub, we are watch­ing rug­by,” while Cor­nelia Street– one of three songs Swift wrote her­self on the record – ref­er­ences the loca­tion where the cou­ple first met. And then there’s all the mar­riage ref­er­ences (“I like shiny things, but I’d mar­ry you with paper rings”, Church bells ring / Car­ry me home / Rice on the ground / Looks like snow.”) The thrill of fleet­ing romance that inspired records like 1989 has since been replaced with a dif­fer­ent kind of love.

Large­ly co-writ­ten and pro­duced with Jack Antonoff, Lover sees Swift backed by a bright, bold sound­scape of elec­tron­ics. Album high­light Cru­el Sum­mer, co-writ­ten by St. Vin­cent, is a hands-in-the-air sum­mer banger pow­ered by throb­bing synths and glossy pop production.

Still, Swift sneaks in the acoustic gui­tar sound of her ear­li­er days. On Soon You’ll Get Bet­ter, Swift strips every­thing back with a Dix­ie Chicks cho­rus, as she poignant­ly recalls the painful points of her mom’s can­cer bat­tle, while Lover is rem­i­nis­cent of the pen­sive alter­na­tive rock band Mazzy Star.

Tay­lor Swift’s tra­jec­to­ry as an artist has tak­en unpre­dictable routes and her per­son­al life has long been the fuel for relent­less online gos­sip and spec­u­la­tion. But on Lover, it feels like she’s hap­py to shame­less­ly embrace the eupho­ria of her own fairytale. 

Taylor Swift Lover Album Review 2019

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