Album Review: Lover


Yeary writes about Taylor Swift’s sonic and lyrical evolution as an artist.

Sembree Yeary, Staff Writer

On August 23rd, Taylor Swift released her highly anticipated album, Lover. Taylor Swift broke records with “Lover” prior to its release; it trended on multiple platforms and achieved the record for the most amounts of pre-adds on Apple Music.

After she hosted a YouTube Live event, Taylor Swift unveiled her new music video for the title track and showcased her new clothing line with Stella McCartney.

Taylor Swift’s new music took a complete turn from her previous album, “Reputation,” an era of addressing rumors and speculation of her own reputation the Lover era became a bright and happy album celebrating love. When asked about the new album, Swift described the album as “a love letter to love.”

Lover is the longest album released by Swift and the first to be self-owned. With 18 songs, she touches on every emotion and music taste. From pop anthems to heartfelt songs about her personal experiences, we saw every part of Taylor Swift we love. The album surpassed “A Star Is Born” as the highest-selling album of 2019 in two days.

Taylor Swift returns to the music scene with standout songwriting to fully show her newfound sense of love with “Lover,” “I Think He Knows,” “Paper Rings,” “Cornelia Street” and “London Boy.” Each song tells a story of her relationship and clearly portrays the theme of this album.

Lover also offers some upbeat songs including “I Forgot That You Existed,“Cruel Summer,” “You Need To Calm Down” and “ME!” By producing a longer album, Swift left plenty of room to experiment with every sound on this new album and brought something to the table for every music taste.

On this album, Swift included “Soon You’ll Get Better,” a song about her mother’s long battle with cancer. This song conveys a raw and sincere emotion and portrays the exact feeling anyone with a family member going through cancer can understand. Swift’s ability to describe someone’s feelings shows her evolution as a songstress. To add to the sincerity of the song, Swift also opted to have The Dixie Chicks featured on this track, as a nod to her mother’s favorite band.

Aside from The Dixie Chicks feature and a collaboration line with Stella McCartney, Swift also launched the new era with the single, “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. This song perfectly captured the transition from Reputation to the new era.

Standout tracks on Lover include “Lover,” “Paper Rings” and “Soon You’ll Get Better.” Overall, the album brought us a new version of Taylor Swift we haven’t seen before. Some people have said the old Taylor is back, but I feel this isn’t the “old” Taylor or even a completely new one either. This Taylor evolved, came full circle, offered us every step of her life and every emotion she felt. This Taylor has become stronger and more confident than she’s ever shown, and Lover clearly portrays it.

10/10 would recommend.