“Question…?” Have you listened to Taylor Swift’s sensational new album?


I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan for as long as I can remember. No matter what mood I’m in, I know Swift has a song to fit. She has blown me away with her ability to reinvent herself with every album, maintaining her relevance and keeping her audience on their toes. 

When I found out Swift would be releasing another album, “Midnights,” I was filled with anticipation. After months of waiting, the album was released on Oct. 21 and became Spotify’s biggest debut ever just 24 hours later, with over 184.6 million streams on the first day of release. Millions of fans, including myself, stayed up until midnight to listen to the album. To make the night even better, Swift released “Midnights (3 a.m Edition),” which had seven bonus tracks. 

Swift stated that the 13 tracks on her album are “the stories of 13 sleepless nights throughout [her] life.” Each one is original and beautifully written, following a different story that is relatable and immersive.

The album exceeded my expectations and I have been listening to it on repeat. Her music takes the listener on an emotional roller coaster, from upbeat love songs to darker themes of failed relationships, revenge and bittersweet nostalgia. 

The album opens up with “Lavender Haze,” an upbeat song that perfectly encompasses the feeling of being in love. This song is based on Swift’s relationship of six years, referencing how they have learned to ignore the rumors and tabloids in order to focus on what’s truly important — their love for each other. This song feels like a throwback to her previous album, “Lover” with its lighthearted lyrics and its lively beat.

Her album also features Lana Del Ray in “Snow On The Beach.” The song describes the beautiful and strange feeling of realizing that everything will be OK and you’ve found somebody who loves you in a way you could never imagine, when Swift sings “Stars by the pocketful/You wanting me, tonight/ Feels impossible.” 

Swift and Lana Del Ray are a musical match made in heaven. This is the most alluring song I’ve ever heard — the music is enchanting and the lyrics are written like a modern day fairy tale. Their voices complement each other in a haunting way that makes listeners feel as though they are listening to the song for the first time, even if it’s the hundredth time (because let’s face it, this song is so beautiful, it’ll be on repeat for weeks.)

My favorite on the album is “Midnight Rain.” The song describes abandoning a healthy relationship out of fear of settling. The opening lines of the song, “Rain, he wanted it comfortable/ I wanted that pain/ He wanted a bride/ I was making my own name/ Chasing that fame,” perfectly set the tone and created a unique ambiance. While it is unknown who Swift is singing about, the song is impactful and relatable to those who know what it’s like to put yourself first. 

The album closes with “Mastermind,” a song that reads like poetry with lyrics such as, “Cause we were born to be/ The pawn in every lover’s game/ If you fail to plan, you plan to fail/ Strategy sets the scene for the tale/ I’m the wind in our free-flowing sails.” Swift sings about purposely chasing a person you love, and deciding that you would do anything to be theirs. This song creates a flawless end to a beautiful album.

“Midnights” is Swift’s best album so far; her music is enchanting and the lyrics will haunt you long after the song has ended. Each song is unique and compliments the theme of the album, creating an ethereal ambience that will leave listeners searching for the true meanings behind every lyric. The album truly is a mystery waiting to be revealed.