A List of the Best Songs From Taylor Swift’s Album ‘Lover’
Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover, has been out for a little less than a week. The album earned positive reviews from critics and fans alike. To be honest, there is not a bad song on the album. However, these are the standout songs from Swift’s album, Lover.
‘Lover’ is the perfect wedding dance song by Taylor Swift
Swift released the title track for Lover before she released the album. The ballad was single-handedly written by Swift. The track is vulnerable and honest, but still has a laid-back aesthetic. The lyrics sound as if they were taken from deeply personal wedding vows, and set to music “Lover” is the perfect song for a couple’s first dance.
“… its attention to detail and confidently expressed emotion recalls some of the early highlights of Swift’s career,” wrote Jason Lipshutz from Billboard.
‘It’s Nice to Have a Friend’ is a unique song on ‘Lover’
While “It’s Nice to Have a Friend” might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is one of Swift’s most unique songs to date. It’s the shortest song on the album, but its captivating lyrics make up for it. The song also uses a sample from The Regent Park School of Music in the background. Using the sample helps give back to the youth education program in Toronto.
‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ is the most heartbreaking song on Taylor Swift’s album ‘Lover’
In “Soon You’ll Get Better,” Swift returns to her country music roots and collaborates with the Dixie Chicks. The ballad details Swift watching her mom battle cancer. The song is so sad, Swift does not know if she will ever be able to perform it live.
“We as a family decided to put this on the album,” Swift said. “It’s something I’m so proud of, but it’s just really hard. I can’t sing it. It’s hard to just emotionally deal with that song.”
The lyrics of ‘The Man’ and ‘Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince’ take on social commentary
Swift’s song “You Need to Calm Down” is a blatant support of the LGBTQ community and political anthem. “The Man” and “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince” are more subdued. “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince” masterfully turns irony into a protest song. “The Man” points out the double standards women deal with in society and how life would treat them differently if they were men.
“If a man hears that song and feels uncomfortable, that means he’s probably not the greatest feminist,” Swift said.
‘Death By a Thousand Cuts’ was inspired by a movie Taylor Swift watched
Swift wrote “Death By a Thousand Cuts” after watching the Netflix film, Someone Great. The lyrics are up to the normal Swift standard, but the song somehow sounds like nothing Swift has ever released before. It’s as if she took past break-up songs and elevated them.
“Swift sounds defeated as voices echo, bits of production whir around her and she shrugs during this aching breakup song… although there is a notable level of maturity — even jadedness…” wrote Lipshutz.
‘False God’ and ‘Cruel Summer’ are the true masterpieces of Taylor Swift’s album ‘Lover’
While every Swift fan is almost guaranteed to have a different favorite song, “Cruel Summer” and “False God” are standout tracks. Swift is known for her work in country and pop, but “False God” is an R&B track. It’s a new genre for Swift, but you would never be able to tell. The song features a saxophone and takes on a slow and sultry beat.
Swift co-wrote “Cruel Summer” with Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent. The song represents Swift at her best. “Cruel Summer” is angsty, dreamy, edgy, and hopeful all at once. While “Daylight” is the perfect ending song and encapsulates the overall mood, “Cruel Summer” is the quintessential song from Lover.