Why Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ May Be Her Favorite Album: ‘Feels Like A New Beginning’
Taylor Swift has some high praise for her upcoming new album, Lover, and it can’t come out soon enough. In a new interview with Vogue magazine, for which she also serves as cover model, Swift reveals the reason that Lover might be her favorite album.
How Swift created her new album
Swift is no stranger to weathering storms and pouring herself into her music, as evidenced by failed relationships that resulted in hit songs or her feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West that required her to pour herself into music to heal.
With her new album Lover, Swift is going all-in on the topic of love, which fans can only assume has everything to do with her relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, who she’s been dating for almost three years.
She told Vogue that the album, coming out on August 23, will have 18 songs, explaining, “I was compiling ideas for a very long time. When I started writing, I couldn’t stop.”
It might be her favorite album
Swift obviously has many songs and albums to be proud of, but this one is definitely a favorite, as she shared: “There are so many ways in which this album feels like a new beginning,” adding, “This album is really a love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.”
So far, fans have heard two songs off the album and are already digging the sound. One is called “ME!,” a celebration of individuality that she announced with a butterfly mural in Nashville and followed with a colorful music video. The second is “You Need to Calm Down,” as she explained in the interview: “The first verse is about trolls and cancel culture,” while “the second verse is about homophobes and the people picketing outside our concerts. The third verse is about successful women being pitted against each other.”
She teases more songs from the album
Of course, those first two songs gave fans just a taste and Swift teased a couple more that will be on the album. She played the title track, “Lover,” for the interviewer, explaining, “This has one of my favorite bridges. I love a bridge, and I was really able to go to Bridge City.”
The interviewer describes it as “a romantic, haunting, waltzy, singer-songwritery nugget: classic Swift,” with lyrics that include “My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue… All’s well that ends well to end up with you.”
The second track Swift said “plays with the idea of perception.” She explained her curiosity over how she would be perceived if she was a man, “so I wrote a song called ‘The Man.’” She explained, “If I had made all the same choices, all the same mistakes, all the same accomplishments, how would it read?” The lyrics include: “I’d be a fearless leader. I’d be an alpha type. When everyone believes ya: What’s that like?”
Swift’s fans will get to hear the album before it drops in her “secret sessions” tradition. The singer noted that her listening party, in which she invites hundreds of fans to her homes for an album preview isn’t going away, sharing, “They’ve never given me a reason to stop doing it. Not a single one.”