By Katie Smith, A&E Editor
My biggest idol throughout my childhood was the one, the only, America’s sweetheart, “Teardrops on my Guitar” star, Taylor Swift. She was everything I aspired to be, beautiful, talented, and quirky.
But when I heard her album “Reputation” drop, it wasn’t love, it wasn’t hate, it’s just indifference. I felt like everything I knew about Taylor was completely destroyed. I couldn’t exactly relate to her music, I didn’t care for the lyrics, and I just kind of let her go. Her dropping the “Reputation” album was like when Britney Spears shaved her head. And then something happened one magical night in August, Taylor Swift dropped her “Lover” album.
And let me tell you, it was love all over again. She’s got my heartbeat skipping down 16th avenue. What I love so much about “Lover” is that her music is once again relatable. There are so many elements to love about each of her songs. You can hear how happy she truly is in every song. She’s using her music as a social commentary with the songs, “You Need to Calm Down” and “The Man”. She’s stepping away from writing break up songs and stepping into lovely songs that are happy and upbeat.
When I listen to the “Lover” album, I feel like I’m that 13-year-old girl again dancing around my room singing my heart out. I relate to her music as I’m getting older, looking into the future, thinking about getting married, watching my parents get older, and forming my own opinions about the way the world should work.
My favorite songs on the album are: “I Think He Knows,” “Lover,” “Paper Rings,” “It’s Nice to Have a Friend,” “London Boy,” “Soon You’ll Get Better” (reminiscent of Ed Sheeran’s “Supermarket Flowers”), and “Afterglow.”
If you’re a Swifitie like “ME!” And haven’t listened to “Lover” yet, you are missing out. Go get on Spotify or Apple Music and binge listen to the whole thing. Right now. Don’t hesitate. Let her consume you. You won’t regret it.
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