By Jane Hanna
Swifties were ecstatic when Taylor Swift’s newest “Midnight” pop-album dropped exactly at 12:00 a.m. on October 21. But what came as a shock was the additional unexpected album, “Midnights (3am Edition)” that was released, you guessed it, at 3:00 a.m. that same night.
When I first listened to the album, my jaw dropped to the floor. Each song felt indescribably relatable, and I was touched by almost every lyric. Swift released a video on Spotify that the album is about revenge and sleepless nights. Within those themes, however, there are some upbeat songs, so the album is perfect for any mood, especially vengeance.
This album is a complete shift from her earlier music, whether the pop-country from when she was 17 or the pop rock of the last decade.
Taylor’s last album, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” was released about a year ago in November 2021. Both “Midnights (3am Edition)” and “Evermore” have a mix of angsty and upbeat songs. The difference between the two is that her older album has a couple country songs, and her newer album has more pop.
“Midnights (3am Edition)” is empowering, full of confidence-boosting songs, as well as heartbreaking lyrics in between it all. Many of the songs in the album have become very popular and are placed in her top 5 most-listened to songs on Spotify, “Lavender Haze” being number one.
Many of the lyrics in the album were astonishing and really swept me off my feet. In the third song on the album, “Anti-Hero,” Taylor describes relatable moments as she sings “I’ll stare directly at the sun but never in the mirror.” Many of her fans have a personal connection to her lyrics and feel comforted knowing that they are not the only ones going through these struggles.
Another breathtaking lyric is found in the sixteenth song, “Pairs” as she sings “I’m so in love that I might stop breathing.” Taylor is able to take an exact feeling and put it into relatable lyrics that all her fans would understand.
Each song is perfectly ordered into the album as they flow into one another. “Snow On The Beach” stood out to me the most, as it was the only song featured by an additional artist. Lana Del Rey’s vocals in the song definitely sealed the album all together.
“Midnights (3am Edition)” did not disappoint as many of its songs were remarkably relatable. Taylor was able to create numerous songs that will definitely live on for years to come.