Do you also have a thing where you get older but just never wiser? Taylor Swift will make your sleepless nights more bearable, whether it’s from homesickness or job hunting, or your musings are just making you stay up at night.
Taylor Swift dropped her 10th music album, Midnights, which consists of a collection of stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout her life. So, if you’re wondering what makes the internationally known songstress stay up at night, here’s a peek at what is going on in her mind during those ungodly hours. Here are the top 7 reasons why you should listen to Midnights!
1. It’s unique and atmospheric
When Taylor dropped the new A-word bomb, literally about her 10th album, Midnights, during her acceptance speech at the Billboards awards, everybody was shocked. We can always expect Taylor to be chameleon-like in each era of her music will be different from the previous one.
Midnights has a different vibe from its sister records, Folklore, and Evermore since it marks Taylor Swift’s return from pop music. According to Taylor, the album is described as “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” Swift wrote. “The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching — hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve… we’ll meet ourselves.”
Whether you’re a Swiftie or not, you can’t deny that the tracks in Midnights are soulful, worth pondering, and catchy that you’ll catch yourself singing the lyrics out of nowhere! Taylor has collaborated with Jack Antonoff again to produce Midnights with themes of self-hatred, revenge fantasies, “wondering what might have been,” falling in love, and “falling apart.” Together they have written 11 songs, while the other two tracks from the album Taylor wrote them with her longtime beau, Joe Alwyn, with the pseudonym William Bowery. Fans of chill-out music, bedroom pop, or electronica will love Midnights since it has an ambient vibe that you can listen to whenever you can’t sleep at night and needs some music to accompany you.
2. The album tells different honest stories
Yes, Taylor is the queen of prose-like and relatable lyrics in her songs, and Midnights is not an exception; what makes this album unique is its refreshing honesty and vulnerability in each track; in Lavender haze, it talks about Taylor’s struggles to keep her relationship private and warding off society’s expectations, using the 1950’s term Lavender haze as a metaphor of being in love.
While Anti-Hero digs deeper into her insecurities and mental health as a person, you’ll have a chance to see Taylor for who she is amidst beautiful poetry-like lyrics and catchy tunes and beats. You’ll see what Taylor meant about each track having different stories that keep her up at night, and you’ll definitely relate to her along the way.
3. It will make you feel nostalgic
Yes, you’ll feel nostalgic listening to Midnights since when you watch the music video for Bejeweled, you’ll hear the instrumental of the song Enchanted during the song Question…? Have a sample from one of her hit songs, Out of the Woods. Another thing that will make you feel reminiscent is that Taylor went back to pop, which made her even more popular, such as her 1989 and Reputation eras, where you’ll hear references from previous lyrics and sounds.
Don’t worry if you’re not yet in tune with Midnights since it will slowly grow into you with Midnight rain and bejeweled taking the lead. You’ll also see some subtle similarities from her previous albums, like Vigilante Shit having the same vibe as Madwoman or Tears like Ricochet. You’ll also notice the same format Taylor still has with her lyrics videos since her Folklore era.
4. You’ll be addicted to each songs
Dealing with sleepless nights or insomnia can be hard to deal with, and listening to Taylor’s swifts to lull you to sleep can be a dangerous game. Since you’ll find yourself listening to each track on repeat, whether you’re up fantasizing about being rich just like Bejeweled or regretting past relationships like in Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve, then you’ll find a track or two that can help your midnight blues.
5. You’ll be empowered to talk about mental health
Taylor Swift is one of the celebrities or singers who is vocal about mental health and other taboo topics like feminism, eating disorders, depression, and more. Midnights and sleepless nights can be a problem many people face worldwide, whether from insomnia or other factors. Taylor opens up about her struggles with fame, mental and physical health, and becoming vulnerable enough to let her audience know they’re not alone.
In Anti-Hero, you’ll see how she references times when she doesn’t feel like a human, and her being left to her own devices often left her in crisis. She also opens up about her insecurities or inner demons that everyone has, whether we admit them or not. Midnights, open up a conversation about mental health, seeking help, and the importance of self-awareness.
6. You’ll love the alluring and storytelling visuals
One of the best things about its newest album of Taylor is, aside from being a concept album, that tackles nocturnal musings. If you love the concepts behind the music videos Bejeweled and Antihero, which Taylor directed and wrote herself, the good news is there’s more in store since the singer-songwriter announced that she would be releasing multiple music videos for the thirteen tracks of Midnights.
7. There are bonus tracks to listen to
If you need more of Taylor’s songs in the Midnights album, fret not! Since there are bonus tracks from the 3 am edition of the album that night owls or poets can enjoy! You can also rely on Taylor to surprise her fans with bonus tracks that will make them cry, swoon or relate to.
Three more additional tracks are not included in the 3 am edition but can be found in the deluxe CD edition. You can stream her music on Spotify or listen to her tracks on Youtube and more!
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