‘Midnights:’ not another pop album


Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff

Cover for Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights.’

Maggie Davis, The Delphi Staff

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift just released her 10th studio album, ‘Midnights,’ last Friday. This nostalgic-sounding pop album explores her own self-view, as well as society’s.

Swift announced “Midnights” two months ago live at the VMAs, calling it an album that described the stories of 13 sleepless nights.

Swift is know for her lyrics that make fans feel like they are reading through her diary, and ‘Midnights’’ lyrics are no different.

Throughout almost every track, a theme of restlessness and constant overthinking is presented.

This is especially true on the third track, “Anti-Hero.” Swift sings, “I have this thing where I get older, but just never wiser. Midnights become my afternoons. When my depression works the graveyard shift, all of the people I’ve ghosted stand there in the room.”

On this album, there are many interesting, and even shocking, collaborations. Lana Del Rey, the singer-songwriter who defined the 2010’s, collaborated with Swift to produce the track “Snow on the Beach.” Zöe Kratvitz, the actress who has recently been working on an album with Jack Antonoff, pops up in the credits as a writer of “Lavender Haze.”

There is one song that stands out from the others: “Sweet Nothings.” This track dives into the ups and downs of being in a relationship that is extremely publicized.  Swift sings, “They said the end is coming. Everyone’s up to something. I found myself a-running home to your sweet nothings. Outside they’re push and shoving. You’re in the kitchen hummin’.”

Swift expresses that even if the world is out to get her and the media is having a frenzy, she still feels safe with her significant other.

‘Midnights’ is on its way to becoming one of 2022’s best-selling albums. With 185 million world-wide streams in one day, ‘Midnights’ broke Spotify’s record.

While ‘Midnights’ may seem like just another pop-album, the brutally honest lyrics that describe how everyone feels during restless nights, say otherwise.