We say this every time, but Lover might just be one of our favorite Taylor Swift albums! (It’s not our fault she keeps topping every one.) According to Billboard, this is the biggest sales week for an album since Swift‘s, reputation, which was in 2017. Lover has sold 867,000 equivalent album units in its first week with 679,000 of those being in album sales, making this the number one album on the Billboard 200 and Taylor Swift‘s 6th number one album to date.
Showing off all the versatility only she can pull off, and with this also being her longest album she’s ever put out, we promise you won’t be able to stop listening. We definitely haven’t and finally, after one last thorough listen through, here’s our track by track review.
I Forgot That You Existed
This track was perfect for the opening song to the new album, kind of bridging the gaps between her old ‘reputation era’ to this new one. A lowkey diss track featuring soft beats that accompany her sing-song tone to a T. The lyrics are typical Swift, especially the chorus giving the song its namesake, “I forgot that you existed / And I thought that it would kill me, but it didn’t.”
Making the perfect backtrack for an unraveling relationship, this is filled with Swift‘s known chat like lyrics thrown in between catchy choruses that will have you screaming down the highway “And I scream, ‘For whatever it’s worth / I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard?”
“Lover” is the most recent single from Taylor Swift, and as the album’s title track, it sets the perfect mood for the album. This slow ballad is a sweet ode to a loved one, all about the development of a life long relationship with her ‘lover,’ “Can I go where you go? / Can we always be this close forever and ever?” Taylor is in LOVE this album and it shows! No more songs about breakups and revenge!
Switching it up with this fun track, Swift spits out some truth with her playful lyrics all about how if she were a man, she would be praised for her behaviors not ridiculed like she is now. “What I was wearing, if I was rude / Could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves.” Swift shuts down the double standards in the industry and society as a whole.
This slow dreamy track has almost a slight echo to it as Taylor Swift melodically sings, “I’ve been the archer / I’ve been the prey” and describes how she has been at both ends of the relationship? almost playing off of how so many have accused of her play a victim like role in the past.
I Think He Knows
You will be snapping along with this adorable song from the jump as Swift playfully sings about how she thinks he knows she’s in love with him. “He got my heartbeat / Skipping down 16th Avenue/ Got that, oh, I mean / Wanna see what’s under that attitude,” the lyrics just scream how in love she is with the man she’s talking about.
Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince
Lover, takes us back to the classic Taylor Swift that we all grew to love, with this story that is told through pictures of high school football games, rumors, and heartbreak. “Now I’m feeling hopeless, ripped up my dress / Running through rose thorns, I saw the scoreboard.“
This super upbeat track will have you jumping around on your feet about a perfect love you’ve never even had. Singing all about how she found the one she wants and she would ditch all the shiny things just to marry the one she loves. “I like shiny things, but I’d marry you with paper rings / Uh huh, that’s right / Darling, you’re the one I want.”
Opening up with the storytelling lyrics Swift is widely known for, the lyrics of this song might just be true as she mentions about the real-life house she rented on “Cornelia Street” which is also the namesake for the song. Making memories with the one she loves she sings how she couldn’t even bare to walk down the street after he’s gone. “And I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends / I’d never walk Cornelia Street again.”
Death By A Thousand Cuts
Describing how much a break-up hurts and how it’s like a slow death; doesn’t let the trippy, upbeat-ness of the track throw you off of the sad depressing lyrics. “Saying goodbye is death by a thousand cuts / Flashbacks waking me up / I get drunk, but it’s not enough / ‘Cause the morning comes and you’re not my baby.”
This pun-filled song will have you vibing to its super catchy beat as Swift sings all about her dreamy “London Boy” and the description of what sounds like the perfect date. “Took me back to Highgate, met all of his best mates / So I guess all the rumors are true.”
Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. Dixie Chicks)
Taylor Swift always has to have one major tear-jerker, but this track is probably the saddest we’ve heard just because of the deep personal connection. Featuring the Dixie Chicks, this emotional track opens up Swift‘s vulnerability as she recounts the journey of her mother’s battle with cancer.
The saxophone in the beginning of this track brings you in, and the chorus keeps you there as this song gives off seductive, blues-like vibe. “Religion’s in your lips/ Even if it’s a false god / We’d still worship.” Talking about no matter what he does to her, she’ll still be in love with him.
You Need To Calm Down
This Swift song has already made many of its own headlines as she seems to brush off the ‘haters’ with this sassy response. “You just need to take several seats / And then try to restore the peace.” The pop filled song will have you wishing your haters away with the swoop of your hand.
Taking it back slow, this track is all about realizing that you’re wrong in a situation and speaking up to help save a relationship. “Hey, it’s all me, in my head/ I’m the one who burned us down / But it’s not what I meant / Sorry that I hurt you.”
ME! ( feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco)
A super fun song about how they’re one in a million, Swift and Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco share this duet about how you will never find another like them, with the main lyrics being just that. “I promise that you’ll never find another like me.”
It’s Nice To Have A Friend
All about schoolyard friendships and having someone there for you no matter the situation, the song is adorable in its own sense. And the fact that it also uses a sample from music students at Regent Park School of Music, it’s that much more memorable. All the proceeds from the sample are also being donated back to the school!
This sweet ballad is all about how Taylor Swift has practically found her sunshine and “daylight.” “I’ve been sleeping so long in a twenty year dark night / And now I see daylight, I only see daylight.” We can only hope to be this in love someday.
Taylor Swift has broken tons of records already with Lover including, being the only woman with six albums to sell at least 500,000 copies in one week and having the 2nd streaming week ever for a pop album. Have you gotten a chance to listen to the album? If so, what was your favorite track? And if you, haven’t take a listen below!
Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: Taylor Swift on Instagram