Midnight Madness

Commentary on Taylor Swift’s Midnights, her tenth studio album.

Sophia Meyer, Reporter

Call it what you want, but Taylor Swift’s Midnights is the most highly anticipated music release of the year. At least highly anticipated from her fans, or “Swifties,” as they call themselves. Don’t be fooled, I admit that I fall under this title as well, for I have fervently counted down the days since Taylor announced this album on August 28th. This announcement shocked the Swiftie community – and frankly, the whole world – because of speculation that she would release her third re-recorded album rather than new music. But contrary to their wildest dreams, Swifties were put into a state of grace with the announcement of Midnights set to be released on October 21st

As I am writing this article three-and-a-half hours before the album drops, I can only hypothesize what the overall style of the album will be. Pop? Indie? Country? Alternative? Whatever it is, it will be nothing new to Swift, seeing as she has explored a wide array of musical genres within her career. And I’m sure that Swift’s lyrical genius will leave us enchanted

Below are my personal – and highly influential – ratings and thoughts on Midnights’ tracks. But don’t take my word for it, be sure to check out Swift’s latest offering for yourself. Once you hear it, you won’t be able to shake it off.

Sophia Meyer

Lavender Haze: The first track I listened to, “Lavender Haze” was drastically different than what I was expecting. It stylistically reminded me of “I Think He Knows” and “Cruel Summer” from Lover, while also conveying the utter bliss of being stuck in love with someone – even under public scrutiny. 

Maroon: “Maroon” is the type of song that I would blast in the car at night with the windows down, but I wouldn’t sing along to. There is such a deepness to this song and so many deep emotions being expressed, which are fitting considering the title. This song signifies the end of a relationship; how the once bright and vibrant feelings between two people have now rusted away into darkness. It’s a sad story, but Swift has a beautiful way of telling it. It’s the “All Too Well” of Midnights.

Anti-Hero: I will definitely be humming this song 24/7. It is a catchy modern yet relatable song. Swift recognizes that she is her own enemy and the recipient of so much criticism. It is the lead single of Midnights, earning itself a music video, so I cannot wait to see how Swift chooses to portray “Anti-hero” in this medium.

Snow On The Beach (feat. Lana Del Ray): Like watching snow fall outside from the comfort of my home, this track brought me peace. It reminded me of the bliss of a moment so wonderful that I question if it’s really happening. I was slightly disappointed that Lana Del Ray didn’t receive a major feature in this song, but nevertheless it was still a touching song to hear. 

You’re On Your Own, Kid: The first thing I loved about this track was its buildup as the song progressed, reminding me of “The Archer” from Lover. Being a “Track 5,” this song was predestined to be the most devastating on Midnights. So even though it has an uplifting beat, there is so much depth. Dare I say, I was speechless by the end.

Midnight Rain: This song was a little funky, but in such an immersive way. I understood from this track that Swift was recognizing a lost relationship and the mistakes that both parties made and their failure to recognize their incompatibility.

Question…?: As you can guess from the title, this track is ultimately a question directed to Swift’s lover. She almost seems to be second guessing herself for things she may have done in a past relationship. Lyrically and instrumentally I thought this track was catchy and geniusly crafted by Swift. 

Vigilante S*** : My jaw physically dropped during this song. We see a more rebellious version of Swift in this song, as she could be making references to some of the feuds she has publicly dealt with in the past (*cough* Kanye). This side of Taylor has never been portrayed so obviously, not even in Reputation, if I may say. But personally, I’m glad she went in that direction for this song.

Bejeweled: “I miss you, but I miss sparkling.” Swift was honest in this song when stating her motives in a certain relationship. She used it as a way to market herself and didn’t necessarily care about the relationship. Her language and tone is a little childish, showing the immaturity and unreliable nature of this relationship – and Swift – admittedly. 

Labyrinth: If I’m being honest, “Labyrinth” was not my favorite song in Midnights. Only because it didn’t seem to really go anywhere. But the meaning did resonate with me – there are so many “breaks” in life, but society is so harsh and expects immediate recovery. Anything can happen at any given moment, making it hard to escape the labyrinth. 

Karma: I have waited for karma since “The Man” music video in 2020. And it did not disappoint. Basically, Swift found comfort in seeing karma catch up with her enemies. She is so petty, and I love it.

Sweet Nothing: Like the title suggests, this song is sweet. It’s not the most interesting of songs, but it indicates that Swift found someone who loves her for her, without expecting anything out of the relationship. Kudos, Taylor.

Mastermind: Man, Taylor Swift really is a mastermind. She devised an entire plan to get someone to fall in love with her – and it worked. This song is a little mischievous, but it also creates beautiful suspense. I heard hints of the “Stranger Things” introduction music in this song, so that could have added that extra layer of mystery. “What if I told you I’m a mastermind?” Well, Taylor, you are. 

Not included in my review: The Great War; Bigger Than the Whole Sky; Paris; High Infidelity; Glitch; Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve; Dear Reader