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While You Were Sleeping: Taylor Swift Drops Double Album

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With 20 years of songwriting under her belt, we shouldn’t be surprised that Taylor Swift dropped 31 songs on her double album, The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology in the middle of the night, less than two years after the release of Midnights. She did, after all, hint that it was coming.


While her albums are all a vocal tale of her life experiences, this one seems to be the least stylized. Each song seems to jump straight from her journal into a melody, with a sound reminiscent of many of her other tunes. In other words, it is quintessentially Taylor. My teenage Taylor Swiftie fans tell me this album “is giving Folklore.”

All but two songs are strictly Swift, except for track one, Fortnight featuring Post Malone, and track 8, Florida!!!, featuring Florence + the Machine. If you haven’t listened to Florida, it’s pretty funny and spot-on. Oh, Destin. We see your parking lot and raise you a…different section of Highway 98?

In true Taylor fashion, there were Easter eggs dropped leading up to the announcement of this album with the number two doled out repeatedly. The double album dropped at 2 a.m.

It appears the dropping of this album isn’t just a tale of Taylor’s stories, but saying goodbye to the years of heartbreak to usher in a new era of Taylor Swift. Perhaps Swift takes her cues from the poet John Lyly who once wrote, “The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.” With everything going on in the world, we need a new Taylor (er, world) – one that has purged herself of the sadness and torment and finds hope in love and a bright future.

Taylor’s art imitates life and Taylor’s art speaks truth to the experiences of us all. I personally love, “Peter,” “But Daddy I Love Him,” and how can you not appreciate, “Florida!!!” as a Floridian? As a storyteller, I deeply related to the last line of one of her album release social media posts, “Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can be free of it.”

Best of luck, Taylor, on this new chapter of life, which is hinted at in Travis Kelce references in spots on the album. And to all the haters who will declare that everyone is over Taylor’s whining recounting of heartbreak, loss, and emotional torment…more than 7 million others disagree.

Happy Listening, Swifties!

The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology is available at https://www.taylorswift.com/.

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