Another Record Breaking Album: Midnights


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A story of her sleepless nights, “Midnights” is an astounding album full of emotion. Its Spotify record-breaking is just the first of many accomplishments that are sure to come in Swift’s career because of the album.

Taylor Swift is a famous singer known for her amazing voice and sensational lyrics. Her past 11 albums have all charted highly and the Oct. 21 release of “Midnights” is no exception. The album is a collection of songs written over sleepless nights throughout her career that tells her journey through “terrors and sweet dreams.” The original album has 13 songs, but a 3 a.m. edition was shortly released with 7 more songs.

In a single day upon its release, it became Spotify’s most streamed album and broke records for Amazon and Apple Music.

Swift has mastered the variety of music styles, including country, pop/rock and folk. However, she’s returned to the pop scene with a bang, leaving her rivals in the dust with this newest release.

Each song is beautifully composed with unique instrumentals, her breathtaking lyrics and iconic vocals. Each song tells a different story from her life, but “Anti-Hero,” “You’re On Your Own, Kid,” and “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” definitely stand out.

“Anti-Hero” is the third song on the album, and it reveals Taylor’s deepest feelings of insecurity and the personal demons she has fought. She worries that her songwriting will isolate her and that her “scheming” will ruin her. She leads the chorus with the iconic lyric, “It’s me, Hi, I’m the problem, It’s me” which shows how she views herself.

The fifth track on the album, “You’re On Your Own, Kid”, is undoubtedly a personal favorite. This heart-breaking song  dives into self-reflection and moves through different parts of life and their impact on a person, forming them into who they are. Her lyric, “You’re on your own, kid, you can face this” describes the hope of returned affection that is wanted by a singer who feels desperately alone in life.

Another stunning track included in the 3 a.m. edition is “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve.” The song depicts someone who is haunted and scarred by a previous relationship. Taylor wishes that the person, rumored to be John Mayer, never looked her way, and wonders who she would be now if she never dated him. She describes him as a ghost that has stolen something from her and changed her in a soul-stirring way.

All the songs on the album are outstanding and will leave her listeners emotional. It’s safe to say that this is the best album released this year and deserves to win at the PCA’s.