Why We LOVE “Lover”

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Rebecca Tatera, Contributing Writer

Taylor Swift shocked the pop music world when she released her much anticipated seventh studio album, Lover, on Aug. 23.  

This album is drastically different from the previous era of Reputation. After it was shared that Swift does not own all of her past albums, Swift said, “Something that’s very special to me about this album is it’s the first one that I will own,” on Good Morning America. Fans cannot get enough of this album and rejoiced upon its release.  

Swift described the 18-track album in an interview with Vogue. “This album is really a love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.”

This theme of describing the different kinds of love echoes throughout the entire album. Specific tracks like “Soon You’ll Get Better” quickly grappled at listeners hearts. “London Boy” became increasingly popular since Swift performed it on BBC Radio 1. “Cornelia Street” speaks about the vulnerability of friendship.  

Swift chose to tackle political issues happening throughout our world that inhibit love and acceptance of others. “The Man” describes how Swift had to do more in her career to reach success, while men do not have to work as hard for the same level of success. “You Need to Calm Down” references anti-LGBTQ+ people and encourages them to analyze why they are filled with hate.  

While these songs were intended to encourage others to be politically active in upcoming elections, the album did not hit home for some.  

According to Cosmopolitan, Lover is “manufactured by a pop-hits algorithm,” because it includes songs about her ex-boyfriend, feminism, Karlie Kloss, Joe Alwyn, and a song expressing her allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.  

If Lover didn’t have all of these drastically diverse components, fans would be complaining that there weren’t enough. Swift writes about her life with ex-boyfriends, feminism, past friendships, and current relationships, because this is her music, about her life.

 Swift has always maintained the point of view that she writes very personally on every album. Lover is a complex and detailed look into her life for the past three years. Lover is a fresh, light, and lovely summer sound that leaves the listener proud that Swift finally owns her music.