In one week Taylor Swift will release her seventh studio album ‘Lover’ which has arguably already become her most controversial record yet. Following the politically charged ‘Reputation’ which was all about her taking control of her own narrative, Swift has gone down a very cliche path. From releasing the ultra-cheesy ‘ME!’ to exploiting pop and queer culture on ‘You Need To Calm Down’, everyone seems to have an opinion on her new direction. Taking control of the comments, she quickly turned the conversation back around to be about the music with the cinematic inclined ‘The Archer’ which was a simple synth ballad with a whole lot of emotion.
Holding back from creating more drama before the release, Swift has unveiled a romantic new single that will have you swooning with it’s classic Taylor elements. With the waltz influenced production, this song swoops and sweeps with high moments as she sings about true love. In this song she is referencing her relationship with he partner who they’ve been together for 3 years now. There is nothing controversial about this song as she just describes the endless honeymoon stage that has circled around her life with him. “Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever?”.
It’s during the first verse that she first grabs ahold on your feelings as she questions “Have I known you 20 seconds or 20 years?”, which is something anyone who has been in love can relate to. She then recognises that they both have pasts but are focused on the present and the future together. “My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue. All’s well that ends well to end up with you. Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover”.
It’s a very romantic track, that hears Swift stripped back completely in a way that we haven’t heard from her in a long time. There is a hint of reminiscent of her early material scattered through the track lyrically and melodically as she embraces the romantic theme.
This was a very smart track for the singer-songwriter to unveil right before the release of an album that so many people are still unsure about.