Taylor Swift - Midnights
Midnights is Taylor Swift's tenth studio album and her first since her acclaimed indie folk projects Folklore and Evermore in 2020. Released on October 21, 2022, the album is a concept album about nocturnal ruminations, exploring themes of anxiety, insecurity, self-criticism, self-awareness, insomnia, and self-confidence. Swift wrote and produced the album with her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, as well as Sounwave, Jahaan Sweet, and Keanu Beats. The album features 13 tracks (plus seven bonus tracks on the 3 am Edition), split into an A side and a B side, and a guest appearance by Lana Del Rey on the track "Snow On The Beach".
Midnights is a sonic departure from Swift's previous pop albums, experimenting with chill-out, electropop, dream pop, and bedroom pop styles. The album showcases Swift's vocal cadences and confessional yet cryptic lyrics, using vintage synthesizers, drum machines, and hip hop / R&B rhythms. The album also incorporates references to and elements from Swift's previous albums, creating a career concoction that celebrates her musical evolution and versatility.
The album received critical acclaim for its restrained production, candid songwriting, and cohesive concept. Critics praised Swift for creating an intimate and introspective album that captures the mood of the night and the complexity of human emotions. The album also broke several records globally, becoming the most-streamed album in a single day on Spotify and topping the charts in 28 territories. In the US, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with over 1.5 million units sold in its first week, making it the best-selling album of 2022. The album also spawned 10 top-ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week, including the number-one lead single "Anti-Hero".
Midnights is a stunning achievement by Taylor Swift, who proves once again that she is one of the most influential and innovative artists of her generation. The album is a captivating journey through the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout her life, revealing her vulnerability, strength, creativity, and resilience. Midnights is a masterpiece that deserves to be listened to in its entirety, preferably at midnight.