I'M THAT GIRL
ENERGY (feat. BEAM)
BREAK MY SOUL
PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA
MOVE (feat. Grace Jones & Tems)
ALL UP IN YOUR MIND
AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
Snow On The Beach (feat. Lana Del Rey)
You're On Your Own, Kid
The Great War
Bigger Than The Whole Sky
Would've, Could've, Should've
LA FAMA (feat. The Weeknd)
DELIRIO DE GRANDEZA
LA COMBI VERSACE (feat. Tokischa)
COMO UN G
New Shapes (feat. Christine and The Queens & Caroline Polachek)
Beg For You (feat. Rina Sawayama)
Used To Know Me
How Can I Not Know What I Need Right Now
Sorry If I Hurt You
Lizzo - 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)
Lizzo - About Damn Time
Megan Thee Stallion - Her
Megan Thee Stallion - Plan B
"High Infidelity" continues the themes of cheating that Taylor has been exploring in-depth since folklore and evermore. I absolutely adore the production of this song. It's Taylor and Aaron doing their thing and it really works for me. Aaron, for me, really shines with Taylor when he blends these organic sounds (piano, in the case of this song) with electronic synths. It's a great juxtaposition, specially when Taylor's output with her other frequent collaborator is mostly centred around just synths, so it's nice hearing something different.
The outro is absolutely stunning, with Taylor's adlibs over the glistening production. This is something that Taylor and Aaron together really nail whenever they work together. One of my favourite aspects of evermore, which was almost entirely done by Aaron, is that. These songs feel lived in and these outros just keep us in that world for a bit longer. I think I'm so used to songs just abruptly ending these days that I always cherish those songs that just keep giving.
The song is most likely about 2016's MET Gala which is a legendary moment in the Swift Lore™. The date, April 29th, is the same date when "This Is What You Came For" came out. It came out a couple days before the MET Gala where Taylor's relationship with Tom Hiddleston began and also the same night she first met Joe Alwyn. Swifties theorise the song is written about her feelings on that mess with Calvin Harris.
I think this should've lasted a bitsy longer, specially within the Midnights ranking.
"Dear Reader" is the closing track on the 3am edition of Midnights. After I finished my first listen of Midnights, when her psychotic ass dropped the 3am edition, I was extremely overwhelmed by the amount of new music. When I had reached "Dear Reader", I felt that it was the "Daylight" of the album. A song that simply works as the closer, sounding exactly what you expect it to, being a lil' 80s, hazy moment. I guess, in part, this does fit the bill... but it's so much more too.
Midnights is an album about self-doubt. A simple glance at the lead single, "Anti-Hero", the entire song is just Taylor doubting herself. It makes perfect sense for "Dear Reader" to close the album, another song where Taylor puts herself as an advice columnist who doesn't believe you should be taking their advice. I think this is a gorgeous track that really nails a lot of Taylor's persona without feeling clunky or cheesy like some other songs have. It really nails a lot of the things that Taylor has been trying to say throughout the album and encapsulates them perfectly. I genuinely believe this deserved a spot in the main album over "Mastermind", since this would close the album perfectly.
I don't have any live performances to close this out, so I'll leave us with a track that I wish Taylor takes inspiration from for her next album, hehe.
Dear Reader is another The Archer gauzy woozy Taylor synth moment that I don’t need anymore. High Infidelity is another song where you can almost hear her gears turning, the record line driving home the book/movie connection matched with evermore through the fog of Midnights leaves me cold. I am excited to see what Midnights will look like at 10-13 tracks since so much of it suffers from sameness.
Not that I'm heartbroken by the Taylor cull, but the elimination order has been weird. By and large the 3am tracks where my favourites on the album, so I would have kept most of them over many of the standard tracks.
Also, "Dear Reader" is a ridiculously better closer than the sociopath "anthem" that is "Mastermind." I should have realized that her Easter egg/clue crazed, junior detective stans would latch on to it though.