Taylor Swift - Midnights

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I agree with the beginning but the "weird but fucking beautiful" line *is* there. I don't why know why do many people ended up listening to the clean versions with this release nn
Oh thank goodness! On Spotify you have to specifically search for the explicit version, it doesn’t appear on her page as far as I can see. Thanks! So now it’s almost perfect. :)
Snow on the Beach is just so lame and unremarkable, and this new version ain't doing much to change that zzzz. Nothing about the track is reminiscent of either artist's best work.

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These are the (supposed and incomplete) lyrics

[Verse 1]
You say I don't understand and I say I know you don't
We thought a cure would come through in time, I fear it won't
Remember looking at this room, we loved it 'cause of the light
Now I just sit in the dark and wonder if it's time

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Do I throw out everything we built or keep it?
I'm getting tired even for a phoenix
Always rising from the ashes
Mended all the gashes
You might've just have delt the final blow.

Stop, you're losing me
Stop, you're losing me
Stop, you're losing me
I can't find pulse, my heart won't start anymore
For you
'Cause you're losing me

[Verse 2]
Every morning a day that you would storm and night rise
How can you say that you love someone you can't it's dying?
I sent you sick notes and bit my nails down to the quake
My face was grey but you wouldn't admit that we were sick

[Pre-Chorus 2]
And the air is thick with lies and indecision
I know my pain in arching in position
And now you're running down the hallway
And you know what they all say
You don't know what you got till it's gone

Stop, you're losing me
Stop, you're losing me
Stop, you're losing me
I can't find pulse, my heart won't start anymore
For you
'Cause you're losing me
'Cause you're losing me
Stop (Stop), 'cause you're losing me
My heart won't start again (Stop, 'cause you're losing me)
My heart won't start again (Stop, 'cause you're losing me)

How long can we be a sad song
Till we went too far gone to bring back to life?
I gave you all my best of me, my endless empathy
And all I did was bleed and

Cannot hear right now cause I'm on a video call, but here seems to be the song

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You're Losing Me is out there- it's nice, not super remarkable upon first listen, but an incredible bridge. Sounds like a Folklore song produced with Midnights in mind.
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I'm disappointed we're getting a video for this rather bad remix instead of the solo version, which is so much fun.
Are we getting a video???? I think it would be out by now. Those images sort of scream AI-generated to me, I think they just did a photoshoot or hired someone to put those visuals together.
Oof, it's gorgeous and raw. It gives some context into the breakup, but you can tell she's just scratching the surface and I'm so perched for the rest.

It's hard for me to categorize this with the rest of the album since it was clearly written more recently, but I'd say it's definitely up there for me.
It's like....All Too Well 10 Minute Version meets Midnights (Dear Reader to be specific)? Not as biting or intense, and there isn't a big climax, but the general structure and some of the production elements are giving me those vibes.
I had a long drive today (I was coming back from a hike @Laura Vanderbooben) and decided to stick the new edition on in its entirety and kinda organised my thoughts on the album overall. I'm sure you're all on tenterhooks to find out what conclusions I came to.

First of all, the tracks I've decided that are Essential to her canon:

Lavender Haze - especially considering her current situation
Anti-Hero - purpose-built to crash into the charts like a meteor; very effective
Snow On The Beach - a collaboration with a hero, deftly produced, subtlely catchy
You're On Your Own Kid - lyrical highlight
Midnight Rain - the peak of what the album's raggedly ass concept was meant to be
Bejeweled - nails the assignment; tacky, glittering, addictive
Karma - see Anti-Hero
Would've, Should've, Could've - best song across the whole project
Dear Reader - one of the only plink-plonk ballads that works on the album
Hits Different - maybe the most dynamically written thing here from the perspective of an effective pop song? Insane.

I don't think the rest of the album is bad, but I don't think it's ever that interesting or particularly vital. I think overall the entire thing is a very comfortable playground for her and in many ways, was the perfect vehicle for what she's currently doing, which is looking across her career so far and celebrating it. It's like a greatest hits of everything that makes her the artist she is, for better or worse. Which also makes it the perfect album for the tour. Like, y'all can gasp and protest and splutter and scream but this was the perfect album to release when she was going out on a tour that wasn't actually in celebration of a particular album. She does like six songs and... no one's really wanting anymore ffff. So I don't resent it; sometimes albums serve a very specific purpose for artists at specific times, and I think it does that with aplomb. I just hope the next one is more interesting.

I don't have much to add to the overexposure thing but I will say that I would be watching things like a hawk if I was her management at the moment, because it seems like the attention she pulls and the popularity she has is somehow managing to repeak nearly twenty years in, and I do think it'll be a delicate balance. I also imagine that's why Midnights hasn't been plundered for singles. I feel like its success overall took everyone by surprise so I wouldn't be surprised if even she and everyone around her got blindsided too.
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