I think it's really interesting that they pitched it, and I could hear The Chicks of another era singing it. Listening to that song almost 20 years later (...) just shows her way with melody from the start. She knew exactly which words to stretch and the right mix of sophistication and emotion.
Ok i don't want to spam the Midnights thread but i think this is how i would make the tracklist for the main record while keeping the same amount of songs (13)
1. Snow on The Beach
4. Anti Hero
6. Would've Could've Should've
7. You're on Your Own Kid
10. Great War
12. Bigger Than The Whole Sky
13. Dear Reader
*Opening up with Snow on the Beach works well imo. It gives a taste of what comes further down the road. The sparse, chill atmosphere of it works in contrast with how dense and heavy Maroon is.
* Maroon and Glitch are sister songs and that is that on that.
* Mastermind as track 5 was a slam dunk for me. Her most referential song as the fifth track, i mean.
* Would've Could've Should've and You Are on Your Own Kid also goes together in my head. I think You are on Your Own Kid as the reflection of the emotional pain that is being described in WCS.
* I wanted to have bops in the second half. Great War might have stuck out like a sore thumb but i had to have it there.
*Bigger Than Whole Sky and Dear Reader gives me the peace+hoax combo from folklore.
@enjoy I agree that You're On Your Own, Kid and Would've Could've Should've sound so good together! I have them in opposite order on my sequencing and they work marvelously back to back.
Putting my deluxe below as it's the only way I listen to the album these days
1. Lavender Haze
5. Snow on the Beach
6. You're On Your Own, Kid
7. Would've, Could've, Should've
8. The Great War
9. Midnight Rain
13. High Infidelity
15. Bigger Than the Whole Sky
16. Dear Reader
I think Labyrinth works as a closer as it feels like a career MO in a way, capping off an album that itself feels like a cornerstone to her career up to now. Vigilante Shit is fun for a laugh and Sweet Nothing is cute enough but the former is redundant due to Karma and the latter feels like a New Year's Day redux. I know people shit on Question...? but that second verse with her vocals slathered in vocoder just really does it for me.
I hope she intends to re-record the Christmas EP and plans a separate, dedicated release for it. Not like I would mind if she tagged it at the end of the rerecorded debut but any extra Taylor music merch to throw my coins for is always welcome.
I can't stop listening to evermore this week. It might just be the weather, but happiness, right where you left me, and 'tis the damn season have been playing in my head all day today and just keep solidifying my feelings for the album. I can absolutely say that this is her best album. The stories she told here.....nothing else even comes close.