Taylor Swift has released her 10th studio album Midnights in front of many fans, with critics publishing a series of glowing reviews.
In the American singer-songwriter’s sequel to 2020 Folklore and Evermore, Swift tells the story of 13 sleepless nights during her life’s struggle with love in the spotlight.
The 32-year-old created a lot of excitement after announcing the album at the end of August but has kept details about the record scarce with only small teases on social media.
The songs delve into complicated and intense love affairs, and also deal with her own personal relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn.
The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis gave the album “sophistication” five stars, writing that its “exciting, engaging and mature” feel makes it unique compared to “everything else that’s currently happening at the high-levels of the… pop music”.
He added: “It’s an album that steadfastly refuses to deal with the neon bangs that pop stars often return to, the music strong enough to cut through the commotion.
“Sounds like fog, in the air and elegantly soft.”
Similarly, Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone gave Midnights a 5 out of 5, praising how “Swift lets her intrusive thoughts win” to create an authentic, introspective, and “increasingly” record the more to be discovered beneath the blue-violet fog on the surface.”
With a four-star rating, Neil McCormick of The Telegraph wrote that the album had “sensitive digital sound”.
While the reviewer felt the album “had no obvious hit in the charts,” he admitted that “Swift fans will love this album.”
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“Midnights’ return to mainstream pop after Americana is similar on her more reflective pandemic albums, Folklore and Evermore,” he said.
The Times’ Will Hodgkinson also gave it a four-star rating, citing the album’s “frozen effect” and “synthetic vocals”.
Describing Midnights as essentially “an old fashioned singer-songwriter album about human frailty,” he added that “Swift is doing what she’s always done: taking the theme of the heart and tie them up with a solid Nashville song.”
NME’s Hannah Mylrea agreed with this assessment and gave it a similar one, praising the album as “a shimmering return to pure pop”.
“Midnight is what happens in the apartment building, the city lights flash by as night falls but you’re hunting for the redundancies,” she said.
Esquire’s Alex Bilmes gave it an 8/10 and proclaimed Midnights an “instant classic”, writing: “As always, Swift slips between bitter reunion, bitter nostalgia and naivety romantic fainting.”
Swift plans to begin a tour in 2023 for the first time in five years.
She will also return to The Graham Norton Show on October 28.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/taylor-swift-what-the-critics-are-saying-about-her-new-album-midnights-42085473.html Taylor Swift: What critics are saying about her new album, Midnights