If you watched the VMA awards (I did not), you saw one of the two major stories which came out of the evening. One was the first appearance of Johnny Depp post-defamation trial, so… y’know… gross. The other was the announcement that there would be a new Taylor Swift album, and that is always a big deal.
This website has had a history with Swift. I have been part of favorable reviews of her last three albums. Jordan Holmes, in his series “The Swiftening”, basically eviscerated almost her entire catalog. I don’t know any one person who has gotten more Fancy Boy attention than Swift, but there is a very good reason for that: Taylor Swift is pop culture.
You may dislike Swift’s music, but if news of a new album does not pique your interest, you might as well admit that you no longer care about what is currently mainstream and popular. There is no way to understate Taylor’s impact on the current zeitgeist: she is, for all intents and purposes, a one-woman Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So, what do I want Midnights, which Swift claims is “the story of 13 sleepless nights in my life” to feel like? There are only two possible answers that would make me happy:
- A introspective, acoustic work in the style of her last two albums with a lot of help from collaborator Jack Antonoff.
- A ska album.
There is no third option.
Midnights will be released on October 21.