Taylor Swift - Midnights (2022)

Reason for Listening:
Taylor Swift releases great music. #2 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20230107).
Last Week: 2 | Peak: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 10
I'm a little surprised I didn't listen to this album closer to its release. Interestingly, the only track from the album I have scrobbled occurred one day before I first listened to the album ("Anti-Hero" was scrobbled on Jan 5th at 11:15am).
Album cover (Standard Edition)

Released 20221021.
13 songs. 44:02. Midnights (2022)
13+7 songs. 44:02+15:18. Midnights (3am Edition) (2022)
First listen.
I'm on the fence about this song. At the least, it has elements I really like. In particular, I like the story and overall sound ("Vigilante Shit")
Note that there was a small segment or two which reminded me of another song by Swift - though I can't put my finger on which
The ups and downs of "Bejeweled" remind me of "The Man"
Second listen. 3am Edition.
Move "Lavendar Haze" from a "1" to a "2"
Move "Maroon" from a "2" to a "1"
After "Anti-Hero", I move "Maroon" back to a "2" and move "Lavender Haze" up to a "3".
Listened to the additional tracks for a second time.

Album cover (3am Edition)

Songs in bold are the bonus tracks on the 3am Edition.
3: "Lavender Haze";
2: "Maroon"; "Anti-Hero"; "Snow on the Beach" (ft. Lana Del Ray); "Question...?"; "Vigilante Shit"; "Karma"; "Sweet Nothing"; "Glitch";
1: "Midnight Rain"; "The Great War"; "Bigger Than the Whole Sky"; "Paris"; "High Infidelity"; "Dear Reader";
0: "You're On Your Own, Kid"; "Bejeweled"; "Labyrinth"; "Mastermind"; "Would've, Could've, Should've";

As I was listening to this album, I was occasionally thought of Lorde's Solar Power (album). In particular, "Karma" had me thinking of Lorde's "Solar Power" (song). While the album does not feel like an album I would listen to frequently after the first listen, it felt very cohesive in sound. Furthermore, it's a relaxing vibe which has me leaning towards a somewhat high rating. As such, I feel the album hovers around a 4.4 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 4.4/5
Overall Rating (3am Edition): 4.2/5
Favorite Song: "Lavendar Haze"

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