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Review: Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department”

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Taylor Swift’s latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department”, is a deeply personal work that has themes of heartbreak, relationships, and new beginnings.

The double album, spanning 31 tracks, is a testament to Swift’s songwriting process and her ability to weave intricate storytelling through her lyrics. The opening track, “Fortnight” featuring Post Malone, sets the tone with its synths and Swift’s raw vulnerability as she sings about the pain of a crumbling relationship.

Tracks like “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart” and “So Long, London” have a candid look into Swift’s emotional turmoil and the aftermath of a long-term, cross-cultural relationship. While some songs revisit familiar themes from Swift’s past, such as the song “But Daddy I Love Him” about dating a tattooed bad boy, others showcase her growth as a storyteller.

Swift’s lyricism shines throughout the album, with her signature intricate and referential style that invites fans to decode the hidden meanings. The album’s rawness and painful lyrics make it her most personal project yet as she deals with the complexities of heartbreak and healing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this album because of the variety. Some songs you can dance to, others you can cry to. Swift’s pen seemingly gets sharper with each project she puts out, and fans really connected with the lyrics of this album. I would recommend this album to someone wanting to experience nostalgia, grief, and acceptance in the form of beautiful storytelling.

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