Swifites all over the world have been consumed by Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album, Midnights, since its October 21 release. After some time to analyze, decode and soak up the new sounds by Swift, everyone is eager to share thoughts, theories and more surrounding the project.
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Rolling Stone’s Music Now podcast and Vulture’s Switched on Pop are two of the latest podcasts to take a deep dive into the album and prompt more fan discussion.
According to Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding of Switched on Pop, the album — in true Swift fashion — sticks to a good theme. While not necessarily a concept album, in their opinion, the tracks are all gently tied to one another and take listeners on a journey led by Swift’s vulnerable songwriting and synth sonics.
“She takes this idea of world building around albums and runs with it,” shared Harding. “Reputation was a turn to the dark side, Lover, a return back to the light. [Then] she had her much-awarded pair of albums, folklore and evermore that were sort of an acoustic journey made of fictional characters. And now Midnights kind of blurs the fictional and personal just like a dream.”
Recognizing the album as one of Swift’s most personal, Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos, and Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone’s Music Now podcast credit the dreamy, nostalgic feel to Taylor’s work in therapy and ability to re-visit her past with fresh perspective.
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“This is giving inner-child therapy work,” said Spanos. “You can tell so much of what she’s referencing is her going through her teenage diaries again.”
She continued, “Now we have these songs where she’s really digging into other sides of other songs we’ve heard, other themes we’ve heard throughout her music and opening up the portal to what else can she take from these moments and take from these from these anxieties and these sleepless nights.”
The Rolling Stone Music Now podcast take listeners inside the biggest stories in music, hosted by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt. Featuring interviews with top artists, expert insight on new releases and breaking news from the Rolling Stone staff, and much more.
Switched on Pop is a podcast all about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture.