From the sonic and lyrical influence of the Lover track “The Archer” to the harrowing revelations of the “Dear John” sequel “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve,” the depths of Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights deserve deep examination. That’s exactly what happens on the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, in which Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield (who both wrote about the new album) join host Brian Hiatt for a nearly two-hour-long track-by-track examination of Midnights, including the seven bonus tracks on the 3am Edition.
To hear the entire episode, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or press play above.ng many other topics, the panel (tastefully!) speculates on the lyrical targets of some of the songs, while also discussing Swift’s stronger-than-ever vocals, the influence of her Taylor’s Versions sessions, the electronically altered, deep-voiced alter ego she debuts, Midnights’ connections to past moments in her catalog, how Swift overcame the artistic challenge of writing confessional songs in an era of personal happiness, the real meaning of the much-discussed “sexy baby” line, and much, much more.
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