Taylor Swift Targets Exes in New Album

Taylor Swift unveils raw emotions in latest musical outing.

by Nouman Rasool
Taylor Swift Targets Exes in New Album
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Taylor Swift is at it again with the new album, "The Tortured Poets Department," out today, after releasing just a few hours before an unannounced album drop. Now at 34, Swift still makes her songwriting all about her personal life.

This go-around, she's belting out hits aimed at an ex-lover whom she's convinced got mixed up in what was supposed to be a short fling with the singer that somehow turned into a year-long nightmare, leaving her a "functioning alcoholic." The new song's lyrics, "Fortnight," see Swift vent about the fleeting connection: "I love you, it’s ruining my life / I touched you for only a fortnight." This has many fans suspecting these lyrics are about her one-nighter with The 1975's frontman, Matty Healy.

The two, who were first said to be dating in 2014, briefly rekindled their romance last year before calling it off in early June. The sharp lyrics of the album don't stop there. In 'The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived,' Swift pins up a rusted lover who 'rusted a sparkling summer' by ghosting her in a 'Jehovah's Witness suit.'

This track has made fans think she's reflecting on her fleeting relationship with Healy. The intensity of Swift's relationships is further probed into in songs like the album's title track, "Tortured Poets Department," where she hints at the emotional extremities that would run high at the thought of separation, including ideas of suicide.

This claim is laid credence to by an earlier mention of her friend, Lucy Dacus. Then there's "Down Bad," yet one other soul-crushing song that spoke of the emotional turbulence brought about by a breakup, with incendiary and inflamed lyrics: "I Can Do It With A Broken Heart," which goes into the difficulty of performing over a breakup set to an up-tempo 1980s synthpop backdrop.

Swift's New Revelations

In "But Daddy I Love Him," Swift also seems to have a jab at her loudest fans when she calls out those who act to be concerned about her health and safety as she goes out with a confessed "bad boy." Some fans believe the song might offer more clues in Swift's trend of dropping Easter eggs in her lyrics and could be a hint that she is going to re-release her "Reputation" album, where snakes are common.

While the record seems positively drowned in personal strife, everything is drama-free in Swift's latest romance with NFL star Travis Kelce, who even earns understated references to his football career in "The Alchemy.".

With her eyes in the right place, the new album by Swift was meant to be a meticulously planned surprise, marred just a tad by the online leak the day before the official release. Still, Swift's songwriting is always spot-on, and she can keep her fans more than satisfied, further proving her worth to the pop greats, with 310 million-plus albums sold worldwide.

Now, fans who were pretty hyped for the UK leg of the Eras Tour can begin looking for tickets and paying through the nose for them from resellers.

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