Taylor Swift hosted a midnight buffet with swag early Friday following the release of her latest album, “Midnights.” Among the treats? Seven bonus tracks and a music video for the song “Anti-Hero”.
Swift announced the project in August and teased it with playful gimmicks on TikTok for weeks. At midnight sharp (Eastern Time), Swift delivered her tenth full-length studio album – and briefly crashed Spotify.
Then, three hours after release, the global superstar dropped seven more tracks, fulfilling fevered fan requests and causing revision headaches from music critics who had already published their reviews of the album.
The 32-year-old called the new songs the “3am tracks” and had previously described the surprise drop as a “special very messy surprise”. The songs were written during the conception of the album, she said.
“Surprise! I’m thinking of Midnights as a complete concept album, with these 13 songs forming a complete picture of the intensities of that mysterious, crazy hour. However! There were other songs that we wrote on our journey to celebrate that magical 13 find,” she said tweeted very early Friday.
“I call them 3 o’clock tracks. Lately I love the feeling of being able to share more of our creative process with you guys like we do with From The Vault tracks. So it’s 3 a.m. and I’m giving it to you now.”
The bonus tracks are: “The Great War”, “Bigger Than the Whole Sky”, “Paris”, “High Infidelity”, “Glitch”, “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” and “Dear Reader”. ”
Three of the tracks — “The Great War,” “High Infidelity,” and “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” — prominently feature The National’s Aaron Dessner, who closely follows Swift’s Pandemic twin albums, the Grammy-winning “Folklore” and its successor “Evermore”. The other four feature the work of Jack Antonoff, her frequent collaborator who produced Midnights.
In his review for The Times, critic Mikael Wood wrote that “Midnights” “returns to an earlier Swift mode, both sonically and lyrically”.
“This 13-track set, which she produced with longtime creative partner Jack Antonoff, feels like it picks up right where 2014’s ‘1989’ and 2017’s ‘Reputation’ left off, with slick, beat-heavy arrangements that seem vaguely aware of hip-hop’s existence and with lyrics peppered with juicy nods to Swift’s various high-profile feuds and love affairs,” he wrote.
“Anti-Hero,” which Swift says is her favorite song she’s ever written, delves deep into her insecurities and struggle with her “unmanageable” life. To Antonoff’s humming synths and pounding ’80s rock drums, Swift weighs the public’s harshest opinions of her, indulges in a “hidden narcissism” and admits that at times she feels like “a monster on the hill…slowly toward yours.” Favorite city staggers,” Wood wrote.
And now it comes with another music video written and directed by Swift. Equal parts creepy and cheesy, the new video was directed by Rina Yang, who also worked on Swift’s All Too Well video, and stars Swift as his antihero/protagonist, alongside Mike Birbiglia, John Early and Mary Elizabeth Ellis as her spoiled future children/daughter-in-law who argue at her funeral.
“View my nightmare scenarios and intrusive thoughts in real time,” Swift says tweeted when dropping the music video.
The pop star also launched the #TSAntiHeroChallenge, a soon-to-be-viral social media trend directing fans to share their anti-heroic traits, which are captioned with the lyrics, “It’s me.” Hi. I’mthe problem. It’s me.”
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