NEW YORK: Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated seventh album has arrived in all its lovestruck, honeyed glory — a clear shift from the vengeful goth lite of her previous record.
But the 18-track “Lover” is not just an ode to matters of the heart — it’s the pop star’s first studio album that she actually owns, under the terms of the multi-album deal she struck last year with Universal Music Group/Republic Records.
“This album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness, and chaos,” Swift tweeted upon the midnight release of her latest project.
“It’s the first album of mine that I’ve ever owned, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
“Lover” sees Swift, no stranger to catty celebrity feuds and lyrical disses, set a mood of moving on —with a touch of snarky self-care — in her opener, “I Forgot That You Existed.”
It’s a break from 2017’s “Reputation,” when Swift momentarily tossed her princess tiara to try on the hardened snake skin of Dark Taylor.
In classic Swift form, the new album includes a streak of reflection on her past romantic woes but maintains an ebullient optimism, particularly concerning her current relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn, with several songs hinting at marriage.
“Swear to be overdramatic and true,” she sings with a self-aware wink in the album’s title track.