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« I forgot that you existed, And I thought that it would kill me, but it didn't. » Does Taylor Swift still hold a grudge ? From the opening moments of Lover, you’d be hard pressed to think otherwise. At a first glance, it would seem that the venomous tongue so prominent on Reputation (2017) is on the warpath again, feuding against Kanye West, Katy Perry or her ex… But the superstar has more tact and good sense than to needlessly prolong any in-fighting. Maintaining a mostly indifferent stance to the much-publicised conflicts, her seventh album blends romantic pop, deep introspection and socio-political commentary on the United States as a whole, whilst never straying too far without reminding us of her country singer-songwriter roots. The first and foremost example is the acoustic gem Lover, where she pays tribute to her partner of three years, Joe Alwyn. Far from being sirupy, she has a few humorous notes: « Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover / And you'll save all your dirtiest jokes for me ». The waltz’s light-hearted tone is follow by t The Man’s activist synth-popShe jokes: « If I was flashing my dollars I’d be a bitch not a baller ». The title itself is a clear explicitation of her feminist message – how would she have been portrayed by the media if she had been a man ? – her questioning stance verges on disillusion, albeit with some nuance, with Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince. American high schools are reinterpreted as a symbol of the United States’ decline: « American glory faded before me / Now I'm feeling hopeless, ripped up my prom dress / Running through rose thorns, I saw the scoreboard / And ran for my life ». Swift also dedicates You Need To Calm Down to all the homophobic haters, as a way of telling them that their outrage and agitation are in vain.  


The best moments of Lover are those where the 29-year old reduces the cotton-candy production to a minimum, letting the listener get a glimpse of her private life – outside of any real-life-fantasy boyfriend. Soon You’ll Get Better could have just been acoustic filler – a simple, calm moment intended to make these 18 tracks more digestible. However,  by tackling her mother’s cancer, the ensuing chaos and panic, and her own feelings about that traumatic time, Swift centers the focus of the album on the diverse experiences of love, with a newfound maturity. Lover might be a pop record, by one of the biggest superstars in the past decade, but it’s also the proof that in 2019, the genre doesn’t necessarily rhyme with empty or tasteless. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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1
I Forgot That You Existed
00:02:50

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Hughes, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Dukes, Producer - Joe Harrison, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Adam King Feeney, ComposerLyricist - Louis Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Adam Feeney, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - David Urquidi, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Serafin Aguilar, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Strumwasser, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

2
Cruel Summer
00:02:58

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Annie Clark, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Sound Effects, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

3
Lover
00:03:41

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

4
The Man
00:03:10

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joel Little, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

5
The Archer
00:03:31

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

6
I Think He Knows
00:02:53

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

7
Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince
00:03:54

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joel Little, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

8
Paper Rings
00:03:42

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Nick Mills, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikey Hart, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

9
Cornelia Street
00:04:47

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

10
Death By A Thousand Cuts
00:03:18

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

11
London Boy
00:03:10

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Spears, ComposerLyricist - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Idris Elba, Unknown, Other - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - James Corden, Unknown, Other - Sounwave, Producer, Co-Producer - Nick Mills, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cautious Clay, ComposerLyricist - Sean Hutchinson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Evan Smith, Keyboards, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mikey Freedom Hart, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

12
Soon You’ll Get Better
00:03:21

Martie Maguire, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Chicks, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Emily Strayer, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

13
False God
00:03:20

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Lewis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brent Kolatalo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Cassidy Ladden, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Bost, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Evan Smith, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Riddleberger, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mikey Freedom Hart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

14
You Need To Calm Down
00:02:51

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joel Little, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

15
Afterglow
00:03:43

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank Dukes, Producer - Joe Harrison, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Adam King Feeney, ComposerLyricist - Louis Bell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Tavares, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Feeney, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

16
ME!
00:03:13

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joel Little, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BRENDON URIE, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

17
It’s Nice To Have A Friend
00:02:30

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Dukes, Producer - Joe Harrison, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Adam King Feeney, ComposerLyricist - Louis Bell, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Tavares, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Feeney, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

18
Daylight
00:04:53

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Swift, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Mills, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Taylor Swift

Album Description

« I forgot that you existed, And I thought that it would kill me, but it didn't. » Does Taylor Swift still hold a grudge ? From the opening moments of Lover, you’d be hard pressed to think otherwise. At a first glance, it would seem that the venomous tongue so prominent on Reputation (2017) is on the warpath again, feuding against Kanye West, Katy Perry or her ex… But the superstar has more tact and good sense than to needlessly prolong any in-fighting. Maintaining a mostly indifferent stance to the much-publicised conflicts, her seventh album blends romantic pop, deep introspection and socio-political commentary on the United States as a whole, whilst never straying too far without reminding us of her country singer-songwriter roots. The first and foremost example is the acoustic gem Lover, where she pays tribute to her partner of three years, Joe Alwyn. Far from being sirupy, she has a few humorous notes: « Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover / And you'll save all your dirtiest jokes for me ». The waltz’s light-hearted tone is follow by t The Man’s activist synth-popShe jokes: « If I was flashing my dollars I’d be a bitch not a baller ». The title itself is a clear explicitation of her feminist message – how would she have been portrayed by the media if she had been a man ? – her questioning stance verges on disillusion, albeit with some nuance, with Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince. American high schools are reinterpreted as a symbol of the United States’ decline: « American glory faded before me / Now I'm feeling hopeless, ripped up my prom dress / Running through rose thorns, I saw the scoreboard / And ran for my life ». Swift also dedicates You Need To Calm Down to all the homophobic haters, as a way of telling them that their outrage and agitation are in vain.  


The best moments of Lover are those where the 29-year old reduces the cotton-candy production to a minimum, letting the listener get a glimpse of her private life – outside of any real-life-fantasy boyfriend. Soon You’ll Get Better could have just been acoustic filler – a simple, calm moment intended to make these 18 tracks more digestible. However,  by tackling her mother’s cancer, the ensuing chaos and panic, and her own feelings about that traumatic time, Swift centers the focus of the album on the diverse experiences of love, with a newfound maturity. Lover might be a pop record, by one of the biggest superstars in the past decade, but it’s also the proof that in 2019, the genre doesn’t necessarily rhyme with empty or tasteless. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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