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The Tortured Poets Department: Album Review


On April 19, 2024 Taylor Swift released her long and awaited album, The Tortured Poets Department.

     Taylor announced this very special album on February 4, 2024 at the 66th annual Grammy awards ceremony. All the Swifties were expecting the re-recording of her 6th studio album, reputation. Instead, Swift shocked the world with the announcement of her brand new 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department. When Taylor announced the tracklist for the album, fans went crazy. The album has 31 songs with features including Post Malone and Florence & The Machine. When the album came out at midnight, she surprised fans with an anthology edition of the album, much like how she did with her album Midnights. This version included 15 extra songs.

     Freshman Hailee Riggeal streamed the album the second it came out and was not that surprised with the album’s songs. “I definitely felt like what everyone thought it was going to be. The fans knew it was going to be somewhat of a more slow and sad album.” Although lots of the songs on the album are trending, Hailee’s favorite is The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived. “This is definitely my favorite song on the album because I love the meaning behind it and it has a very catchy bridge.”

     Freshman Chase Brodhead was super excited about the release of the album and even preordered the album upon its announcement. “I believe this is one of her better albums because it truly tells a story.” This album is based around her recent breakup with actor Joe Alwyn and through music she tells her fans about her feelings. “My favorite song on the album is Florida!!! (Feat. Florence + the Machine). I feel like the song is very different compared to the rest of the album. I also love the title track because it felt like the perfect song to resemble the album.”

     In conclusion, this album is beautifully written and very poetic although being very different from Taylor’s usual discography. 

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