The Student News Site of St. Mark's School of Texas


St. Mark's School of Texas
10600 Preston Road Dallas, TX 75230
The Student News Site of St. Mark's School of Texas


The Student News Site of St. Mark's School of Texas


Taylor Swift’s new album provides solid follow up


Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” takes listeners on a profound journey through emotional turmoil, showcasing her evolution as a songwriter. Each track immerses the audience in Swift’s inner world, where pain and introspection reign supreme, weaving a tapestry of raw vulnerability and poignant storytelling.

Something to note about this album, is typically Swift releases her music about two years apart, however she broke the long standing tradition she has kept up for much of her career with this album. Her most recent release before this album was “1989 Taylor’s version”, however that was released less than a year prior to this new piece of work.

Many fans speculate this is the result of much media attention and developments in her romantic life, more specifically involvement with her newest partner Travis Kelce.

Kicking off with the vibrant tones of “Fortnight,” featuring Post Malone, the album establishes a dynamic atmosphere for delving into themes of love, loss, and self-discovery. Swift’s lyrics vividly portray shattered dreams and wistful longing, resonating deeply with her audience. Tracks like “Albatross” and “So Long London” explore the complexities of fractured relationships, with Swift’s emotive vocals imbuing every word with authenticity.

Standout ballad “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart” showcases Swift’s mastery in capturing the subtleties of human emotion. Her vocals, accompanied by understated instrumentation, gracefully navigate themes of yearning and solitude.

However, amidst its lyrical depth, “The Tortured Poets Department” occasionally falters in its production, feeling somewhat formulaic and lacking the inventive spark of Swift’s earlier works. Tracks like “I Can Fix Him” lean into clichéd musical motifs, failing to leave a lasting impression and contributing to a sense of repetition throughout the album.

Furthermore, despite its extensive tracklist, the album falls short in delivering a diverse sonic experience, making a complete listen-through somewhat monotonous.

Nonetheless, the album remains a notable addition to Swift’s repertoire, showcasing her growth as both a storyteller and musician. While it may not reach the heights of her previous releases, its emotional resonance will undoubtedly attract new listeners, while longtime fans will appreciate its introspective themes and impassioned lyricism.

In summary, “The Tortured Poets Department” earns a commendable 7.5 rating overall, thanks to its genuine performances and heartfelt lyrics. Despite its shortcomings, it offers a compelling listening experience for those seeking authentic storytelling and memorable melodies.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Vikram Singh, Head Writer