Taylor Swift feeds fan frenzy by releasing seven additional songs from 'Midnights'
Taylor Swift knows that her fans can never be satiated.
Their desire for new music is bottomless, and Swift is smart enough – and also genuinely appreciative of their obsessiveness – to comply.
Three hours after dropping her 10th studio album, “Midnights,” early Friday, the pop titan surprised her devotees with seven additional songs, which she dubbed the “3 a.m. Edition.”
A couple of the outtakes – “Paris,” “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” – would have fit comfortably on the original “Midnights,” but of course, that would have changed the track listing from Swift’s magical number of 13.
Others are extras for a reason, decent songs that weren’t robust enough to make the final cut but are nonetheless more content for Swift fanatics to absorb and deconstruct.
Here’s a look at the extra tracks:
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‘The Great War’
Swift utilizes a marching beat and rattling snare drum to convey this metaphoric study of the inherent battles in relationships. “Broken and blue, so I called off the truce,” she sings, while also reminding that “diesel is desire, you were playing with fire.”
‘Bigger Than The Whole Sky’
The whispering ballad is a reluctant farewell, as Swift sings with deep melancholy, “everything I touch becomes sick with sadness.” She grudgingly accepts what was not meant to be with the caveat, “so I’ll say words I don’t believe.” The light guitar at the end is a welcome presence among the prominent synths throughout “Midnights” and these bonus songs.
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A finger-snapping dance track with a stabbing beat, “Paris” best fits the vibe of the other songs on “Midnights.” Swift is at her most amusingly catty with the lyric, “The outfits were terrible, like 2003 unbearable.” Meow.
As soon as Swift sings, “Do you really want to know where I was April 29?” you just know a million of her fans started scouring the internet like the Zapruder film, trying to uncover the significance of the date. Blipping keyboards form the song’s backbone, and as with many of Swift’s more musically pedestrian songs, lyrics such as “I bent the truth too far tonight” elevate any shortcomings.
A methodically prowling electronic-heavy track that sounds like a true outtake. It’s obvious that Swift was having experimental fun in the studio with this one.
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‘Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve’
Armed with a galloping cadence and soaring chorus, the song is a wistful look back, even if “memories feel like weapons.” Swift laments that “I miss who I used to be” as she sings of other regrets that define hindsight.
The slow-burning ballad suggests that we “desert all of our past lives” and “if you don’t recognize yourself, that means you did it right.” Swift applauds the importance of secrets and plays with the vocal effects that are prominent on the "Midnight" album's “Midnight Rain.” She also gives us another lyric worthy of a T-shirt slogan: “No one sees when you lose when you’re playing solitaire.”
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