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With a collection of 31 songs, I expected to be excited with all the new material, but I only really enjoyed about 4 songs.
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Taylor Swift is a transformative artist who started her country music career and went on successfully to pop. Her music path started in her early life and ended with her astonishing debut album at just 16 years old. With the release of “1989,” Swift’s transition to pop was established, setting a benchmark in her career. Her albums have achieved multi-platinum status, and her numerous Grammy wins testify to her outstanding songwriting skills and musical capacity.


“THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT: THE ANTHOLOGY” came to fans as a surprise release at 2:00 a.m. after the release of “THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT” on April 19, 2024. Fans had theorized up until its release that it would be a double album; however, fans were not expecting the anthology to release. The additional 15 songs were a big shock to fans and resulted in “THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT: THE ANTHOLOGY,” a collection of 31 new songs for fans to fall in love with.

This album was, and I apologize in advance for this, a bit monotonous and boring. Almost every song felt too similar to differentiate and left me with a longing for more. With a collection of 31 songs, I expected to be excited with all the new material, but I only really enjoyed about 4 songs. This album was a huge letdown for me; with all the buildup, it just felt anti-climactic. I really wanted to love this album, but there was not enough variation for me to get excited.

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As shown above, many of these songs I thought were just okay, but nothing too memorable. I’ve enjoyed so many of Taylor’s albums, but this one just fell short for me. I’ve discussed this with many friends, and I’ve come to the consensus that this album is way too break-up and sad for me to understand at this time. That being said, should an album be made for one emotion, or should it be made more universal? I expected at least a few happier or more upbeat songs, but it was so one-toned.


With all that out of the way, here are some lyrics I enjoyed and were specifically memorable:

 

Fortnight (Ft. Post Malone)

  • I took the miracle move-on drug, the effects were temporary
  • I love you, it’s ruining my life

The Tortured Poets Department

  • “You’re not Dylan Thomas, I’m not Patti Smith
    This ain’t the Chelsea Hotel, we’rе modern idiots”
  • I scratch your head, you fall asleep
    Like a tattooed golden retriever

So Long, London

  • I stoppеd CPR, after all, it’s no use
    The spirit was gonе, we would never come to
    And I’m pissed off you let me give you all that youth for free
  • My white-knuckle dying grip
    Holding tight to your quiet resentment
  • You swore that you loved me, but where were the clues?
    I died on the altar waitin’ for the proof
  • And I’m just getting color back into my face
    I’m just mad as hell ’cause I loved this place for
    So (So), long (Long), London (London)

But Daddy I Love Him

  • I’d rather burn my whole life down
    Than listen to one more second of all this b****in’ and moanin’
  • I’ll tell you something ’bout my good name
    It’s mine alone to disgrace

Florida!!!

  • Well, me and my ghosts, wе had a hell of a time
    Yes, I’m hauntеd, but I’m feeling just fine
  • Love left me like this and I don’t want to exist

Guilty as Sin?

  • Am I allowed to cry?
  • Without ever touchin’ his skin
    How can I be guilty as sin?
  • They’re gonna crucify me anyway
    What if the way you hold me is actually what’s holy?
  • I choose you and me religiously

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  • You shit-talked me under the table
    Talkin’ rings and talkin’ cradles
  • Are they second-hand embarrassed
    That I can’t get out of bed
    ‘Cause something counterfeit’s dead?
  • The coward claimed he was a lion
    I’m combing through the braids of lies
  • You’re the loss of my life

I Can Do It With A Broken Heart

  • He said he’d love me all his life
    But that life was too short
  • I’m so depressed, I act like it’s my birthday every day
    I’m so obsessed with him, but he avoids me like the plague

The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived

  • I would’ve died for your sins, instead, I just died inside

The Alchemy

  • This happens once every few lifetimes
    These chemicals hit me like white wine

The Black Dog

  • Old habits die screaming
  • Six weeks of breathin’ clean air
    I still miss the smoke
  • Even if I die screaming
    And I hope you hear it

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  • Pick your poison, babe, I’m poison either way

The Albatross

  • A rose by any other name is a scandal
  • Wise men once read fake news
    And they believed it

Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus

  • Hands in the hair of somebody in darkness
    Named Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus
    And I just watched it happen
  • If you wanna break my cold, cold heart
    Just say, “I loved you the way that you were”
  • Down that passage in time back to the moment
    I crashed into you, like so many wrecks do
    Too impaired by my youth to know what to do

How Did It End

  • My beloved ghost and me
    Sitting in a tree
    D-Y-I-N-G

So High School

  • Are you gonna marry, kiss or kill me? (Kill me)
    It’s just a game, but really (Really)

I Hate It Here

  • Quick, quick, tell me something awful
    Like you are a poet trapped inside the body of a finance guy

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  • And it wasn’t a fair fight
    Or a clean kill each time that Aimee stompеd across my grave
  • But when I count the scars, there’s a moment of truth
    That there wouldn’t be this if there hadn’t been you

The Prophecy

  • I got cursed like Eve got bitten
    Oh, was it punishment?
  • Please
    I’ve been on my knees
    Change the prophecy
  • A greater woman has faith
    But even statues crumble if they’re made to wait

Cassandra

  • When it’s “Burn the b****,” they’re shrieking
    When the truth comes out, it’s quiet
  • They say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you aware”
    What happens if it becomes who you are?
  • You can mark my words that I said it first
    In a mourning warning, no one heard

The Bolter

  • Started with a kiss
    “Oh, we must stop meeting like this”
    But it always ends up with a town car speeding
    Out the drive one evening
  • Ended with the slam of a door
    Then he’ll call her a wh***
    Wish he wouldn’t be sore

Robin

  • Way to go, tiger
    Higher and higher
    Wilder and lighter
    For you
  • Long may you roar
    At your dinosaurs
  • Covered in mud, you look ridiculous
    And you have no idea
  • You got the dragonflies above your bed
    You have a favorite spot on the swing set
    You have no room in your dreams for regrets
  • The time will arrive for the cruel and the mean
    You’ll learn to bounce back just like your trampoline
    But now we’ll curtail your curiosity
    In sweetness

Sadly, this album gets around a 5.8 out of 10. The amount of songs that felt one note really drove me away from this album, and will likely not get much of a listen from me. With the amount of promotion and advertisement for this album, I was extremely excited, but sadly was let down. If you’re looking for an album full of slow, sad songs, this would be great for you, however, I was not the biggest fan.


Find THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT: THE ANTHOLOGY on most streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, and more!

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