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Taylor Swift - Lover (2019) Published: August 23/19 Released: August 23/19 albumPop18 Tracks • 61 Minutes
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89%
    SELECTED LINE: The sound of an artist excited to be earnest again. -The Independent (UK)
    Lover is the seventh studio album by Taylor Swift, released by Taylor Swift on August 23, 2019.
    Preview
    1. I Forgot That You Existed2:50
    2. Cruel Summer2:58
    3. Lover3:41
    4. The Man3:10
    5. The Archer3:31
    6. I Think He Knows2:53
    7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince3:54
    8. Paper Rings3:42
    9. Cornelia Street4:47
    10. Death By A Thousand Cuts3:18
    11. London Boy3:10
    12. Soon You'll Get Better (feat. Dixie Chicks)3:21
    13. False God3:20
    14. You Need To Calm Down2:51
    15. Afterglow3:43
    16. ME! (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disc...3:13
    17. It's Nice To Have A Friend2:30
    18. Daylight4:53
℗ 2019 Taylor Swift
Critic Reviews (100)

An album that may perhaps mark the end of phase two of the Taylor-verse (ie. the one where Swift transitioned from talented country queen to super slick, all-conquering pop star), if Lover does mark the closing of that chapter in her life, she’s certainly finishing it with a bang.

1 month ago

Hot Press Hot Press

Ultimately, Lover is overstuffed and meandering, but serves as a positive reprieve from her past struggles in the public eye, and represents an artist at the peak of her creativity, power, and—one hopes—continued romantic bliss.

70% 1 month ago

PopMatters PopMatters

Lover is a joyous ride – perhaps looking backwards too often but still both thrilling and endearing – with one of the finest songwriters of the modern era.

1 month ago

The Quietus The Quietus

She is not letting go of her dominating pop star status anytime soon.

1 month ago

A Bit of Pop Music A Bit of Pop Music

She is here. She is relevant. She is unstoppable.

1 month ago

Culturess Culturess

‘Lover’ is a serviceable pop album released at a time when she could be ahead of the curve, like Madonna always seemed to be in the 1990s.

60% 1 month ago

Stereoboard (UK) Stereoboard (UK)

Lover is an example of her talent as a lyricist and musical powerhouse.

90% 1 month ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

Lover is Taylor Swift's best album since Speak Now.

70% 1 month ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

I think it’s a romantic and upbeat album that’s different from her past albums.

1 month ago

Her Campus Her Campus

Taylor Swift’s songwriting is better than ever.

1 month ago


She’s unburdened by love, and that explosive happiness makes itself present across this record.

70% 1 month ago

No Ripcord No Ripcord

It feels half its length in execution.

84% 1 month ago

Earbuddy Earbuddy

Taylor further proves her writing chops with endearing and catchy love songs.

70% 1 month ago

nzherald nzherald

It’s a triumphant return to form.

1 month ago

Weekender Weekender

If Lover is pulling a trick, it’s convincing us we need Taylor Swift around.

70% 1 month ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

A generous album.

1 month ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

With ‘Lover’, Swift shows that she hasn’t forgotten what made her music special in the past, but she is also finally maturing and moving on to the next chapter in this long-running narrative.

80% 1 month ago

GoldenPlec GoldenPlec

A mediocre shrug.

58% 1 month ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

Lover left us charmed but unmoved.

1 month ago

Jezebel Jezebel

This is the pleasant sound of both business-as-usual, and a decade-defining artist closing her twenties and entering a new era.

1 month ago

The National (AE) The National (AE) (TOP)

With its lighter, more atmospheric sound on many tracks, there is actually some quite positive development on this record.

60% 1 month ago

Ultimate Guitar Ultimate Guitar

Though uneven, Lover is a bright, fun album with great emotional honesty.

71% 1 month ago


Lover‘s Swift at her best: giddy, clever and still utterly in love with love.

1 month ago

Soundigest Soundigest

It’s staggeringly long, oddly sequenced, and quite possibly Swift’s most consistently pleasing record.

1 month ago


Her songwriting is as careful, detailed and impressive as ever, she's nestled into a perfect pop niche, and it seems like being totally in love has let her head drift off into the clouds a bit.

80% 1 month ago

Exclaim Exclaim

When this album’s good, it’s very, very good.

80% 1 month ago

Metro Newspaper UK Metro Newspaper UK

Taylor achieved exactly what she set out to do with the LP. She celebrated love in its various forms.

80% 1 month ago

Idolator Idolator

A lengthy return to form for the pop artist and the logical next step in her style and sound.

1 month ago

Atwood Magazine Atwood Magazine

As she reconciles her country roots with her pop explorations, she transcends her past and embraces love.

1 month ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

Lover feels like the natural end of an arc, the end of a cadence.

80% 1 month ago

Substream Magazine Substream Magazine

Taylor Swift takes the high road on the more mature Lover.

75% 1 month ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

The superstar’s new album has plenty that will please her fans as well as songs for those who are new to her music.

1 month ago

The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal (TOP)

Lover shines in its quietest moments.

1 month ago


Lover is one of her strongest, most relatable albums to date.

91% 1 month ago


Taylor Swift seems exhausted.

1 month ago

UPROXX UPROXX

What makes Lover a good album for Swift's evolution is how much she now chooses to evoke rather than explain.

1 month ago


I found myself questioning her intentions one too many times as she seems lost within herself.

1 month ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

The 18-track LP, which spans roughly one hour from start to finish, perfectly encapsulates love in all its blazing and heart-wrenching glory.

1 month ago


The old Taylor has resurrected and she sounds better than she has in a long time.

80% 1 month ago

Aftonbladet Aftonbladet

Lover—her seventh album and the first one she owns, in addition to being her first for Republic proper as opposed to Big Machine—vibes, thrives, and succeeds.

1 month ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

It’s better than reputation and second to 1989, which I consider her masterpiece.

1 month ago

Elaine L. Elaine L.

After the hard edges of 2017’s Reputation, Swift’s latest album revisits the catchy pop and romantic concerns that made her name.

60% 1 month ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

Lover signifies a return to Swift’s Red era of devastatingly emotional ballads, with 1989’s pop-y flair and glimpses of Reputation’s razor-sharp wit.

1 month ago

Vogue Magazine Vogue Magazine (TOP)

A dazzling return to form following the messy “Reputation.”

1 month ago

The Daily Beast The Daily Beast (TOP)

Lover, as a whole, showcases Swift’s unmatchable talent of using specificity to evoke the familiar emotions that come with searching for love, finding love, and moving on once that love has been lost.

1 month ago


‘Lover’ once again reunites the Swift-Antonoff writing and production team for some of the record’s finest moments.

70% 1 month ago

Clash Music Clash Music

18 earnestly epic tracks from America's loved-up sweetheart.

80% 1 month ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

Despite all the rainbows, Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ is pretty beige.

60% 1 month ago

The Harvard Crimson The Harvard Crimson

More than either 1989 or Reputation, Lover seems fully realized and mature: Swift is embracing all aspects of her personality, from the hopeful dreamer to the coolly controlled craftsman, resulting in a record that's simultaneously familiar and surprising.

80% 1 month ago

AllMusic AllMusic

This is Taylor, and this is pop music, in 2019.

1 month ago


Swift finds her state of grace on Lover's more personal, sincere, and quiet tracks.

1 month ago

POPDUST POPDUST

Listeners are always equidistant from good and bad on Taylor Swift's seventh album.

66% 1 month ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

The result is a dreamy record that makes good use of its stylistic freedom.

1 month ago


“Lover” is entirely too long, but somewhere in these 18 tracks is a terrific 12-track album.

80% 1 month ago

knoxnews knoxnews

She has delivered a likeably personal record.

75% 1 month ago


Not just a compelling pop figure, but an essential one.

70% 1 month ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

Lover is pure Taylor Swift, at her most content and confident.

1 month ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

An album that trends small and soft and personal.

1 month ago

Stereogum Stereogum

The old Taylor is back on Lover and the best she’s been in years.

1 month ago

Vulture Vulture

“Lover,” her reassuringly strong seventh album, is a palate cleanse, a recalibration and a reaffirmation of old strengths.

1 month ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Swift demonstrates a kind of emotional wisdom on “Lover” — that feels like the simple, if hard-won, result of nothing but experience.

1 month ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

It is one of her best albums to date, if not her greatest.

100% 1 month ago

Digital Journal Digital Journal

A perfect snapshot of her life—and possibly her best pop album.

1 month ago

The Ringer The Ringer

The superb new 18-track collection finds Swift looking backward and forward through the lens of love — both present and absent, lustfully and wistfully, friendly and concerned.

1 month ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

The hits will keep coming.

63% 1 month ago

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (TOP)

I didn't think I could love Taylor Swift's music more than I already do, but her recent Lover album made me fall head over heels yet again.

1 month ago

POPSUGAR POPSUGAR

Using hazy hues of pink, blue, and purple, Swift paints a world full of lovers, drunken nights openly crying on the streets, and has made one of her most intimate albums yet.

1 month ago


Most of the hour passes extremely enjoyably.

1 month ago


The middle of the middle is exactly where Swift’s latest album, “Lover,” stands.

1 month ago

Washington Post Washington Post (TOP)

Were these songs created by a pop hits algorithm or something?

1 month ago


Lover is an album of revelation through pain that sees Swift pushing herself in surprising ways.

2 months ago


As a start-to-finish dive into Swift’s world, Lover is her best effort since Red, the album that transitioned her from teen phenom to grown-up superstar.

2 months ago


The music here is euphoric enough to be enjoyed on its own terms.

2 months ago


Lover is an excellent return to form.

90% 2 months ago

Rock Sins Rock Sins

You just have to sit back and appreciate every ounce of warmth and honesty Swift provides.

2 months ago

theMusic.com.au theMusic.com.au

She has embraced her inner swot on a smart, frequently funny pop and country album that demonstrates how good a songwriter she can be. It shows what is possible when you put your mind to it.

80% 2 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Lover is her best album.

2 months ago

Virgin Radio (FR) Virgin Radio (FR)

Throughout this sonically cohesive album, her Grammy award-winning talent is undeniable.

100% 2 months ago

Channel24 (South Africa) Channel24 (South Africa)

It is as a work of imagination that Lover proves most satisfying, a carefully plotted and excellently performed distillation of the qualities that have made Swift one of her generation’s definitive pop stars.

100% 2 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

Personal songs that create a world designed for two.

80% 2 months ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

A dreamy and thrilling adventure.

2 months ago


A masterful, heartfelt pop spectacle.

2 months ago


It succeeds in spite of its clunkier moments because Swift’s melodies are frequently dazzling and her loved-up lyrics are ultimately quite touching.

80% 2 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

A lot of this, you’ve heard before.

2 months ago

Showbiz 411 Showbiz 411

Swift's new eighteen tracks feature some of her most eclectic and personal work yet.

2 months ago

Popcrush Popcrush

A sprawling 18-track effort that’s less focused and more openhearted than anything she’s released since “Red”.

2 months ago


Swift doesn’t just turn the page in her diary, but she sprinkles some glitter on it, tears it out and sends it up to the heavens on a colorful hot-air balloon.

88% 2 months ago


The collection of 18 genre-busting, sonically thrilling songs are largely to the point and literal lyrically.

2 months ago


Lover has something for everyone to enjoy.

2 months ago

Stuff Stuff

Finally, these love songs have a happy ending.

80% 2 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

A confusing album.

2 months ago

Junkee Junkee

Zippy, feminist electropop about young love – and watching rugby down the pub.

80% 2 months ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

Thankfully all 18 tracks work together, meandering their way lyrically from contentment to anger to lust to infatuation to heartache and back again, allowing for the full spectrum of love.

80% 2 months ago

Metro Newspaper UK Metro Newspaper UK

As a reflection of what Taylor Swift loves, Lover is whimsical, moving, imperfect, exhilarating. It’s a detailed snapshot that will endure.

2 months ago


The sound of an artist excited to be earnest again.

80% 2 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

An album filled with big-hearted love songs and diary-honest lyrics. She sounds just right.

2 months ago


Packing the emotional depth of Red and the artistic daring of 1989, Lover proves that, even after all these years, she’s still Fearless.

2 months ago


Her most mature collection as well as her most fun one.

2 months ago


Big moods, dreamy Eighties throwbacks and evolutionary freedom.

80% 2 months ago


Its something-for-everyone approach feels like consolidation, not progress.

60% 2 months ago

User Reviews (5)

Iheartchewie4 months ago
People need to chill Why can’t people just take the music at face value? They’re light hearted, catchy tunes, she doesn’t need to have super deep soul crushing lyrics to make a good album. I don’t think the intention of this album is supposed to be anything more than being happy with yourself, having fun, more love-less hate, and being sort of cheeky. Just go with it! Stop expecting everything to be profound lol.

blah683214 months ago
Soo fun It is a good happy album

casaholla4 months ago
boring and childish can we just go back to the period from her debut to 1989 when her music was actually good? ever since look what you made me do her music has just been ugly, and now this is somehow even worse than reputation. both me! and you need to calm down sound like they were written for a disney movie or kidz bop. taylor, please just make good music and stop relying on namepower and extravagant music videos for chart success. sincerely, all of us

Katie M.R.4 months ago
Pop BOPS She’s done it again. New bass sounds, fun melodies and harmonies, and lyrics that are next level 😍

kirby3564 months ago
How is she getting worse? How is it that her self written album she wrote at 19 more thought provoking and better written than whatever mess these two new tracks are at 30 years old? This is just sad.
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