Taylor Swift and the Millennial Dilemma – Crisis Magazine

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The pop star’s latest album is meant to be reflective, but when reflection is limited to purely the pursuit of self-knowledge, one forges a downward spiral into the human psyche that leads to an anxious loop of overanalyzing.

aylor Swift has broken records yet again with her most recent album, Midnights. Upon release, ten tracks off the album occupied all ten top slots on the Billboard Top 100. The rush of fans vying for a chance to see her upcoming tour practically broke Ticketmaster. Swift clearly still has a hold on the public as a cultural icon.

However, the album itself received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, the recurring comments acknowledging that, despite Swift’s three-album break from autobiographical writing, Midnights had nothing new to say. 

As a listener, I kept waiting for these reflections on late-night reminiscences to offer a resolution or a revelation, neither of which ever came. Despite the urgings of her most popular single (“It’s me, hi. I’m the problem, it’s me”), she’s not the problem for the album’s disappointing track list—she is only an echo of the millennial-made god of introspection, a god which is ultimately unsatisfying. 

Taylor Swift and the Millennial Dilemma – Crisis Magazine

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