Taylor Swift: The depressing portrayal of modern dating by the Tortured Poets Department

Taylor Swift MTV VMA 2022. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

 NEWSLINE PAPER,- Two thirtysomething ladies who are both huge fans of Taylor Swift's music find great resonance in her most recent album in several ways. Swift's songs speak to events that many people can relate to, from negotiating relationships with partners who toyed with them to taking comfort in comfort food after heartbreak.
Although Swift is not new to delving into personal topics, her most recent album perfectly conveys the particular concerns that many millennials have about dating in the modern world. On songs like "So Long, London," she exposes the unadulterated feelings of being duped and understanding the irrevocable loss of time spent in a relationship.

Early-thirties Swiftie Rebecca Reid connects strongly with the album's themes, especially in tracks like "So Long, London," where Swift expresses the sense of having wasted youth. Reid and a great many others relate to the idea of irrevocable time lost.

An other excellent song, "Take Down Bad," captures the tears shed at the gym while trying to go on with daily life and captures the hopelessness of post-breakup sorrow. Like in Swift's songs about being too depressed to get out of bed and taking comfort in kids' cereal, even routine tasks take on emotional weight.

Approaching thirty years old and a devoted Swiftie, Saira Thwaites finds that every listen to the CD strengthens her bond with Swift's narrative. Thwaites thinks Swift captures the emptiness and numbness experienced after a breakup in very precise words.

Swift's sensitivity comes through in her performances even though she is a worldwide music superstar. As heard in songs like "I Can Do It With A Broken Heart," where Swift struggles to put on a brave face while still hurting inside, her anguish is evident even among her adoring fans during her Eras tour.

Music journalist Helen Brown observes that a generation of women finds great resonance in Swift's songs, which articulate the difficulties of contemporary relationships and the temptation to settle down. Swift's open examination of dating misery speaks to a lot of people, rich or poor.

Swift's openness to discuss her previous relationships in public begs the morality of voicing personal complaints. It might be seen as vindication by some, but a complicated problem by others. Though Brown notes Swift's narrative heritage, he stresses the need of taking responsibility for oneself.

Interest is generated by Swift's present relationship with NFL player Travis Kelce as her love life is still being closely examined. Another devoted Swiftie, Nona Uppal, feels that the album captures the happiness and fragility of falling in love with someone new while simultaneously addressing themes of hopelessness.

Ultimately, the reason Swift's songs are so popular is that they so eloquently and personally capture the whole range of human emotion, from heartbreak to newly discovered love.


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