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Taylor Swift’s Deluxe Tracks Leave Us In Awe Of The Tortured Poet’s Department

Edited by Iceis Augustino

The Tortured Poet's Department: The Anthology album cover
Photo Credit: Taylor Swift

April 19th, 2024, has been a long-awaited day for many of us Swifties. This was the release of Taylor Swift's newest album, The Tortured Poet's Department. However, she surprised us all at 2 am and released a deluxe version of it that was well titled The Tortured Poet's Department: The Anthology. The album was produced by Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, and many others. A lot of the songs that Aaron worked on are part of the anthology part, which is the last 15 of 31 songs of the album. This album is full of sadness and pain, and it almost feels like diary entries to me. The bonus tracks begin with 'The Black Dog', which was a single that Taylor teased during one of her shows after announcing the album itself. She released four different versions of the album, all different shades of beige and gray, signaling the different stages of grief. 'The Black Dog,' 'The Bolter,' 'The Albatross,' and 'The Manuscript' were all the songs that Taylor teased from the album during four of her shows between South America and Australia back a few months ago.

'The Black Dog'

This song refers to a bar named the Black Dog, and it sounds like a relationship that is full of untrust and dishonesty. The antagonist of the song was unfaithful to her, and like the lyrics say, "Old habits die screaming." The pain that she went through because of this broken relationship made her feel so much pain and torture that she thought back to the night she found out about the infidelity as the antagonist forgot to turn off their location on their phone and led them straight to the aforementioned bar.

'The Bolter'

This song tells the story of a girl who survived a drowning when she was a kid and how her friends used to make fun of her for running from relationships when they were just getting good. But little did they know that she left for a reason. It reminded her that she was alive. She thinks back to the dates she had with someone and how sweet and romantic they were, but it ended up in a toxic relationship and ended in slammed doors. It is just a song about the endless cycles of backs and o forths when it comes to relationships and how it's easy to run from those things. "It feels like the time she fell through the ice. Then came out alive."

'The Albatross'

"She's the albatross. She is here to destroy you." The song screams that Taylor went through a lot during her career and that people tried to warn others against her for no reason. The fake news and rumors that spread about her were spread like absolute wildfire, and it dehumanized her. "I'm the albatross. I swept in at the rescue. The devil that you know looks now more like an angel." This shows that she showed who she really was and that she wasn't a bad person to begin with.

'The Manuscript'

This song reads like the manuscript of a broken heart. The breakup tore her down to her bones, and she needed a lot of help to get through the pain of it. Thinking back to how the relationship was. She noticed that 'looking backwards might be the way to move forward." Sometimes, thinking back to what caused the relationship to fall apart can help someone move past it and move on with their lives. "The only thing left is the manuscript / One last souvenir from my trip to your shores / Now and then I re-read the manuscript / but the story isn't mine anymore."

She is about to continue her world tour of her Eras Tour, and she is coming back to the States later this year for another tour of the US, coming to new cities. If you can, find a ticket and go see her live, she will not disappoint. Check out tour dates on her website down below.


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