Song of the Day #4,093: ‘The Archer’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s Lover.

9. ‘Daylight’ – The album’s delicate closing track looks back at the rocky road — romantically and professionally — Swift has taken to arrive at a place where she finally feels fulfilled. On Lover, Swift seems more self-aware and more at peace than ever, and this song does a lovely job of describing how she got there.

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Song of the Day #4,092: ‘The Man’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s Lover.

12. ‘Lover’ – The title track and fourth single. I like the sound of this song a lot better than the lyrics. The verses have a really cool ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ quality. But I have a hard time taking the word “lover” seriously — it conjures up images of Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch in a hot tub. And “we could leave the Christmas lights up til January” — who doesn’t do that? Still, very solid song.

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Song of the Day #4,091: ‘Afterglow’ – Taylor Swift

After the two week Quentin Tarantino countdown, I’m still in the mood to rank things. So I thought I’d try something new and comment on a new album by ranking all of its songs in order over the course of a week.

Taylor Swift’s Lover gets the honor. Released a few weeks back, this album has gotten better with each listen. It feels like a natural synthesis of Swift’s country and pop periods, as well as her most mature and best-sounding album yet. I’ve always had a soft spot for Speak Now, but Lover might surpass it as my favorite Swift album.

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Song of the Day #4,090: ‘Restless’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ sophomore album, You’re Gonna Get It!, was released in 1978, between the band’s 1976 debut album and 1979’s classic Damn the Torpedoes.

As such, it suffers a bit from middle child syndrome, and was received rather tepidly by critics. It produced two singles, ‘Listen to Her Heart‘ and ‘I Need to Know.’

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Song of the Day #4,089: ‘Walking On Thin Ice’ – Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello and the Attractions recorded this cover of Yoko Ono’s ‘Walking On Thin Ice’ for a 1984 Yoko tribute album titled Every Man Has a Woman.

It was later released on Costello’s compilation Out of Our Idiot and finally on the reissue of Punch the Clock, where I first heard it. It’s pretty great.

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Song of the Day #4,088: ‘Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)’ – The Delfonics

Concluding my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#1 – Jackie Brown

1997’s Jackie Brown is the least Tarantino movie Quentin Tarantino has ever made, making it rather ironic that I consider it his best.

This is the only film Tarantino has adapted from existing material (the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch), though he changed the name and race of the title character in order to cast blaxploitation mainstay Pam Grier as his lead.

This period in the mid to late 90s was a goldmine for Elmore Leonard adaptations. Get Shorty came out in ’95 and Out of Sight in ’98, with Tarantino’s film sandwiched between them.

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Song of the Day #4,087: ‘Cat People (Putting Out Fire)’ – David Bowie

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#2 – Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino cheekily ends his 2009 World War II fantasy Inglourious Basterds with the line “I think this just might be my masterpiece.” He was on to something.

That line is spoken by Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine, after carving a swastika into a Nazi’s forehead so the man will never be able to blend into polite society after the war. That uncompromising thirst for justice drives this film, which rewrites history in brazen and thoroughly satisfying ways (much as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would a decade later).

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