Song of the Day #5,262: ‘Vigilante Shit’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights

#6. ‘Anti-Hero

The album’s first single is a blast, breaking the pattern of weak lead singles on her last few pop albums. Swift turns her critical eye on herself and delivers the world’s catchiest therapy session.

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Song of the Day #5,261: ‘Lavender Haze’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights

#9. ‘Maroon

I like the chorus of this song better than the verses, which suffer from awkward phrasing. Overall a decent vibe.

#8. ‘Snow On the Beach

As a big Lana Del Rey fan, I was eagerly anticipating this collaboration. Unfortunately, it’s a stretch to call it that. Del Rey shares a writing credit, but her vocal contribution is relegated to some backing vocals and a couple of lines in the chorus. I wish she’d been given a verse like Phoebe Bridgers on the excellent ‘Nothing New.’ Apart from that criticism, this is a decent song.

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Song of the Day #5,260: ‘Midnight Rain’ – Taylor Swift

This week I will rank the song’s on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, in order of my preference, continuing a tradition I started with 2019’s Lover.

Midnights is Swift’s fourth album in four years, following the one-two pandemic punch of folklore and evermore, and it finds her in a much different place musically and lyrically. While those records found her telling other people’s stories in an acoustic indie style, this is a highly produced pop album about her personal and professional experiences.

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Song of the Day #5,259: ‘Bright Tonight’ – Garbage

Today’s random selection is a bonus track from Garbage’s 2012 album Not Your Kind of People.

This and other bonus tracks were released as part of a “deluxe edition” of the album, a practice that became more and more common during the CD era. Deluxe editions seemed to fade a bit as CDs gave way to streaming, but I’ve seen more of them creep up lately.

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Song of the Day #5,258: ‘1492’ – Counting Crows

Today’s random selection has the distinction of being my least favorite Counting Crows song. The opening track of the band’s fifth album, 2008’s Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, ‘1492’ is a loud and graceless rock song that lacks the nuance and melodicism of the band’s usual output.

Following four stellar albums released between 1992 and 2002, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings was the Crows’ first miss. A concept album featuring one side of rockers and one side of acoustic ballads, the collection produced only a couple of memorable tracks.

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