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The best songs from Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets Department' double album

Kaitlyn Huamani, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Taylor Swift wrote so much “tortured poetry” over the past two years that she didn’t know what to do with it all.

In true TSwift fashion, the pop star surprised fans with 15 bonus songs two hours after releasing “The Tortured Poets Department” on Friday. The second installment, titled “The Anthology,” was not a true shocker to eagle-eyed Swifties who had observed the singer dropping hints about the number two since she announced the album in February at the Grammys.

With 31 tracks across the two albums, fans have been parsing through the songs and dissecting lyrics since the clock struck midnight. Here are the best songs from the double album.

‘So Long, London’

Even with its stunning melody, the lyrics are the star of this song. Fans are speculating that the track is a sequel of sorts to “London Boy” from 2019’s “Lover,” which details the highs of her relationship with former longtime partner Joe Alwyn. “So Long, London” follows Swift’s tradition of saving the most devastatingly beautiful tune for Track 5, with a level of emotional vulnerability and truth that goes beyond what the singer usually shows. “I’m pissed off you let me give you all that youth for free,” Swift sings with an edge that could kill.

“And I’m just getting color back into my face / I’m just mad as hell ‘cause I loved this place / For so long, London,” she croons as she seamlessly slips back into the chorus.

 

‘Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?’

In this searing indictment of the music business, Swift describes how the “circus life” made her “mean.” She mocks the rumors about herself that have surfaced during her time in the spotlight and executes it all with raw, fiery vocals. In the chorus, she jumps the octave to scream the song’s title — it’s haunting and unforgiving. The impactful chorus makes this song more memorable than some of its melodically repetitive peers.

‘But Daddy I Love Him’

Only Swift could pull off a song that simultaneously calls out her fan base and instantly becomes one of their favorites. In this track, which seems to address the criticism Swift faced for her brief relationship with controversial The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, Swift says she would rather “burn [her] whole life down” than “listen to one more second of all this bitching and moaning” about the fling. The verses lean into Swift’s country roots then bloom into a familiar pop-infused chorus.

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