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“Down Bad” for the Tortured Poets Department


Taylor Swift’s 11th album dropped at midnight on Thursday April 18, and countless fans tuned in to listen to Swift’s 16 new songs on what was a surprise double album release.

In light of her recent break up with British star Joe Alwyn, the new album is likely describing the heartbreaking, harrowing end of their relationship as well as the end of Swift’s relationship with singer Matty Healy. A few songs on The Tortured Poets Department are also rumored to be about her new boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end, Travis Kelce, as well as Swift’s own feelings throughout the past year.


Ever since the Grammy Awards in February, Swift has been promoting her new album The Tortured Poets Department. For the past few weeks, Swift has released multiple limited edition pre-orders of vinyls and CDs, each featuring new tracks including “The Manuscript,” “The Black Dog” and more.

Throughout her new album,  Swift continues to show off her ability to write beautiful poetry that captivates her audience.

One of my personal favorites on the album was “Fortnight,” which featured Post Malone and described the loss of a relationship and the struggle to move on with your life. In it she writes, “And I love you/ It’s ruining my life/ I touched you/ For only a fortnight”.

In the masterpiece “But Daddy I Love Him,” Swift highlights the struggle of being in a relationship that no one approves of. Through the lyrics, “Now I’m running with my dress unbuttoned/ Screaming ‘But Daddy I love him!’… No, I’m not coming to my senses/ I know he’s crazy but he’s the one I want” the song elicits the feeling of freedom and almost seems reminiscent of teenage years misbehaving. 

“Down Bad” is a song about coping with losing love and dealing with the sadness and despair that comes with heartbreak. Swift details losing someone so close to her and coping with depression afterwards; “I might just not get up/ I might stay down bad”.

Spotify Cover Art

Swift has previously left clues for her fans before releasing old albums and The Tortured Poets Department is no exception. During the Grammy Awards Swift flashed what looked like a peace sign but what many suspected was a two. This hand signal was also seen in her Spotify pop up building and many fans found it in other places as well.

Many thought that this “2” might mean a double album release with Swift’s highly anticipated Reputation (Taylor’s Version) coming out on the same day. While Reputation (Taylor’s Version) has not been released, fans were shocked when at 2am The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology was released. 

This deluxe edition album includes 15 new songs such as “The Albatross”, “The Bolter”, “The Manuscript” and more. 

Another song from this extended edition titled, “The Black Dog”, is a tragic song detailing watching an old love move on without you. With its melancholy tone and startling guitar riffs, Swift is able to capture the anxious, distressed emotions she was feeling at the time.

Pictured: Swift in her new Fortnight music video

On a lighter note, “So High School”, a song presumed to be about Swift’s new boyfriend Travis Kelce, is similar sounding to Swift’s early albums such as Red or 1989. Unlike many of the songs on The Tortured Poets Department, “So High School” is a lighthearted and fun song about a love that is uncomplicated and exciting.  

Since its release, The Tortured Poets Department has been Spotify’s most streamed album in a day garnering over 300 million streams according to USA Today. In addition, the music video for the first track, “Fortnight (feat. Post Malone)”, was released Friday the 19 and already has over 25 million views on YouTube. 

I think it’s safe to say we’ll be listening to this album for more than a fortnight.

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Maria Boone
Maria Boone, Design Editor
Maria Boone is a senior at Victor Senior High School, and this is her second year with The Victor Voice. She is the Design Editor and is excited to edit and film episodes as well as write reviews. Outside of journalism, Maria enjoys making art, working at Dick's House of Sport and is a co-president of art club.

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