Lover is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift , released on August 23, , through Republic Records. Defined by Swift as "a love letter to love itself", Lover celebrates the full spectrum of love, using light and bright tones that depart from the dark nature of its predecessor, Reputation The album's music videos and art direction marked a change in Swift's visual appearance, which now embodies a summer aesthetic, consisting mostly of pastel colors. Lover contains collaborations with Brendon Urie and The Chicks. It was preceded by three singles, all of which entered the top-ten of Billboard Hot : " Me! Breaking a string of records, all 18 tracks of Lover charted simultaneously on the Hot , including " The Man " which peaked at number 23 and later became the fourth single. Lover was praised by critics, who commended Swift's songwriting conveying emotional maturity and growth; however, a few critics found the album lengthy and sprawling. Moving , units first-week in the United States, Lover debuted atop the Billboard , giving Swift her sixth consecutive number-one album in the country. Globally, Lover was the top selling studio album of , selling over 3.
And then you revert back to what you know about the structure of a song in order to fill in the gaps. I was in Nashville. I got out of bed. I think it was really late at night, and stumbled over to the piano.
It was released on August 16, , through Republic Records , as the third single from the album. Solely written by Swift and co-produced with Jack Antonoff , "Lover" is a country ballad and waltz that draws influences from folk , indie folk , pop and torch. The lyrics exhibit devotion to her romantic partner, with a whimsical tone, over a guitar-centric sound, slow tempo, booming snare and nostalgic instrumentals. Music critics praised its vintage quality and Swift's songwriting. The song's music video was co-directed by Swift and Drew Kirsch and features dancer Christian Owens as Swift's love interest. Premiering on August 22, , the video adopts a Christmas aesthetic and follows a couple living inside a dollhouse with seven distinctly-colored rooms inside a snow globe. On November 13, , Swift released a duet remix of the song, featuring Canadian singer Shawn Mendes. On November 26, , Swift released a second remix with a reworked orchestral arrangement , titled "First Dance Remix". Both remixes received positive reviews from music critics.
On her seventh album, Taylor Swift is a little wiser and a lot more in love. Though uneven, Lover is a bright, fun album with great emotional honesty. These 18 songs are odes to the things she loves most and knows best: her boyfriend and her mom, the West Village and the West End, and, always and forever on a Taylor Swift album, being in love. Lover is the suggestion that the right person, the right song, might lift heartbreak from your life, too. Is it the prickly cotton-candy production or the lyrical detail or the vocal echo or just the event album-ness of it all that keeps Lover in the foreground, song after song? Rihanna or Robyn might intend their new music to sound entirely fresh; Swift, our most conventional pop star, builds atop what has worked already. On a Taylor Swift album? Am I losing my mind?