As her new single ME! continues to ride high on the charts, Taylor Swift has revealed more about what’s to come with her seventh studio album, and how it’ll be different from her last album, reputation.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Taylor revealed that she started working on the new album after wrapping up her last tour, and wrote it under three months — even though it will have more songs than any of her previous albums.
“I try not to go into making an album with any expectation,” Taylor said about her writing process with the new album. “I started to write so much that I knew immediately it would probably be bigger.”
“There’s a lot of a lot on this album,” she said. “I’m trying to convey an emotional spectrum. I definitely don’t wanna have too much of one thing…. You get some joyful songs and you get the bops, as they say.” There’s also, she adds, some “really, really, really, really sad songs,” but “not enough to where you need to worry about me.”
Taylor also revealed that she’s more comfortable being vulnerable on the new album thanks to the vulnerability her fans have shown her.
“This time around I feel more comfortable being brave enough to be vulnerable, because my fans are brave enough to be vulnerable with me,” she said. “Once people delve into the album, it’ll become pretty clear that that’s more of the fingerprint of this — that it’s much more of a singer-songwriter, personal journey than the last one.”
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As for her last album, Taylor said that the album wasn’t interpreted the way it was meant to be until people were able to see it live:
“Songwriters need to communicate, and part of communicating correctly is when you put out a message that is understood the way you meant it,” she said. “reputation was interesting because I’d never before had an album that wasn’t fully understood until it was seen live. When it first came out everyone thought it was just going to be angry; upon listening to the whole thing they realized it’s actually about love and friendship, and finding out what your priorities are.”
Read more from Taylor’s interview here!