Three hours after releasing Midnights, Swift unveiled the “special very chaotic surprise” she had promised: a “3AM Edition” of the album featuring seven songs made “on the journey” to the proper album.
On the 13 tracks of Midnights, a self-aware Swift shows off her ability to evolve again. For her 10th original album, the 32-year-old pop star approaches the themes she’s grown up writing about — love, loss, childhood, fame — with a maturity that comes through in sharpened vocals and lyrics focused more on her inner-life than external persona.
“Anti-Hero” is the first single from the album, which the singer had previously kept under lock and key. In a candid clip posted to her Instagram, Swift said she considers “Anti-Hero” one of her favorite songs she’s ever written because it’s so frank.
“I don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before,” she said. “I struggle a lot with the idea that my life has become unmanageably sized and, not to sound too dark, I struggle with the idea of not feeling like a person.” While she told fans not to “feel bad” for her, she explained that “Anti-Hero” is a “guided tour” of all the things Swift tends to “hate” about herself.
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