The Biggest Disappointment of 2022

Kieran Murphy, Sports Editor

The new Taylor Swift album was coming with a lot of hype. There were reports that the gloves were coming off and that this would possibly be Taylor’s best album yet. Released at midnight, hence the album name Midnights, and the followup drops at 3 AM, labeled the 3 AM Edition, the album may have flown too close to the sun in some respects.

Everyone was excited for the late night drop, in fact, my sister even stayed at her friend’s dorm so that they could stay up and listen together as soon as it came up. She, along with many others, were mildly let down. I’m not saying that the album is garbage, but what I am saying is that so much more was promised and not enough was delivered. 

The career of Taylor Swift has been made up of banger after banger, from You Belong With Me in her Fearless album, to Don’t Blame Me out of Reputation, she has never disappointed anyone except Ye at the VMAs. This allowed for her to gain a massive following and extreme hype for her albums. If this was an early album of hers, one that she released when she was new into the sphere of music, it would have been fine but when you are someone like Taylor Swift who has made a reputation for having amazing music, the album was simply bland.

I could personally see this lack of spark when I first heard Karma. The lyrics to the chorus are “Cause karma is my boyfriend

Karma is a god

Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend

Karma’s a relaxing thought

Aren’t you envious that for you it’s not?

Sweet like honey, karma is a cat

I’m sorry but that isn’t music, at least not good music. For 3 minutes, I am sitting here listening to Taylor Swift, someone I had previously stated was on the same level as Rihanna, list off things that karma are. This was a clear disappointment that personally fell to the bottom of the list of the album. On the flip side, there was one song that really stood out to me personally and that was Lavender Haze. Lavender Haze both sounded good and was the most original, non-generic song on the album; in fact it’s the only one that I would choose to listen to again.

One thing that is very apparent and common throughout the album is the nearly overwhelming use of bass and I think that the reason for this was to cover up the blatant lack of substance. I felt like I listened to essentially the same song over and over again for twenty minutes.

As a self-proclaimed Swiftie, I caught a lot of backlash for calling the album boring. I’ve been called a fake fan, but on the contrary I think that being able to call out a bad album for what it is is important. It makes a true fan to be able to say that an album is not good but sticking by the artist anyway. Denying that certain artists have albums or periods in which they aren’t at their peak is normal but to truly appreciate the golden era of Taylor Swift, you have to recognize the times where her music didn’t live up to the hype.