Taylor Swift's Tenth Album Causes Spotify Outages

Taylor Swift's 10th album causes Spotify outages

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Taylor Swift's tenth album, Midnights, which marks the American singer's gradual return to her pop leanings caused blackouts in several countries on Spotify when it was released at midnight Thursday night to Friday. 

In the United States, France and the United Kingdom, for example, fans of the star had to wait patiently to discover this new opus on the streaming platform. 

Number of “ Angry Swifties posted screenshots displaying the error message: “Something is wrong. Try again. A technical issue that was often resolved within an hour.

Enthusiasts were then able to discover the 13 songs entirely centered around the fateful hour when the clock strikes twelve. Midnights is “the story of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life,” Taylor Swift explained on Twitter, and all of the tracks “form a complete picture of the intensity of that crazy hour and mystical”.

With this new album, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter abandons the indie-folk vein of her two previous albums written during the pandemic, “evermore” and “folklore” — honored with the title of best album of the year at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Far from the acoustic charm of these works of confinement, the melodies of Midnights are more electro-pop, with the use of synths, rhythms inspired by dubstep and effects capable of giving a androgynous side to the voice of the singer, who after starting out in country has become a major pop star.

The tone of the album, where pop diva Lana Del Rey lends her suave voice for a duet on Snow on The Beach, remains deliberately stripped down. Taylor Swift shares her nocturnal ruminations, her reflections on the inexorably advancing age and on the implications of love, without ever unleashing on the twelve strokes of midnight. 

This new opus is generally hailed by the Anglo-Saxon press. The British daily The Guardian thus underlines the “calm, serene and mature” side of a disc “filled with fantastic songs”.

Some critics, however, lament the lack of a catchy title track. “It's hard to pinpoint a smash hit on Swift's hushed third album,” laments The Independent newspaper. 

True to form, Taylor Swift has also reserved some surprises for his fans. Midnights exists online in an expanded version, titled 3h Edition, with seven additional titles.