Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” album simply arrived, however, lovers are already taking a look towards the long run. Way, long ago in 2019, Swift introduced that she was once going to re-record her first six albums and the entire track she launched earlier than she modified checklist corporations. She alleged that her earlier corporate, Big Machine Records, would not let her purchase again her grasp recordings, so she would simply make new ones. New variations of “Fearless” and “Red,” known as “Taylor’s Versions,” got here out in 2021, which made numerous lovers suppose that she’d liberate extra of the re-recorded albums in 2022. But Swift ended up converting issues this yr with the discharge of “Midnights.” However, at a similar time, she’s been leaving numerous clues that one specific re-recording is at the means: “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).”
In the track video for “Bejeweled,” Swift incorporated a ton of Easter eggs that time towards “Speak Now.” The video options track from two songs that seemed from the 2010 album, “Enchanted” and “Long Live,” and Laura Dern even says, “Speak no longer” within the video. Plus, the video got here out on Oct. 25 — and “Speak Now” was once launched on Oct. 25, 2010. Whether those are clues towards the discharge of the album or pink herrings to clutter with lovers is someone’s wager.
There was once additionally an incident from previous this yr that had lovers questioning if “Speak Now” was once on its means. In a January interview with the LA Times, Blur frontman Damon Albarn utterly brushed aside Swift’s songwriting talents. “[Taylor Swift] does not write her songs. There’s a large distinction between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes,” the 54-year-old British musician advised the opening. “An attention-grabbing songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. It’s simply darker — much less perpetually upbeat. Way extra minor and atypical.”
It did not take lengthy earlier than Swift spoke back without delay to Albarn’s claims that she does not pen her songs. “I used to be this type of large fan of yours till I noticed this. I write ALL of my very own songs,” she tweeted on Jan. 24. “Your scorching take is totally false and SO destructive. You wouldn’t have to love my songs however it is f*cked up to take a look at and discredit my writing. WOW.”
Albarn later apologized for his feedback, tweeting: “I utterly trust you. I had a dialog about songwriting and unfortunately, it was once decreased to clickbait. I apologize unreservedly and unconditionally. The final thing I’d wish to do is discredit your songwriting. I’m hoping you recognize it. – Damon”
The trade made numerous lovers bring to mind “Speak Now.” That’s a result of every piece of music on “Speak Now” was once written through Swift’s solo when she was once 19. The album additionally includes a rebuttal towards her critics, the thrill and sassy “Mean.” “Speak Now” is the solution for those who suppose Swift cannot write excellent songs on her personal.
For now, we are nonetheless looking ahead to “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” and different re-recordings. Some lovers suppose that “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” is much more likely to look first since Swift has already launched one of the most songs on that album. But the singer is these days embroiled in a lawsuit about “Shake It Off,” that album’s first unmarried, which may well be delaying it. Swifties will simply look ahead to their idol to talk, now.