Updated on Aug 9, 2019. Posted on Aug 7, 2019

    Here Are All The Secrets We Know About Taylor Swift's New Album So Far

    Warning: Lover spoilers ahead.

    You might be aware that Taylor Swift is just two short weeks away from releasing her seventh album, Lover.

    You may also be aware that ever since she released the iconic 1989, Taylor has held Secret Sessions, where she handpicks fans from social media, invites them to her various homes, makes them snacks, takes photos, and then plays them the album ahead of its release.

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    The Sessions haven't been without their controversies — specifically their tendency to cause rivalry in the fandom — and many Swifties were unsure they'd even happen this era. However, late on Friday night it was revealed that Taylor had gone ahead and held the first Session for Lover in London.

    Now, the very aim of the ~Secret~ Sessions is to give the chosen fans a glimpse of the album but keep all of the details secret. However, during the Reputation era, fans gave away a lot of tidbits of information, including detailed descriptions of the tracks as well as anecdotes from Taylor.

    This time, the rules were stricter than ever, with Sessioners briefed that they should not reveal any specific details nor quote Taylor directly.

    So, based on the information that Sessioners were allowed to share, here are all the details we've learned about Lover so far...

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    1. There are several self-written songs on the album.

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    While Taylor writes all of her own music, we haven't had a "self-written" track — a song she's written entirely alone without input from any collaborator — since 1989. Fans are therefore very excited by the notion of Taylor going it alone on a few Lover songs, as this is typically where her lyricism really shines.

    2. Many fans are noting that the album has similar production to 1989, but the lyrical vibe of Speak Now — which, coincidentally, was an entirely self-written album.

    Some of the people who have gone to the Secret Sessions have said that Lover has a similar production to 1989 but similar lyrics to Speak Now. This album will be the death of me, I swear

    everyone is saying Lover sounds like if speak now and 1989 had a baby

    “Lover is basically the pop version of Speak Now” im not ready 🥺💗

    In fact, the Speak Now/1989 vibes were strong on "The Archer" — the third release from Lover. This track sounded very reminiscent of 1989 with numerous lyrical callbacks to songs from Speak Now. For example, in "Never Grow Up," we had the lyric: "Darling, don't you ever grow up," and in "The Archer," the lyric: "I never grew up, it's getting so old."

    3. From scouring multiple fan reviews, it seems that Sessioners are in agreement that track one is an amazing album opener that rivals the perfection of "State of Grace" from Red.

    4. Fans also seem to be in agreement that track two is "pop perfection," with many of them saying it's not only their favourite song on the album, but should be a future single.

    5. Track three has been consistently described as "dream pop," and likened to a "softer version" of the tracks on 1989.

    6. Fans generally seem to be in agreement that track six isn't Taylor's best work, with some even describing it as "basic".

    7. Tracks 7, 12, and 13 seem to be the least popular songs across the board, with track 17 being described as "weird" and "unique", and track 18 "the perfect closing song".

    8. However, it's track 10 that's really got everyone talking. Apparently it's highly emotional and moved multiple Sessioners to tears. Rumours have been circulating that the track is called "Soon You'll Get Better," and is about her mother's cancer returning.

    The subject of her mom's cancer actually came up in the essay Taylor wrote for Elle at the start of this era. In it, she said the illness had made her reevaluate everything in her life.

    She wrote:

    I’ve had to learn how to handle serious illness in my family. Both of my parents have had cancer, and my mom is now fighting her battle with it again. It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else. My mom’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress, and prayers to real problems now.

    “Made me cry. A LOT. Like, almost uncontrollably,” said one fan after hearing track 10.

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    “Emotional AF because of the story behind it,” said another.

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    Other fans have said it's a "Speak Now/1989 hybrid," while others said the emotion in the song gave them Red vibes.

    9. Track 10 is also rumoured to feature a collaboration with the Dixie Chicks, which would be especially moving since we know that Taylor's mom is a huge fan of the band.

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    And Taylor did drop a Dixie Chicks Easter egg in the video for "Me," which led everyone to speculate that a collaboration would feature on the album.

    10. And the song is apparently so emotional that Taylor left the room the first time she played it for fans.

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    Fans are already speculating whether this means the song will be missed off the Lover tour setlist.

    11. There's apparently a song titled "False God," which allegedly addresses Trump's presidency.

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    This rumour is somewhat supported by the fact that Taylor revealed back in May that the album would have "political undertones," before allegedly describing US politics under Trump as a "hellscape" to one Sessioner.

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    Over the past year, Taylor has also been more vocal about her political beliefs than ever before, condemning Trump in an Instagram post urging her followers to register to vote in the midterm elections.

    12. The original lyrics of "All Too Well" are printed in one of the deluxe versions of the album — but Sessioners are not revealing which one.

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    For anyone not in the know, "All Too Well" has become an iconic song in the Swiftie fandom. Taylor revealed in 2012 that the original version of the song was 10 minutes long, but she cut it down to 5.28 to fit on the final Red album. Since then, fans have been begging to hear the full version and now we're one step closer, with Sessioners confirming that the original lyrics appear in one of the deluxe versions of Lover.

    13. And, finally, apparently Taylor's favourite song ever of her own is on Lover!

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    While we're yet to find out exactly which one it is, I think there's a good chance she'll let fans know after the album is released.

    CORRECTION

    The number of Taylor Swift’s studio albums was misstated in a previous version of this post.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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