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  • Summary: The 11th full-length studio release from Taylor Swift features guest appearances by Florence And The Machine and Post Malone. 15 additional tracks are included in a double album version subtitled The Anthology.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Apr 18, 2024
    100
    Stunning. .... Tortured Poets has the intimate sound of Folklore and Evermore, but with a coating of Midnights synth-pop gloss.
  2. Apr 22, 2024
    85
    In Swift’s capable hands, even the deepest moments of despair are transmuted into songs which resonate with emotion and genuine insight.
  3. Apr 22, 2024
    80
    Ultimately, this may be Swift’s most Swiftian album: the unhappiness profound, the details generous, the lessons absorbed.
  4. Apr 22, 2024
    70
    The Tortured Poets Department plays out as a pop album that sounds fine enough but sure is long-winded.
  5. Apr 22, 2024
    66
    Tortured Poets’ extended Anthology edition runs over two hours, and even in the abridged version, its sense of sprawl creeps down to the song level, where Swift’s writing is, at best, playfully unbridled and, at worst, conspicuously wanting for an editor.
  6. Apr 19, 2024
    60
    At times, the album is a return to form. Its first two songs are potent reminders of how viscerally Swift can summon the flushed delirium of a doomed romance. .... Great poets know how to condense, or at least how to edit. The sharpest moments of “The Tortured Poet’s Department” would be even more piercing in the absence of excess, but instead the clutter lingers, while Swift holds an unlit match.
  7. Apr 19, 2024
    36
    What’s hollow about The Tortured Poets Department is that the real torture is just how unlivable these songs really are.

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