Single Review: Taylor Swift – Only The Young

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Taylor Swift drops new single to go with documentary release
Taylor Swift is back with new music sooner than expected. After the August release of her seventh album Lover, the singer announced that a documentary would soon hit Netflix. Miss Americana is available to stream now and she releases the new single ‘Only The Young’, which is featured in the film too. ‘Only The Young’ was initially meant to be part of the Lover record, but Swift decided to save it for this special occasion.

Swift wrote ‘Only The Young’ on her own and co-produced the tune with Joel Little, whose daughters provided backing vocals without knowing it was for a Taylor Swift song. Their backing vocals are layered in a way they sound like a children’s choir. With every chorus, the children’s voices are more prominent, as if Taylor wants to say she wants ‘the young’ to take over. The track was written after the midterm elections in 2018, when the democrats Swift endorsed did not win. She wrote the tune as “an anthem for millennials who might have come away disillusioned with the political process”. The only two minutes and 38 seconds long track is one of Swift’s most explicitly political yet and shares a similar sentiment to ‘Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince’ from Lover. Sonically, the song falls perfectly in line with what is on that record too. Nothing we haven’t heard before, but a nice little something to enjoy after (or before) seeing the documentary.


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