Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt for the new episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, which dives deep into Taylor Swift’s Lover following our recent cover story. They make their way through the full album, expanding on points Swift made in her interview, and explore how Lover breaks new emotional and musical ground for the singer. Along the way, Spanos explains why “Cruel Summer” is the best song of the year so far (while puzzling over a lyric that’s either “he looks up, grinning like a devil” or “he looks so pretty like a devil”) and Sheffield makes the case for why Swift’s catalog was actually full of protest songs — long before her explicitly political “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince.”
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