The Reputation singer penned two poems, published in the two accompanying magazines available for purchase with physical copies of her album on Friday, that more deeply explore some of the themes of the record -- from deteriorating trust in love life and friendships, to isolation, as well as the self-perceived "death" of her own reputation.
"When she crashed, her clothes disintegrated and blew away/ with the winds that took all of her fair-weather friends," the 27-year-old artist writes on "Why She Disappeared." "When she looked around, her skin was spattered with ink/ forming the words of a thousand voices/ Echoes she heard even in her sleep: 'Whatever you say, it is not right.'/ 'Whatever you do, it is not enough.'/ 'Your kindness is fake.'/ 'Your pain is manipulative.'"
While Swift has always had a penchant for crafting narratives of her experiences, the increased focus on raw honesty and vulnerability is where her new album shines brightest, and is likely why, on the day of its release, is already enjoying critical praise that resonates even beyond the "Swiftie circles" who remain loyal to the star. For a full exploration of Reputation, read ET's review here.
Meanwhile, before Reputation was released, lucky fans were fortunate enough to hear the record at secret listening parties.
Watch the video below for what it was like to be in attendance at one of those events.