Taylor Swift surprised fans with a 20-track “3 am” deluxe version of the album Midnights which was released at 3 a.m. ET Friday morning.
Three of the seven bonus tracks on this extra edition were co-written and co-produced with the National’s Aaron Dessner, who collaborated on almost the entirety of her previous all-new studio album, 2020’s “Evermore,” but had seemed to be sitting out the “Midnights” sessions in favor of Jack Antonoff, who worked on all of the core 13 tracks.
“Surprise!” she wrote on social media. “I think of ‘Midnights’ as a complete concept album, with those 13 songs forming a full picture of the intensities of that mystifying, mad hour. However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13.
“I’m calling them 3am tracks,” Swift continued. Lately I’ve been loving the feeling of sharing more of our creative process with you, like we do with From The Vault tracks. So it’s 3am and I’m giving them to you now.”
“Midnights (3 am Edition)” is available for sale in digital form through her webstore and other platforms for $14.99, and the bonus tracks are available for streaming on all DSPs as well.
Surprise! I think of Midnights as a complete concept album, with those 13 songs forming a full picture of the intensities of that mystifying, mad hour. However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13.https://t.co/jjqUNkpPke pic.twitter.com/LKI3GmpPRF
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 21, 2022
The seven additional tracks on the deluxe album are “The Great War,” “High Infidelity,” “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve,” “Bigger Than the Whole Sky,” “Paris,” “Glitch” and “Dear Reader.” The first three of those feature Dessner as a collaborator, and the remainder were co-produced, like everything on the standard edition, with Antonoff.
In all, there are now 21 original songs that have been released as part of the project. The Target-exclusive CD includes another bonus track, “Hits Different,” that is not available even in the expansive “3 am” version of the album (along with remixes of “You’re on Your Own, Kid” and “Sweet Nothing” that are only available via the chain’s variant).