The intimate ballad explores the journey with her beau on New Year's Day. She sets the tone of the aftermath of a seemingly wild night celebration "There's glitter on the floor after the party / Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby / Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor." The song evokes emotional nostalgia, with lyrics "Hold on to the memories / They will hold on to you." The melody elicits something hopeful and heartwarming, feelings that are uncharacteristic of her most recent singles.
Now, let's not get carried away. I'm not saying Taylor Swift has won me over, but after subpar singles "Gorgeous," "...Ready For It?" and "Look What You Made Me Do," this song is certainly refreshing to listen to. She showed some promise with the more vulnerable "Call It What You Want," and with the latest "New Year's Day," I haven't lost all faith. She excels with raw storytelling, not shallow melodrama.
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