Taylor Swift fans are saying the same thing about The National guitarist Aaron Dessner’s contribution to The Tortured Poet’s Department

“Aaron Dessner, you are the glue holding this nation together.”

Aaron Dessner of The National and Taylor Swift

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“Aaron Dessner if you ever need a kidney you have my number.” Such is the sentiment expressed by one Taylor Swift fan – or Swifties as they’re collectively known – over The National guitarist’s contributions to the pop star’s new album, The Tortured Poet’s Department.

Just in case you’re living under a rock, the world’s biggest artist earlier today dropped her 11th studio record. The release, in which Swift, Dessner, and longtime producer Jack Antonoff share production credits, was accompanied by an extra 15 songs as part of a surprise double album (subtitled The Anthology), bringing the total number of tracks for this era to an impressive 31.

Of those 31 songs, Dessner is credited as co-writer on 15 of them (5 on main, 10 on the bonus side) and producer on 16 of them (5 and 11 respectively) — an effort that’s got the Swifties pretty much crowning him as the nation’s Lord and Saviour.

“For real the bonus album was a completely different piece of work. And what I was expecting from the album the entire time. I adored every single song. Bravo Aaron,” praised one Swiftie.

“The amount of Aaron Dessner involvement in the new songs… Folklore and Evermore stans are finally being fed again,” another fan commented, referencing Swift’s 2020 albums that, too, featured Dessner’s production touch.

On the flipside, Antonoff’s contributions appear to be receiving a lot less love from Swifties, many of whom pulled no punches when voicing their displeasure with his supposedly ‘boring’ production style (Some of the fandom have very strong feelings about his use of synths and drumkits, for one).

“Aaron Dessner has once again proven that Jack Antonoff is the problem,” one fan declared, while another implored: “Jack Antonoff please never produce another album ever again.”

“Aaron Dessner thank you for your service – Jack Antonoff count your days you bastard,” read a comment on X.

It’s all very dramatic, to say the least. But we’ll let Swift’s music do the talking below.

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