Taylor Swift Announces One Last Variant Of ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

4 March 2024 | 4:39 pm | Ellie Robinson

All versions of the album will drop on April 19.

Taylor Swift @ the MCG

Taylor Swift @ the MCG (Credit: TAS Rights Management)

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Ahead of its release next month, Taylor Swift has revealed a fourth and final variant of her upcoming 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department.

Officially dubbed The Black Dog Edition, the limited collector’s version of album was announced during a concert in Singapore yesterday (March 4), with Swift revealing its cover art on social media shortly thereafter. It’ll feature the exclusive bonus track The Black Dog, and you can pre-order it here on CD, vinyl and cassette.

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All five versions of The Tortured Poets Department will hit shelves on April 19. Alongside the standard 16-track album and The Black Dog Edition, collectors will be holding out for The Manuscript Edition (which, as its name hints, features the bonus track The Manuscript), The Bolter Edition (with bonus track The Bolter) and The Albatross Edition (with, you guessed it, bonus track The Albatross).

Notably, Swift announced The Bolter Edition at the first Melbourne (Naarm) date of the Eras tour last month. Reviewing that show, Christopher Lewis wrote for TheMusic.com.au: “From Bon Iver’s woodland shack in folklore to the revenge dress era of 1989, Swift excels at playing into the narrative of each of her lifetimes through choreography, detailed stage sets, and her myriad of glittery, sequinned costumes.

“This allows her not only to relive her past eras with a wink and a nod but also enables those fans who connected with them so purely to fully immerse themselves in the emotional turbulence they remember. It’s a rare but special kind of fan service. And it’s mirrored in the passionate conviction of her singing.”

The tour also earned praise from Paul Kelly, but was slammed by Peter Garrett.

The Tortured Poets Department comes as the follow-up to Swift’s 2022 album Midnights, and was announced in her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2024 Grammy Awards. She later revealed its tracklist, featuring heavyweight guests like Post Malone and Florence + The Machine.

Meanwhile, Swift’s father Scott (also known as Papa Swift) is being investigated by NSW Police after allegedly punching a paparazzi photographer in the face while Swift and her crew were in Sydney.