Stephen Smith, CFNN Reporter
Taylor Swift dropped another surprise album on December 11th, 2020 titled evermore. This album is an extension of her earlier hit album folklore, which dropped only five months prior to the release of this one. folklore was an experimental album that was made during the COVID-19 pandemic. It focused on a folk and alternative sound from Taylor. folklore is considered the sister album.
“To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music,” she added. “We chose to wander deeper in.¨
1. Willow – Willow is the single and opening song off of the album. It has sequences of strings and a melodically satisfying piano. The two of these instruments melt together to give the song a bouncing tropical vibe. The meaning of this song is the weakness and sparity of a willow tree, being able to be spontaneous to one’s other partner and conform to them.
2. Champagne Problems – This was one of the songs that didn’t immediately wow me. It’s different vocally from Taylor’s usual style, as it features a lower vocal dynamic. The listener can get wrapped into Taylor’s storytelling as she tells the tale of a called off wedding and the uncertainty of relationships.
3. Gold Rush – This is my favorite song off of the album. The intro of this song is vocally stunning, guided with strings and a melancholic chorus. This song tells the heartbreak and unpredictability of a lover, one that is in high demand from everyone.
¨I don’t like a gold rush, I don’t like anticipating my face in a red flush, Everybody wants you, everybody wonders what it would be like to love you,” lyrics from “Gold Rush”
4. Tis the Damn Season – At first listen, this was my least favorite song on the album, but it aged like fine wine. Taylor’s heartbreak in this song is evident and can be noted as a Christmas song of 2020 filled with uncertainty of the future.
5. Tolerate It – This one is my least favorite on the album. While I can note Swift’s feelings of never owning up to feeling loved, the instrumentation leaves me feeling lackluster.
6. No Body, No Crime – What a song she wrote! The story of this song alone is worth a listen, filled with a scandalous tale of an affair of a husband and wife. The song starts with sirens and ends with a mystery.
7. Happiness – Can’t say I like this one. Didn’t even listen to it all the way through.
8. Dorothea – A story telling song loaded as a continuation of ¨Tis the Damn Season¨. This track focuses on Taylor’s lyrical aspects, but melodically is kinda boring.
9. Coney Island feat. The National – The instrumentation of mixed strings wins me over again! This melancholy anthem directes of missed moments in a relationship.
¨I’m sitting on a bench in Coney Island, wondering where my baby goed,¨ lyrics from “Coney Island”
10. Ivy – One of the best produced songs on the album. Lyrically not my favorite and at times can feel empty, but has a great way of making the album seem cohesive.
11. Cowboy Like Me – A laid back tune on the album. It tells the story of two cowboy bandits. Taylor mellows the track out a bit. The guitar solos on this track makes it stand out, but it is mostly acoustic.
12. Long Story Short – This song is another radio bop. While it’s not the usually radio overproduced pop song, I can appreciate the laid back forest style pop. It will surely be stuck in all of our heads in approximately 2 months.
13. Marjorie – A song written in memory of her grandmother. My second favorite on the album. It’s loaded with advice in life that we should all abide by, but also Taylor acknowledging and coping with loss. This song is heartbreaking to listen to, as it features her Grandmother singing opera to close out the track.
14. Closure – Upon first listen this song might sound like a train wreck, and I think that’s the beauty in it. The rough led percussion at the beginning is waiting for a resolution in the music, which is the opposite of what Taylor wants.
¨Yes I got your letter, Yes I’m doing better, I know that it’s over I don’t need your closure,¨ lyrics from “Closure”
The shocking MetaCritic rating of evermore is 88%, which takes into consideration critics scores and audience scores. However, 96% of Google Listeners enjoyed the journey of this album. I encourage you to open up to Taylor’s wonderland dreamscape, and take a trip into evermore.