Taylor Swift has ways to surprise everyone. And coming out with a new album is one of them.
Last December 12, Taylor dropped her 9th studio album titled Evermore. This is the sister album of Folklore that is still dominating the album charts since it was launched last July.
Swifties could not get over the fact that Taylor created two albums in one year and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic at that.
She posted on Instagram: “I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called evermore. To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. 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. We chose to wander deeper in. I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning. I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them. And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around...”
Evermore is a 17-track album and its carrier single and music video “Willow” has already gained 20 million views on YouTube in two days.
Other songs in the album are “Champagne Problems,” “Gold Rush,” “Tis The Damn Season,” “Tolerate It,” “No Body, No Crime,” “Happiness,” “Dorothea,” “Coney Island,” “Ivy,” “Cowboy Like Me,” “Long Story Short,” “Marjorie,” “Closure,” and “Evermore.”
Taylor turned 31-years old last December 13. Her Evermore album is her gift to everybody who will feel lonely this Holiday season, especially those who lost loved ones in the pandemic.
“Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now. You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something! I also know this holiday season will be a lonely one for most of us and if there are any of you out there who turn to music to cope with missing loved ones the way I do, this is for you. There are 15 tracks on the standard edition of evermore, but the deluxe physical edition will include two bonus tracks - “right where you left me” and “it’s time to go” ⌛️ All *digital downloads* of the album will include an exclusive, digital booklet with 16 brand new photos. You can pre-order evermore now at store.taylorswift.com 📷: @bethgarrabrant”
In Taylor’s recent post, she says: “Not to be all ‘iTs mY BiRtHdAY & I jUsT wAnNa DaNcE’ but... it is and I do. So we’ve released the willow dancing witch version, remixed by Elvira, a bad ass female producer I really respect 💪💃”
Evermore received a glowing review from none other than Rolling Stone magazine.
“Swift and her team had even more freedom to do whatever they wanted, and it reflects back in the music. She’s working here again with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and although Folklore’s moody, “indie”-inspired sound is still the dominant feature of Evermore, there’s room for more variety and experimentation this time around.
“It’s a refreshing change of pace: Swift’s usual approach to dabbling in new genres or sounds is to go balls-to-the-wall, but on Evermore, she’s just as good at curating these more detailed production flourishes, all with the same contouring and meticulousness as she does with her best lyrics.
“No doubt Swift is still the master of writing a spiteful kiss-off, but the songs of Evermore are a welcomed step in a more mature direction, the result of months and months of her getting lost in the woods and questioning her way forward. By the time you’re reading this, she may have already found the answer.”
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