As you can read in the title I haven’t really moved on from folklore (who has?) and I haven’t listened to anything after Taylor Swift dropped this bomb album. I feel like I didn’t express my love for the album enough from my previous review for the album because I initially wrote that review after my first listen to the album, I was so excited about it that I wanted to share it with you guys already without fully taking it in and reflecting. But now I did so many times, I am going to try my best here to explain my analysis of each songs and I’ll also try to rank it (please don’t hate me for this).Read More »
Okay, I don’t know how to begin to explain my love for Taylor Swift’s new eighth studio album folklore.
Taylor took us by surprise and no one is complaining, people said that she may have saved our 2020. Announcing in her social media accounts hours before the actual release. There was no signs or notice that she will be doing this and no one expected it as she just released her Lover album less than a year ago but she explained that a lot of unexpected things happened this year that changed her plans. One of them was this, she decided not to over-analyze the release of this album and just initially released it to the world.
Like what the USA Today said on their review:
“Have you ever listened to “All Too Well” and said, “Great, now can I have 16 more of these?”
And you know how us Swifties claim that All Too Well is Taylor’s best song ever. Imagine a whole album of that— folklore might be Taylor Swift’s greatest album to date.
The story telling, the poetry, and the whole aesthetic of it are some of the things that you wouldn’t believed was completed in the span of only 3 months as Taylor revealed that she started writing last April. Folklore’s tone is emotional, vulnerable, mysterious. Classed as alternative in genre and along with the vintage wood themes of it, Taylor also focused more on the writing here and telling us stories with no overly produced songs. Just like how we liked stripped down version of her songs, this album couldn’t be stripped down to any more than it already is as it is the perfect album for those who find mellow, and sad songs as a therapeutic way of coping up with sadness or to just accompany you in times of contemplating and introspecting. I am one of those that will truly enjoy this album, it will be my new lullaby, my new tunes when I am writing, it will be the new songs I listen to on a road trip whilst gazing outside through the window.
What I love more about this album is the poetic side of it and dissecting lyrics and the story. Taylor has been low-key these past years and leaving fans with little and no update about her life. When every album that she made in the past was easier to dissect because the media was all on her move. Now, understanding the true meaning of the songs on her new album can be a little tricky this time. She said that the songs were based on hers and other people’s perspective which is difficult to identify which is which.
The story telling and writing that she did on this album was exquisitely creative like a true modern poet. The character that she created, the world that she imagined, the story that she conceptualized was successfully brought out to the world for us to listen to with limited time to market and promote. Taylor proved she didn’t even need to work hard on promoting her album as the album did it itself as she trends worldwide upon the release. She’s been in the industry for more than a decade now and we thought we’ve seen everything she has to offer but the songwriting genius that she is, this girl has a lot more to show for and she proved it through this masterpiece album folklore.
- I never imagined Taylor writing about death in my tears ricochet.
- I love the light folk bop that is the last great american dynasty and the 1.
- Her collaboration with Bon Iver exile was something that I watched out for and I actually listened first to when the album came out.
- invisible strings is one of my favorite and it initially caught my ears as well as august that I kind of hear Back For Good by Take That in the chorus (maybe it’s just me).
There was a bunch of break up songs in this album, which I think is because it’s her theme in terms of lyrical subject and not because that she and Joe (her boyfriend) broke up like what everybody else assumes. I think back to what she said when she wrote “Death By A Thousand Cuts” on her last album. She wrote it as a way to reassure herself that she can still write break up songs where she was known for. I think folklore was such a huge turn from her last Album Lover where it was such a happy and lovey-dovey album. Her new album will take your heart and mind for an emotional ride, it will leave you the kind of feeling when you finished reading your new found favorite book— lost in the words and music and never wanting it to end.
I commend how her mind works, her depth and how she is no longer the girl who sings petty heart break and vengeful songs. Taylor has grown into an artist that she was meant to become.
You can also stream folklore on Spotify:
photo credits to Taylor Swift
Death By A Thousand Cuts by Taylor Swift
Lucky Ones by McFly
Fine Day by Flu
D.O.T.S. by Slowdough
Put A Little Love On Me by Niall Horan
Falling by Harry Styles
Only The Young by Taylor Swift
When I Wasn’t Watching by Mandy Moore
Walls by Louis Tomlinson
Is This The Love That I Need? by Flu
This is what I’m currently listening to, yes I’m a One Direction fan you can tell lol. Please suggest songs for me to listen to, can I have your playlist? 🙂
Can’t Stop Loving You by Phil Collins
Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams
Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen
Fire and Rain by James Taylor
Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg
Sharing The Night Together by Dr Hook
Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
With Or Without You by U2
Beauty and Madness by Fra Lippo Lippi
There She Goes by The La’s
I’m an old soul they say because I enjoy this type of music because let me just say it out loud THESE ARE CLASSICS! You can have new music but these songs will stay forever. To be honest I don’t know any new songs right now besides from the artists that I’m a fan of, it’s not because I don’t enjoy new music that are being released these days but because I’m just stuck in the past because these songs are more relaxing to listen to. There’s no unnecessary effects just pure instruments. This post is totally a blast from the past indeed.
Now, with my honest reaction to the album, all I have to say is that the dark phase of Taylor has passed and this album felt more like the Taylor Swift we grew up listening to. I feel the 1989 vibes with this album, I’m loving the synth pop in this and I think this a great-big-grammy-deserving pop album.
I’ve been listening to the album since it was released and I haven’t listened to anything other than this album. In first impression (first listen) I already conclude that Taylor is truly in love and I’m so happy for her because after all the things she’s been through she deserve this and it shows that she’s really happy. This album is for the London Boy Joe Alwyn (Taylor’s current boyfriend for 3 years now), Taylor mostly written songs on different aspects of emotions that you feel when you’re in love, she expresses her giddiness with tracks like Paper Rings, I Think He Knows, London Boy. The feeling of doubts and fear that maybe something will go wrong can be felt in the tracks: Cornelia Street, Death By A Thousand Cuts, Afterglow. And lastly, the feeling of finding that true love in Lover, and Daylight. But Taylor also expresses her political and societal beliefs in this album through tracks like The Man where she focuses on the double standards in the society and this song screams women empowerment. Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince was said to be about Taylor finally being vocal about her political beliefs that is metaphorically set in high school. You Need To Calm Down is for all the haters and her support to LGBTQ community.
How the album was arranged chronologically was a bit off for me but I understand how she wanted to start the album with an attention grabber and a feel good melody that is catchy with the first two tracks I Forgot That You Existed, and Cruel Summer. I also understand how she wanted to end the album with Daylight, having to find that love and understanding it more.
1.I Forgot That You Existed – Catchy beat, I love the finger snaps. Fun but kind of shady. I love the line and delivery “it isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference”.
2.Cruel Summer – Personal Favorite. Kind of like a continuation of Getaway Car and I get it because it’s with Jack Antonoff.
3.Lover – Wedding song, Slow dancing
4.The Man – OMG I keep saying “you go girl” while listening to this.
5.The Archer – least favorite but an okay mellow song.
6.I Think He Knows – a cheeky song, feel like I want to dance to this song with my girlfriends.
7.Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince – I kind of hear Halsey singing this. I love the line “you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes”.
8.Paper Rings – I hear this playing in a 2000’s rom com movie. Uggghhh Taylor is really in love.
9.Cornelia Street – Personal Fave. I don’t know why, but I remember the same feeling I have with All Too Well in this, this song grows on you. (Taylor’s fear of losing Joe).
10.Death By A Thousand Cuts – Fave. The production in this is weirdly perfect. This is about the movie Someone Great.
11.London Boy – Joe. Joe. Joe.
12.Soon You’ll Get Better ft. Dixie Chicks – Acoustic. Get Your Tissues. You’ll Cry. This is about Taylor’s mom battling cancer.
13.False God – The saxophone!!!
14.You Need To Calm Down – Love Wins
15.Afterglow – it’s okay, nice hook, I’d sing to it.
16.ME! – Fun song and Brendon Urie! That’s all I can say.
17.It’s Nice To Have A Friend – This songs creeps me out lol. Least fave.
18.Daylight – Loving the reference on Red “I once believed love would be burning red but it’s golden like daylight”
Taylor described her album in a tweet as: celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness, and chaos. It truly is a celebration of love, I’m really happy for her. You’ll be in love even though you aren’t just by listening to this album Lover.
Buy/Stream Lover by Taylor Swift.