Let’s Talk About Taylor Swift’s Escapism That is Evermore

Taylor Swift did it again, she dropped another surprised album last December 11, 2020 at midnight called Evermore, the sister album to a prior surprised album Folklore released 5 months ago. But before we get into Taylor’s 9th studio album, let us praise her escapism during this terrible year, this year we could have chosen to do anything that we want other than our jobs, and we could choose to be lazy and be unproductive. Taylor said it herself in Folklore Long Pond Studio Session that she wrote Mirrorball after she heard that all of her shows were cancelled, she could have chosen to be sad about it but she chose to dream, imagine, and create art instead. Despite the worst year for every entertainer, she found a way to give her all to a project and it resulted to her best works in her career. The way Taylor coped with the pandemic was very admirable, being productive, and having a healthy mental state to have found a way to escape. That is a very nice reflection of herself to her fans, it shows that we can all have a healthy escape despite the struggles.

Cover album of Evermore
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As a fan it can be a little bit overwhelming to listen to Evermore since Folklore is still on repeat. For fair number of times listening to Evermore these past couple of days since the release, it’s safe to say that Evermore is the needed sequel to the first audiobook that is Folklore. Evermore needed it’s first book Folklore for it to make sense. This sequel adds to that missing feeling of Folklore’s cliffhanger-like ending, the way Taylor end track on Evermore is the title track sounding very hopeful compare to Folklore’s end track Hoax.

What differs between these sister albums is that Evermore has a much more lighter mood and have more pop songs than Folklore. In this album you can really hear the progression of where Taylor’s at in writing songs, Folklore is much more laid back and in Evermore they experimented more on the sounds and production (Closure and Gold Rush). The growth of Taylor’s writing is really impressive and even though Taylor said that the album consists of made up stories like Folklore did, it can also be tied personally to her while covering it up with metaphors. From a fan theorizing viewpoint, songs like Happiness sounded like her feud with her former record label, and also Long Story Short which sounded like she’s looking back on everything she’s been through and how she survived it.

But Taylor really took a huge step back from writing personal experiences and instead crafted stories with intricate lyrics that will surprise you on how well she constructed and told all of these stories in a form of a song. Taylor revealed the stories in the album from her social media posts. A number of songs are about relationships and love that went wrong, and pulling off another story written in 2 different perspectives (Tis The Damn Season and Dorothea), and she even wrote a story about killing a cheating murdering husband (No Body, No Crime). Her escapism during this pandemic resulted in these two well thought of album that are full of stories to better off visualize about and have it as an escape as a listener as well. Taylor went off the grid and have matured then came back as a songwriting machine. She just ignored the formula of releasing albums/songs that every artists in the world follows. She just proved that she can do anything that she wants and that she has really became one of the most talented artist in her generation that can continue on for a long time.

Overall, it’s easier to compare Folklore and Evermore from each other since it has the same roots in terms of the whole vibe and writing, and you couldn’t really choose which one is your favorite between these sister albums. But for anything that mimics the vibe of someone nothing beats the original right?

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Personal Ranking as of the moment in terms of overall feel to it:

  1. Long Story Short
  2. Ivy
  3. Willow
  4. Evermore
  5. Tis The Damn Season
  6. Champagne Problems
  7. Tolerate It
  8. Gold Rush
  9. No Body No Crime
  10. Closure
  11. Happiness
  12. Dorothea
  13. Coney Island
  14. Cowboy Like Me
  15. Marjorie

Let me know your ranking and favorite tracks on Evermore 🌲 in the comments! 😊


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Photo Credits to Taylor Swift


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RANKING FOLKLORE TRACKS & PERSONAL THEORIES

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).

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FOLKLORE: TAYLOR SWIFT’S GREATEST ALBUM

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.

Taylor Swift’s release statement for folklore

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.

folklore track list

You can also stream folklore on Spotify:

photo credits to Taylor Swift