The 10-time Grammy Award winner has nothing but surprises up her sleeve as she surprises with yet another full-length album this 2020 in evermore.
Like a lot of people, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift also let a ton of creative juices flow throughout the quarantine. Being cooped up at home for months eventually led to the unexpected release of folklore last July 24, 2020, less than a year after the birth of the Lover era. That was already a massive surprise in itself as she usually waits for two years before launching a new set of songs. This is why the announcement of her latest full-length album, evermore, just last December 10, 2020, created a colossal shock in and out of the music industry.
Announced on her Instagram and other social media accounts mere hours before evermore went live on all streaming platforms, Swift said, “it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods,” and that her and her team of producers and artists “chose to wander deeper in.” While her previous albums largely existed as individual eras, she believed there was something rare and unorthodox with folklore. “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 […] So I just kept writing them.”
Considered as the sister record to her 8th album, the differences are still pretty evident despite the undeniable similarities. folklore showed a completely different side of Swift that no one saw coming, while evermore expanded that world while elevating it with more experimentation at the same time.
no body, no crime features HAIM in a dark country revenge song that initially sounds like Should’ve Said No from her self-titled album, while cowboy like me presents a soft touch of the blues that flawlessly complements a man’s back-up vocals that come once the first minute hits. Swift concludes the album (the standard edition, that is) with evermore featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s vocals once again, as well as William Bowery’s (*ehem, Joe Alwyn’s*) piano accompaniment. Closing off the album with the title track perfectly provides a slight glimmer of hope as we’re nearing the beginning of another year. With the lyrics, “This pain wouldn’t be for / Evermore,” who wouldn’t want to believe there’s a silver lining waiting for us?
Prolific and tireless as she clearly is, she really is the gift that keeps on giving. Well, it’s time to get caught up in the feelings once more as it proves to be an enduring theme for one Miss Taylor Swift.