March 31, 2023

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‘Evermore,’ Taylor Swift’s second surprise album 2020, which was a critical success

'Evermore,' Taylor Swift's second surprise album 2020, which was a critical success

While the rest of them were playing virtual quizzes on Zoom, the pop star’s re-invented her sound and recorded two amazing albums – the second of which was released on Friday just hours after “Evermore” was announced.

It’s July’s mega-hit, “Folk Tales” Swift was acclaimed for her return to surprisingly melodic and indie-inspired soundtracks, but especially for introducing the winter beauty and embarking on some unexpected lyrical expeditions.

The 15-song effort was hailed by many critics and was hailed by fans when it was released, with many recognizing the seamless continuation of the strip-back style Swift that entered “folk tales”.

But others wondered if the album had lived up to its predecessors, with Swift describing it this week as the “sister album” for its newest offering.

“It’s a bubble we don’t want to pop,” Variety The lonely months ended on a long eruption of Swift’s creativity. The publication cites the singer’s 2020 as an embarrassment of “wonderful albums-ending-in-ore dug from the lock-down muse”.
“Not everything works here, but Folklore and Evermore together have made Swift a credible case for her ability to change shape and navigate between her song styles,” The Guardian commented. Four star review. “When the lockdown is high, it’s great.”
Swift again expresses her penchant for four-minute lyrical biographies, this time paying homage to her late grandmother on “Marjorie” and her deluded wife on “Tolerate It” – a five-star review of the British magazine NME.

But the singer has returned to two of the most well-known lands in her previous album, her country music origins in “Cowboy Like Me” and later, carefully moving back to the realm in “Gold Rush” and “Long Story Short”.

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“‘Folk Tales’ is an introspective, romantic older sister, ‘Evermore’ freewheeling sister,” NME concluded. “The new album takes on the stylistic leap of faith that ‘Folk Tales’ represents, further pushing the boundaries of that sonic palette.”

The fans were equally satisfied. Super fan Alex Gold Schmidt wrote on Twitter that “Evermore” was a “folk tale” in screaming color, referring to a lyrics on Swift’s previous track “Out of the Woods”.

Another popular Swift fan page wrote: “This is one of the most magical and beautiful journeys I’ve ever had (on the album).”

After the band put together “Folk Tales” earlier this year, Swift again worked with Bon Ivor and songwriters Aaron Desner and Jack Antonoff.

And some songwriting credits for “William Bowery” – a mysterious collaborator Swift revealed last month that, in fact, her boyfriend is Joe Alvin.

The slow, reflective sound that Swift unlocked in 2020 should now be seen whether she is a ballpark or not. “I don’t know what’s coming next,” she wrote on her social media channels after the record fell on Friday.

“I don’t know a lot of things these days and so I’m stuck to one thing that connects me with all of you. That thing is always there and always is music. And it can go on forever,” Swift added.