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.
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.
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”.
“‘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.
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.
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