Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Philadelphia 76ers basketball game at 11 years old, and began songwriting and learned guitar at 12 years old. She released her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006 and has been on a tear ever since. She has racked up 769 Award nominations and has won 330 of them. She is one of only two female solo artists, along with Adele, to win Album Of The Year twice for her solo recordings. She won the award for 2010 for Fearless and again for 2015 for 1989. She has accumulated 41 Grammy Nominations, (including 2021) and won 10 of them. She has an estimated sales of over 50 million albums and 150 million singles worldwide.
On July 22nd 2020, she shocked the world, when she made the announcement that she would be releasing her 8th studio album, folklore, on July 24th, 2020, two days later. She announced that there will be 8 different versions of her Deluxe Editions. The regular edition has 16 tracks included. We also previously reviewed her folklore album. Now, she has shocked us again with dropping a new “sister album” to folklore, which is called evermore.
In honor of this massive surprise, we are going to do a track by track review of evermore. First up on the new album, is “willow.” On top of dropping the entire album within a day, she also released the official music video for “willow,” as well.
This is a beautiful song, that has everything from love to sadness. An emotional rollercoaster. This video is absolutely stunning. It is difficult to keep your eyes off of everything happening in the video. It is beautifully shot and tells the story wonderfully. What a captivating masterpiece. “I’ll come back faster than a 90’s trend“.
Next up, “champagne problems” is about a relationship that shouldn’t have been and about moving on. Taylor Swift proves that she is a lyrical genius in this song. While this one expands on the sounds of folklore, it works perfectly in evermore as well.
“gold rush” is up next. This is a more upbeat story, which works perfectly in the 3rd spot. “What must it be like to grow up that beautiful?/ With your hair falling into place like dominos/My mind turns your life into folklore/I can’t dare to dream about you anymore.” This new era of Taylor Swift, with folklore and evermore, presents a more vulnerable side to her, which is evident in each of these songs.
Up next is “tis the damn season.” This holiday hangout song, is a beautifully told story. “We could call it even / You could call me “babe” for the weekend / ‘Tis the damn season, write this down / I’m stayin’ at my parents’ house.” Vocally, she sounds great in these songs, without sacrificing any of the emotion of the story.
In the next spot, is “tolerate it.” This is probably my favorite off of the album, just because of how vulnerable she is in this song. Vocally, she comes across as absolutely heartbroken, which comes across in the lyrics. I think a lot of people are going to relate to this song.
Up in the next spot, is a different kind of song, “no body, no crime.” feat HAIM. This is a fun song that lyrically, makes me think of “The Night That the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” by Reba. This song has everything you could want; murder, mystery, vocals, addictive instrumentals and a heck of a story. Check it out below.
Up next, is “happiness.” This is more stripped down and shows a vulnerable side to Taylor as well. This song puts her vocals in the forefront, which is very effective at telling the story of “happiness,” or the lack of being happy.
“dorothea,” is the next track on evermore. Instrumentally, this is pretty breathtaking, relying heavily on the piano melody. This instrumental display really brings you in to the vocals of the song, which again, are mesmerizing.
Next up is, “coney island,” feat The National. This one reminds me of “exile,” with Bon Iver from folklore. Their voices sounds really great together. Their harmonies are on point and again, the emotion is still there. It is impressive that someone can show so much emotion just through vocals and the story of the song, but they do that perfectly here.
“ivy,” is up next. This is a “brighter” sounding track, which is placed perfectly in the track list. “Ivy” is a lighter song but has a pretty captivating story. Here is what she had to say about some of the stories on this new album.
We are getting close to the end of the album, and “cowboy like me” is up next. She really has some interesting stories throughout this album. This one is no exception. A beautifully told story with beautiful instrumentals and harmonies. One of the standouts on the album.
“Never wanted love / Just a fancy car / Now I’m waiting by the phone / Like I’m sitting in an airport bar.”
“long story short,” is up next. This one is instantly a favorite, just from the upbeat instrumentals, to the story of the song. You will have this one on repeat for a while. “Long Story Short,” this is a great one.
“marjorie,” is up next, a heartbreaking ode to Taylor’s grandmother. This one has a similar sound to some of the other tracks but also is more experimental in some of the effects she uses. She mixes it up a bit, especially in the background. This is one of those songs that will keep you on your toes and wanting more. “And if I didn’t know better / I’d think you were listening to me now / If I didn’t know better / I’d think you were still around“
Second to last on evermore, is “closure.” This is probably the most experimental track off of the album. Some of the instrumental choices are very interesting, especially in the background. Usually, this kind of mix wouldn’t work, but Taylor finds a way to make it not only work, but sound fantastic as well.
Last on this surprise album, is the title track, “evermore,” feat Bon Iver. They are back again, since their track on folklore, “exile,” was a huge success. Relying heavily on piano and strings, this one is a perfect way to end evermore. Vocally, they both sound absolutely stunning together. They have seemed to work their magic again here.
Taylor Swift has proven again that she is a musical and lyrical genius. The stories that she tells have a way of resonating with listeners everywhere. 2020 hasn’t been the best year for everyone, but for Taylor Swift, it has been very artistic and she has put her best work forward. evermore is a stunning display of lyrically artistry. You will have this whole album on repeat. Listen to the songs/stories and go on this journey beyond the woods of folklore and into evermore.
Jerrett Franklin is a singer/songwriter from Loretto, TN. After growing up in a small town, he moved to Nashville to pursue a music career. After writing for a few different artists in the area, he decided to branch out and give local music the spotlight. That is where the idea for Nashville Music Reviews originated from. Nashville Music Reviews is dedicated to shining a light on local music and giving a voice to those who aren’t being heard.