Never have I felt the dire need to cry in the rain MORE.
Taylor Swift dropped a surprise album this past Friday, and grand statement alert: it may just be her best album yet.
The thing about Taylor Swift is that she gives you more than just a list of songs to listen to. She creates an entire world with her albums; from the aesthetic of her instagram, to the stories and characters within those lyrics, to the visuals that she releases with each song- it’s all a part of the world she creates in each era. Prior to its release fans asked Taylor what they should expect with folklore and she replied, “sad, beautiful, tragic” and boy did she deliver.
folklore combines the best parts of melancholy and yearning. It aches with the memories of a broken heart and celebrates the moments of falling in love. Though there is no denying that Taylor Swift has absolutely excelled in the pop world, it is so refreshing to see how easily she can move within genres. This album finds her back at her roots and it salutes the reasons why we all fell in love with Taylor in the first place.
With sixteen songs to choose from, you’ll be finding it hard to pick a favorite but here are some stand outs:
With the first track on the album, Taylor immediately lets you know what kind of ride you’re in for. Simple piano playing, a guitar in the background and vocals that ache; “the 1” has the perfect amount of yearning over a relationship that didn’t work out.
We were something, don’t you think so?
Rosé flowing with your chosen family
And it would’ve been sweet
If it could’ve been me
In my defense, I have none
For digging up the grave another time
But it would’ve been fun
If you would’ve been the one
– the 1
What could be described as the best collaboration of 2020 happened when Bon Iver and Taylor Swift got together for “exile”. I find unrequited love to be such an achingly-beautiful subject matter and “exile” captures every ounce of pain. It is haunting in its portrayal and the blend of voices make for a wonderful performance.
I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
You’re not my homeland anymore
So what am I defending now?
You were my town, now I’m in exile, seein’ you out
I think I’ve seen this film before
So I’m leavin’ out the side door
The drum beat in “this is me trying” is what captured me when I first listened to the song. Much like with Ben Abraham and Sara Bareilles duet, “This Is On Me”, I find myself wallowing in the self-deprecation of the lyrics.
They told me all of my cages were mental
So I got wasted like all my potential
And my words shoot to kill when I’m mad
I have a lot of regrets about that
I was so ahead of the curve, the curve became a sphere
Fell behind all my classmates and I ended up here
Pouring out my heart to a stranger
But I didn’t pour the whiskey
-this is me trying
Honesty feels like a common theme within every song. Taylor abandoned the antics and in turn gave us a soul-bearing album that would crawl in the inner-depths of our souls as we listen to it. The thing about these songs, because they truly are all wonderful, you will find new things to love with every listen. It’s the kind of album that will unearth memories that you had long ago buried and though painful, you’ll find yourself appreciative of it all.
I think society has moved past the need to pretend like Taylor Swift is not talented. Taylor Swift is clearly a force to be reckoned with.
Listen to folklore and come back here to tell me what you think!