Less than five months after Taylor graced us with the release of her eighth studio album, folklore, she gifts us the “sister record” titled evermore.
Out of nowhere on December 10th, Taylor sent out a string of posts on her social media announcing that her next album would be titled evermore. On top of that, she sent fans in a frenzy when she stated that this album would be released at midnight.
Swifties (as her dedicated fans are called — myself included) started preparing themselves for the release of her new album, and when that day arrived, it was obvious how this album is the “sister” to folklore.
Her ninth album, evermore (stylized as being in all lowercase just like folklore) gives us the continuation to the stories Taylor had created on the former album, leaving us to try to connect the many easter eggs we know she has left for fans to figure out.
But besides the treasure hunt and cottagecore dreams, evermore gives Taylor the opportunity to show us all that, when it comes to songwriting, she is a songwriter of such high caliber.
With evermore, all songs shine on their own just fine, including the lead single “willow,” but it’s songs like “champagne problems,” “gold rush,” “tolerate it,” and “dorothea” that truly showcase the finesse Taylor possesses when crafting her music.
Taylor collaborates once again with Bon Iver on the title track “evermore,” but she also collaborates with our favorite sister-trio HAIM on “no body, no crime” and The National on “coney island.”
So, if you’re looking to listen to an album that is a continuation of the journey that folklore took us on and feels like a warm hug from Taylor herself, evermore is just that.