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evermore

Taylor Swift

2020

evermore

Album Summary

Evermore (stylized in all lowercase) is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on December 11, 2020, through Republic Records, less than five months after the singer's eighth studio album, Folklore. Evermore was a spontaneous product of Swift's extended collaboration with her Folklore co-producer Aaron Dessner, with whom she had developed a creative chemistry. Swift launched Evermore as a surprise album like Folklore, dubbing them as sister records. She described Evermore as an offshoot of "the folklorian woods", which is an escapist, cottagecore-inspired, alternative music direction she first conceived with Folklore in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evermore is a record blending indie folk, alternative rock, country, and chamber rock genres, carried by wintry compositions of fingerpicked guitars, somber pianos, lavish strings, and sparse percussion. Impressionist storytelling and mythopoeia dominate its lyrical technique. The subject matter has been described as an anthology of tales about love, marriage, infidelity, and grief, exploring the complexities of human emotion. American bands Bon Iver, Haim, and the National contribute guest vocals. Earning widespread acclaim from music critics, Evermore was praised for its character studies, experimental production, and Swift's nuanced, expressive vocal performance. Reviews regarded the album a sequel or a counterpart to Folklore, and various publications listed it in their year-end rankings of the best albums of 2020. Evermore was nominated for Album of the Year at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, a second consecutive nomination for Swift in the category after winning it with Folklore the previous year. The album reached number one in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Greece, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Republic Records reported more than a million copies of Evermore sold in its first week globally. It was Swift's eighth consecutive Billboard 200 number-one debut, spending four weeks atop the chart, and marked the shortest gap between two number-one albums by a female act in Australia and the US, and the fastest accumulation of six number-ones in the UK by a female act. In the US, its tracks "Willow", "No Body, No Crime", and "Coney Island" impacted pop, country, and alternative radio stations, respectively; "Willow" became Swift's seventh Billboard Hot 100 number-one song and her second in 2020 after "Cardigan", making her the first ever act to simultaneously debut atop both Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts two times. Evermore was 2021's best-selling alternative music album and Americana album in the US and the UK, respectively.

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Rating

3.15

Votes

3680

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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I'm struggling to decide between a 1 and a 2 rating. I hope that my decision to give it 1 star doesn't stem from an intrinsic snobbishness, but I think I can still ground this rating in at least a superficial logic. Namely, that while this album wasn't offensive or unlistenabley bad, it was extremely bland. This blandness is coupled with the fact that the album is less than a year old, and hasn't had to withstand the test of time yet. I can't find anything in it that I could imagine is particularly new or has "redefined the genre." Therefore, although i'd rather listen to this kind of mediocrity than another 80s synth pop album, it still only gets 1 from me.

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Is this a typical Taylor Swift record? If so, what the hell have I been waiting for. Subtle, beautiful, nuanced and heart-felt. This is an album where the songs are the stars, not the singer. For me that's refreshing. The songs are great I would just ask for a little more variety in tempo and musical arrangements (read wish it rocked harder in places). 4 🌟

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5

The experience of listening to hot chocolate while remembering your mistakes in a positive light. Great presentation, cozy vibes, and gifted songwriting.

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5

Now here's a surprise, never, ever thought I would like a Taylor Swift Album but I have to say, on first listen to this I am pleasantly surprised at her skillful songwriting and musical ability. Highlights for me "'Tis The Damn Season" "Willow" and "Coney Island". I am converted to a "Swifty" after listening to this wonderful album. Justifiably on the list!

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She's a champion in her field, but that's pop.

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This is the musical equivalent of beige. It's a chicken korma. While it's not actively offensive, I find it genuinely bizarre as to why this has been included on a list of 1,001 albums to listen to. Speaking to my sister about it - she is, apparently, a fan of Taylor Swift - I should be paying attention to the lyrical wit and the musicianship. However - I'd genuinely prefer to listen to White on Blonde, a Texas album from 1997 that's known for being incredibly bland. I can honestly say that Texas is far more interesting, varied, punchy and listen-to-able. I cannot actually dislike this album - that would imply that it caused an emotion other the half-and-half mix of bafflement (as to why it's included) and boredom. Ultimately a nothingburger, I'm finding it hard to justify having written as much as I have about it. Oh well. At least I've listened to Texas again for the first time in nearly 25 years.

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I don't like modern pop music. This is a fact. Taylor Swift to me seems to be doing the same thing every other pop artist does. Nobody in the entire genre brings anything new to the table musically.

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I'm pretty sure there's more than 1001 better than this one...

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I love this sound and this direction for Taylor, but as a whole it still is the typical “love some songs, bored by others” experience I get from a lot of her albums. The aesthetic here is great though, I wish it was a little shorter/more consistent of a project so I would want to come back to it more. But tolerate it is just enough to push it into a 4 for me.

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If 2020 had any redeeming qualities to it, this listener begrudgingly admits this album was one of them. "evermore" seems to be Taylor Swift at her most balanced. The foundational country elements are noticeable here, and her foray into pop is too. This is a solid album with a rather unexpected enjoyment.

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A beautifully crafted album, cementing Swift's place as today's premier singer songwriter. Poetic, witty, insightful, Swift tells absorbing stories of doomed and sometimes happy relationships. The melancholy autumnal mood of this album is delightful - the production is excellent. Her prolific output is extraordinary - nine albums and she’s only 32 . So much more greatness to come.

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Faded into the background.

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I was surprised for that such a recent album was on the list (2020). I like the bands that contributed to a few tracks on the album. Because of my daughters I have a soft spot for Swift's '1989' album. On this first listen all of the songs were okay but nothing really grabbed me. I kept waiting for a hook. A little bit of the language made me wonder if Swift was trying on a more "gritty' image. "Gold Rush", "Coney Island", and "Long Story Short" are the favorites, but this album firmly resides in "okay".

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Like, I really hate listening to this type of music. Essentially what I hate about "pop music" is this perfect vocal-style, I like my vocals with some grit or humanness. This just feels so manufactured and processed. Instrumentally it's all fine, it's just pop vocals ruin it for me 100%. I have nothing against Taylor Swift as she clearly is successful at what she's doing, but it's just not for me in any capacity. Furthermore my impression is she has no different lyrical content beyond relationship woes which gets old, but I get it... that's a huge market. The better songs are with The National and Bon Iver but, it all still feels too "pure" for me. I can't relate to it at all. Like, it's like a 1 or 2 on enjoyment but I can't even properly rate this, so I guess it's just a 2 from me. I don't WANT to hate it but I really don't ever wanna listen to it again.

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Ugh. I did not need to hear this album before I died. I did not care for it. I suffered through it.

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She has a great voice. If she would work with a real producer and some decent songwriters, she could have a real impact on music, not just on record sales. This is a perfect example of having a template for a song and being forced to copy it for an entire album.

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5

Favourite Taylor album, all bangers

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5

This album is excellent - absolutely masterful production. I kind of knew earlier in a vague "not-her-target-audience" way that Taylor Swift deserves more credit than "pop icon on TV", but I'm very glad to have taken the time and listened to this full album. The poetic sensibility is brilliant: faintly classical in the construction and certain word choices, but naturally modern in overall tone at the same time. There are moments where I think this highly creative lyricism gets in the way of the musicality a tiny bit, but that is really the only flaw - and in the context of so many modern artists who provide nothing of value lyrically, I can't really say that caring about the narrative and poetry of a song just a little bit more than the melody can be seen as a downside at all.

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5

lyrically one of her best albums!

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5

Exceptional and genre bending

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5

I am skeptical that we have the perspective to determine the greats just a year later, but if anyone deserves the distinction it's T Swift. She has really made herself into a legend at a young age and continues to prove it. This album showcases her ability to do indie just as effectively as she navigates country or pop. The collaborations with Haim and Bon Iver are excellent surprises. "Cowboy like me" has permanently wormed it's way into my brain since I heard it. "No body no crime" is a hell of a well crafted song. The album drags toward the end, I think they could have cut some songs (like "coney island" "happiness" "long story short" and "marjorie"). But ultimately, the album showcases Taylor's exceptional and consistent songwriting ability and staying power.

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5

Wat een heerlijk album. Mooie nummers, het lijkt erop dat het leven van Taylor niet altijd over rozen gaat..

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5

Enjoyed this, very pleasant to listen to. Not as pop-y as earlier stuff. She has a great voice

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5

Love this so much - never got into a full T Swift album properly before!!! The story telling, the music, the voice, love it all. Fabulous. LOVE no body, no crime with HAIM. Although happiness is not my fave tune, the layers of music on that song are delicious. Also some of the lyrics in there are... evermore with Bon Iver makes me want to cry it's so emotional. There's a lot packed into this deluxe album and it's an exciting rollercoaster.

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Super!

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5

Atmospheric, introspective, experimental. Just love it. I have pretty much listened to Folklore and Evermore since they came out. Soundtracks of the pandemic for me.

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5

At this point, I think it's obvious that Taylor Swift is a beast of a songwriter and a powerhouse personality. She's shaped her career with sharp talent, unending energy, and sheer willpower. This album seems, on the surface, to be full of the breakup/hookup songs that seem to stuff the albums of 20-something female artists. But, once you stop and listen to the lyrics, it quickly becomes apparent that her writing is head and shoulders above her peers. The song "happiness" in particular is utterly brilliant writing. "When did all our lessens start to look like weapons..." Damn. Line after line, the song is arresting in its depth. Exceptionally impressive, emotionally aware, and surprisingly mature. I never thought I'd give a T. Swifty album five stars but here we are. Completely deserved.

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5

I don't want to like her, but Damn she's good.

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5

Love this so much

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5

Good album

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5

An album of good songs. Seems simple, very well done

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5

Judge me. I like folkie Taylor Swift. I have this on limited edition vinyl. Yeah i'm that person.

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5

Besides the country murder song it’s a good one (no peppy Taylor on this one though)

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5

What a treat this was, the first album that I have ever listened to from Taylor Swift. Hugely impressed and instantly replayed.

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5

Brilliant. How have I never heard this before? I don't go for her pop stuff (though it is clearly very good) but these folky singer-songwriter tunes are great.

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5

Very good. Two songs can be Zouk: Willow and Coney Island

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5

Passionate in a soulful way

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5

queen!

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5

6/1/22 AHHHH!!! Screaming, crying and throwing up!! So excited about this! Absolutely love this album and have loved it for two years now! This is certainly not my first time listening all the way through. The album starts out so strong with hits of Willow and one of my absolute favorites of all time, champagne problems. Plus we get No body, No crime on this album which is AMAZING as well! So happy! Such a good day! Favorite song: I can’t pick just one, but my tops are champagne problems and no body

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Listened to on 6/1/22 5/5 Favorite song: champagne problems, evermore, willow I love Taylor Swift and this album is no different - the perfect sad girl fall album

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5

Un samedi soir comme les autres

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This is an exquisite album. It's a big career leap few artists can successfully pull off even once. Taylor has deftly done this multiple times as if it were effortless. It's a stunning achievement. I am in love with this album. Deep and reflective lyrics backed by sparse, beautiful arrangements. There were so many striking moments where I stopped and just lost myself in the world of the song. Taylor is on an incredible journey and I'm happy to be able to tag along in this tiny way. Now I can unreservedly name one wonderful thing that came out of 2020.

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5

This was the perfect thing for a rainy Sunday afternoon. It felt sophisticated, intimate, and warm. Loved it.

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5

Each song on this album took me to such a vivid place. I loved each of these journeys. This is one I want to listen to again and again.

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5

Pues muy bonito, ¿no? Coney island con The National

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5

Jesus Christ this woman has me in a choke hold. Never heard this album before and it’s instantly my favorite TSwift album. Her lyrics are Bob Dylan level. I SAID IT.

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4

3.5 really! Enjoyed the bon iver duet

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A pleasant listen, however if you really want to listen to “relationship music” with a C&W sound to them then I think John Mayer has TS licked. Not convinced it should be in the 1001 albums to listen to but what do I know, I’m just a listener

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En su momento lo escuché y me gustó mucho la canción que hizo junto a Bon Iver, la que da nombre al disco. No le hace falta promoción tratándose de quien se trata.

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I was expecting not to like this, but it was surprisingly pleasant.

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Swift has always been more than just a singer of vindictive breakup songs, as her detractors say. The sister lockdown albums have "I'm more than what you think" written all over them, and the indie folk sound suits her well. I never thought I'd be a guy who has strong opinions about how Taylor Swift's albums are ranked, but...folklore is better. Best track: Happiness

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Corona hat uns allen zugesetzt, aber nachm dritten reheasal in anfänglicher Zuneigung wirkt zunächst alles wie eine ausgelaugte „unplugged“ Version eines woken Dance Albums. Die Bon Iver Collabo offenbart den Canyon zwischen Anspruch und Wirkung. Frankenstein Pop! („closure“) Was wirklich reißt: alle Lyrics. Das hier ist ein musikalisches diary, pur und nachvollziehbar („Tis the dann season“ / „champagne problemls“, ). Außerdem wird sich nicht so groß gefühlt, eher klein, selbst Album- wie auch Song-Titel sind kleingeschrieben, quasi vor der Aufgabe geschrumpft, etwas großes zu schaffen mit vermeintlich wenig Aufwand. Aber: es funktioniert! Vor allem aufgrund des gespielt authentischen Leidens eines wachsenden Mädchens („happiness“) Ich höre hin. Das 3., 4., 5. und nicht letzte Mal. Wäre dies aber auf Deutsch, dann leider das letzte Mal. Komisch oder? Und so amerikanische Songs wie „Cowboy like me“ hieven alles ein, zwei Nummern höher. Auch komisch, oder? Seltsam flirrende 3.7

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4

Better than I was expecting, def better than most of what I've had in the last 40 days of doing this.

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Classic indie album. Quite good with it too, but nothing stands ott it for me on first listen

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4

better than I expected. Enjoyable eclectic sound.

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Ik doe eens gek en geef 4 sterren. Dit is de meest recente plaat die we tot nu toe gedraaid hebben. Dat vond ik sowieso al leuk. Ook ben ik totaal niet thuis in de Taylor Swifts, daarom was ik benieuwd. En hoewel misschien wat veel van hetzelfde, vond ik het behoorlijk aangenaam.

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4

An excellent album. I think Taylor Swift is an excellent song writer and I'm really enjoying this new phase of music, for me it shows a that she is a very good musician. However, this album just isn't as good as Folklore so I'm very surprised that it's on here and Folklore doesn't seem to be.

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I feel like there's been a trend for naming songs in lowercase, seems to be a recent thing 🤷 Taylor Swift definitely has a place in my heart, really enjoyed listening to this album, liked the one about murder, and 'tis the damn season' was great

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4

Good music! Oh, it's about dysfunctional relationships? All of it? Still good music!

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I don't know how an album this recent made it onto the list, but this and folklore were my pandemic guilty pleasures. I like folklore much more though.

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4.5 People can say what they want about taylor swift but this album fucks

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Well - Saturdays seem to be for pop icons now! Hello Taylor Swift. This is quite pleasant. I prefer her poppier stuff, but her gift has always been being a cleverer lyricist than her music lets on, and this more wintry album still lets her do this. There's some great stuff on here, back to back - Tis the Season, Tolerate It and No Body, No Crime are all first class. I really wasn't expecting to rate this album as highly as I did.

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4

Good song writing that seems to stick to a theme. My only gripe is that a few tracks feel a bit repetitive in subject matter and the album could've done with trimming down a bit but overall an enjoyable listen.

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The album starts of really strong with "Willow" and finishes strong with "Evermore". However the middle gets a bit samey for me. I like the new kind of style for this compared to Taylor's previous work, but I wish she went even further with it.

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i like it, her song writing is always impressive

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Ona da nema ljubavne tegobe, ne bi mogla ni imat toliko albuma, a kamoli pjesama. Paz ovo sad, ne volim baš Swifticu, a kamoli njene hc fanove - bolesni su (ima još takvih artista koji imaju takve fanove, a sad da ne govorim....). E sad, kad sam to reko, ovaj album pokazuje da Aaron Dessner (The National) i ona imaju dobru kemiju, izvuku ipak nešta da valja, da je slušljivo (u ovom slučaju veoma). Također, dobri featurinzi, nisu bezvezni, sasvim su pokazali svoje gostovanje, poput pravih gostiju. Definitivno neke pjesme idu na jednu od mojih plejlista i priznajem prije svega Hrvat sam! I sviđa mi se album (3 puta preslušao), jer ovo nije njen čisti klasični popični album, ovdje je umrljan folk u tkaninu i dodan chamber u pop smjesu. Sad me zanima i njen Folklore (album). + willow, happiness, dorothea coney island, ivy, long story short, closure

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Niet gedacht dat ik dit album goed ging vinden. Niet overweldigend, maar leuk om te luisteren

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4

Swift is solid at this point. Each album and move is more refined than the last. A great album, but no hits in my opinion.

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4

Very simple folk music. Very easy to listen to which can be great at times. It's also very pretty. But it also doesn't knock my socks off at any point, either. It's just solid.

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Perhaps I overlooked this, in preference to Folklore, but these more gentle songs are real growers

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Wasn't expecting too much from this album but ended up feeling pleasantly surprised by it.

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4

A very good example showing that strong songwriting by an artist can work in any genre. Taylor shows she doesn't have to be bombastically pop to make great pop music. Solid work through and through.

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6.5/10

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7/10 i tend to be pretty critical of Taylor Swift, and while neither the songwriting nor the vocal performance of evermore are outstanding, this album definitely has its charm. The second half especially has some good tunes, and while I found this a bit boring to listen to the production is flawless throughout.

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A good listen but not as good as folklore

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She is very talented but this is not really my thing but I have great respect for her.

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I had heard that Folklore was good but I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I can't really add more than other reviews have. It was really enjoyable to listen to and there is beautiful depth to Taylor Swifts voice and songwriting. The synergy with her collaborators is spot on, strengthening her style rather than being dominated by something different. Only minus is that some of it sounds like I have heard it before. Probably due to Jack Antonoff having written with so many other artists recently. Not necessarily a bad thing but distracting

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I’m not a Taylor Swift fan but really liked Folklore and this sister record sequel continues the folky cottagecore thang…

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I might be feeling a bit Swifty.

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I am a swiftie

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I do love this album, but not her best one.

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Although its questionable if this is a must hear, it still is a very good album. This music style is the logical evolution to Taylor's early Country-Pop and she is able to create a very atmospheric experience here. No song is a masterpiece but there are a handful of 4 star songs and overall this album is, although a bit too long, a great listening experience

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A natural progression in her discography. After two very commercial and radio-friendly pop album, it’s nice to see her go to her songwriting roots with nothing but a guitar and piano. If you like the sound of one song, you’ll like them all. It’s more an atmosphere being sold throughout rather than a collection of great songs on an individual levels. It works and its an enjoyable listen.

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4

Truly a lovely album. National guitarists and one of the best country-pop songwriters equals a stunning classic, even if it wasn't created during the pandemic.

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Well arranged

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I still think Evermore and Folklore are mostly neck and neck for me. I definitely come back to this like her other album but for different reasons. This one feels more in tune to her older material like Red but more mature with Taylor's vocal experience.

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I had already listened to this album prior to starting this challenge, however I have been wanting to listen to this project again for a while soooo I’m glad I had the opportunity to do so. Overall, the album was better then I remember it being. Compared to Taylor’s previous album, Folklore, this one definitely feels more folky and is more geared towards her excellent songwriting. This album feels like her most mature yet and I’m hoping she continues in this direction for her next project. Highlights: champagne problems, tolerate it, happiness, ivy

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Favorite song was probably Champagne Problems. The album starts really strong, gets a little forgettable in the middle , but ends with a bang with Bon Iver.

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Pretty good honestly.

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Extremely polished and accomplished and benefitting greatly from expert production (which is a reminder of why at least one and probably multiple records from The National should be in here), this is the work of a maturing artist.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Willow, No body,no crime

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I found my enjoyment of this album increasing the longer it went on. The second half in particular is very chilled and lovely. It's not pushing any boundaries, but nice simple songs and melodies with polished but back-to-basics production. I prefer this a lot this to Swift's more showy '1989' album, which is also on this list. It's not aimed at me, but I would happily put this on on a relaxed Sunday afternoon. I wonder if the kids these days know how lucky they are to have Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish when we had to make do with B*witched and Billie Piper? Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: no body, no crime Date listened: 01/07/22

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This is the second Taylor Swift album on this list.....and..... I really enjoyed the first one, and that trend continues with this one. I particularly enjoyed the collaboration with The National

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This is an excellent album that I was not expecting! Last week I got another Taylor album on this list, and the difference in 4 or 5 years of her project "getting. back to her roots or something like that" is working. I still think that this album is quite long, but I'm genuinely curious about the next steps of her career (something that I never believed was possible:-P)

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4

This album has several songs I really like (Long Story Short, Evermore) as well as others I can't remember. All in all it reminds me of Charlottesville.

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Second album is fckin Tay tay. Tizzle mcswizzle. Pleasant on the ears. Applauded for switching up her style which had been the same for like a decade.

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Huge fan of Folklore, so when Evermore dropped I was ecstatic! I don't think it left the same impression as Folklore, though. It's a little more subdued and a little darker in subject matter. If Folklore is wandering into the woods then Evermore is getting lost. Great album though!

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Really love this version of Taylor. Think I prefer Folklore to this one, but the vibe is one of my favorites

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4

Folk, pop. Dulce, agradable, tranquilo.

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3

Nada especial. Lo escuche y no recuerdo ninguna de las canciones.

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Very inoffensive

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7/10

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Never listed to a TS album before. Will give another go. Some decent collaborators

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Beautiful album, great voicings, good lyrics. Not my jam, but I like her music craft.

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3

Pretty standard pop. Back half of the album had some memorable songs

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Doesn't start off amazing, but gets better. Usually not a massive fan of her singing voice, but I enjoy a good deal of these songs. no body, no crime is excellent.

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nice homogenic, got a bit boring at some point, nevertheless good stuff

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Buen disco. Se nota la calidad de la producción y la calidad de Taylor, pero creo que aún está lejos de trascender como para ser un disco que se deba escuchar antes de morir, no niego que los premios ganados no hayan sido merecidos, pero aún no deja un legado

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Didnt think I'd enjoy it but I did. Not as great as the hype, but thats the way it is with pop

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6/10

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Ach ja ... irgendetwas mag ich an diesem Ultrahighloss-Verschnitt eines Next-Door-Girls. Ihre Straightness, das gut kalkuliert eingestreute Spiel mit Unsicherheit und Status, und aber auch diese bossy Attitude. Ist mein Deutsch eigentlich gerade so englisch weil sie halt auch so dermaßen All American Girl ist? Ich weiß es nicht, und ehrlich gesagt bringt sie mich auch nicht gerade dazu, das jetzt sonderlich tief zu reflektieren. Schöne Musik zum Geschenke einpacken ist das, mit 2,7 Punkten dafür.

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Liked it more than I thought I would, drags on for a bit though. I enjoyed having it in the background

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Ik vond dit boven verwachting goed te doen. Niet van die bubbelgum pop zoals op haar eerdere platen. Goede liedjes!

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Beetje gelikt en soms ook wel wat tam, maar verder best wel tof. Maar respect voor Swift om zo van haar bubblegum imago af te komen.

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turns out everyone can relate to being a teenager

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It's very funny to read the reviews of the album. From "crappy" to "genre novelty". I found the album quite decent. Nothing new under the sun, but very pleasant to listen to. (5/10) FT: evermore

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Well well well, she popped up. Look I didn't hate it and the first one was quite catchy. I guess my problem with TS is that I just don't get the hype, like for me its all FINE and a lot of it is just so beige. I have enjoyed her tunes in the past, Shake it Off is a vibe, but a lot of this just blurred in. But I'm not going to give it a 1* just to make a point, cos it wasn't bad like recent Neil Young or Elvis Costello where it made me MAD.

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Not my favorite Swift honestly. But it isn't exactly the worst.

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In which Taylor does her best Eminem impression. Relative to her image, of course. Ssure, she's not writing in grawlix, but there are enough fucks and shits to invalidate her PG rating. Even more than "At dinner parties I call you out on your contrarian shit" 'Tis the damn season remodels her as a sophisticated dame in a whip-smart middlebrow movie. The plotting could use some work. no body, no crime is a fun genre exercise, but as conventional as they come. And I'm not sure "Good thing my daddy made me get a boating license at sixteen" and "I've cleaned enough houses to know how to clean a scene" checks out class-wise. But now I'm being picky. A lean and muscular workout that is arguably her best album by accident. And she's not just flashing her writerly talents here. She's staking her claim to being the most accomplished vocalist in Pop-Indie. Whatever the hell that is.

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It was okay. I don't think it deserves to be on this list, but I don't want to be a hater. So let's go with a 3.

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Enjoyed this one. Nothing crazy but I could see myself throwing this on from time to time.

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Igual o último.

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Seci kraljice 👑

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Mislim da je Taylor dobar tekstopisac i njena pjesma "Style" mi je hitČINA, pa imam neki respekt za nju, žena ima svoj craft. Al me nije nikad privukla njena glazba da postanem fan. Nekako sam ravnodušna prema njenim stvarima, ne izaziva mi puno emocija. Ali lijep mi je ovaj album. Kohezivan je, sviđaju mi se kolaboracije i dosta se čuje utjecaj Aarona Dessnera. Al opet sam ravnodušna koliko god sam htjela da mi se svidi. Vjerojatno je do njene vječno iste i jako prepoznatljive tematike.

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It’s fine. I enjoyed the first half more than I expected, but it began to drag after that. Would rather listen to 1984

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A lot of these songs seem to hit the same chord for me. Good... not great. Really like the song with the lead singer of the National, though.

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6/10. The last thing you want from Taylor Swift is an album that goes on for a whole goddamn hour, but as it turns out, that might be exactly what you get. On the upside, I kinda liked it besides that, her lyrics have gotten more interesting at least, even if the music is just kind of yawny sad-girl hours

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Much better than the last Taylor Swift album we had. The music is lovely and the lyrics are nice, if not a little girlie.

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Pleasant enough to listen to but not much really leapt out. The inversion of the usual trope in the "murder ballad" wasn't quite enough to elevate it (and is it, like, supposed to be some kinda girlpower anthem? Cause it's still wrong to murder someone over infidelity), and the final cut with Bon Iver gave an unflattering focus on just how watered down the rest of the folkified pop was.

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Non è brutto, ma è un po' noioso. Mi piaceva di più l'altro, 1989.

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better than I expected? I haven't listened to her since hs so it was cool hearing her drop fuck

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Went on a bit, but has nice moments.

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Taylor Swift fait de la pop intéressante. Elle écrit bien et son virage vraiment pop avec l'album 1989 a été bénéfique pour sa carrière. J'apprécie de plus en plus cet album. Ici on se rapproche du country-folk de départ, mais avec un son pop plus subtile. Je trouve que c'est une bonne balance. Probablement un album que je vais remettre en streaming à l'occasion pour faire plaisir à ma fille qui l'aime bien et quand j'ai envie d'un peu de pop bien écrite.

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Un dels discos de la pandèmia del Covid. I un dels més aclamats. En aquells moments, Swift era gairebé intocable i, tot i que el disc és força consistent, no és ni s'apropa als grans discos de pop del període. Malgrat tot, del llarg minutatge hi ha molts temes que s'adhereixen i no hi ha cap de dolent

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Because Taylor Swift is my wife's favorite artist, I've heard more of her work than I probably care to. Imo, this isn't her best work. It's good. It's chill. It's not exactly ground breaking.

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Aina hienoa, kun levy paranee loppu kohti. Ja vokaalit on kyl miellyttäviä, paha sanoa muuta.

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Yllättäen pidin tästä. Aika vimmasii tekstejä ja voksut toimii mulle kyl. 3/5

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altså det er jo ret godt tbh

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its an okay folk pop album, hollow is interesting but there is not another song that can live up to the same level. Not bad but not outstanding either.

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No pop tunes here but not much I would go back for. Though the album is very listenable. Something to play when you're up at the cottage by yourself.

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taylor

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3.5

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Taylor relies on singer-songwriter tropes but doesn’t have the clout to pull it off. Luckily there’s some well-written material amongst the cacophony of easily digestible whiny diatribes.

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I found this album a bit dull. Sorry. There is nothing here that can hold a candle to Shake It Off or Look What You Made Me Do.

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i wish i liked this more!!!!!

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I appreciate how Taylor Swift has grown as an artist and songwriter; however, this really isn't my thing.

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Genre: Folk Pop 3/5 Taylor Swift released her mega-hit Folklore in July 2020, an album that represented a very heavy shift for Taylor in terms of her sound, fully eschewing her usual lush pop arrangements and instead utilizing sparse folk stylings. She then immediately followed it with this, Evermore, a quasi-sequel released less than 5 months apart. This album opts for more mellow and relaxed arrangements, but much like in the movies, the sequel is lackluster in comparison to its predecessor, but it's not altogether terrible. Taylor has always had a very nice voice, and folky, pared back music like this unfortunately doesn't do it too many wonders, but her voice here does a lot of the legwork, effectively saving most of these pieces here from falling into total boreland. No Body, No Crime featuring HAIM, is a perfect example of a rather generic Americana tune totally saved by great vocal performances from all the women involved on this track. The album's outro and title track, a little ambient folk ditty that also features some song-saving guest vocal work, this time from Bon Iver. As for the rest of the album, it all plays out fairly uneventfully, but it's an inoffensive record that sounds great and feels much shorter than its 1 hour runtime. Not bad.

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Folk music for teenagers. It gives the sense that it's a kind of masterpiece but it's a very lame masterpiece. Almost all songs are similar and with her expressive popish voice I myself, cannot connect with the words she singing. Good but not good enough to be included here.There are much better others artists albums of her kind ,maybe not so known that offer more interesting results

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I feel like the weakest part of the album are the instrumentals. They're all pretty, but sometimes they don't match up with Taylor's voice, creating something that just doesn't blend well together. The guests on here all do well, and Taylor's voice and lyrics range from passible to good. My favorite parts are where she dips into her country music roots. Favorite tracks: "No Body, No Crime", "Ivy", "Gold Rush"

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si je l'avais écouté en décembre devant la cheminée avec un chat sur les genoux j'aurais probablement mis une meilleure note, malheureusement j'étais en fait dans le métro et il faisait 33 degrés

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Hey - it's the most recent album on the list, so that's impressive. I wouldn't say I'm a TS fan, but - whatever - I get it. She's a good storyteller, good songwriter, and she comes across as genuine. And this is definitely better than her first few country/pop albums. It seems much less radio friendly and more "artsy" - which I appreciate.

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Cookie cutter indie pop sound with some country leanings. Not for me but it's an inoffensive listen so 3*s

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There wasn't anything specifically bad about the album. It was easy enough to hear, but not much really grabbed me as particularly exciting...kind of one note for me today, I guess.

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This and Folklore both are without all the pop production elements. This makes them much more approachable.

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Not bad! I didn't know the first song belonged to this LP.

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probably pretty good but I need to be in the mood

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Solid album, but it’s too goddam sad. I don’t have time for this level of sadness, but it was nice to hear Taylor’s newer music. She has evolved immensely from her debut, and I like the more lowkey direction she’s taking.

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I didn't expect to actually kind of like it.

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Folk-pop. Muy buena voz. Ni fu ni fa.

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I liked it more than I thought I would. Stronger first half and the National and Haim tracks were nice. Favorite: long story short

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Fine album. I like her other stuff more but not bad by any means

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Beautiful lyrically and musically but feels like this wasn't her best work. Preferred folklore to this album.

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Pretty good overall. The album establishes a nice mood overall. The songs are simple and the instrumentation is very reserved, allowing for Taylor's voice to carry every song.

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Heard a lot of TSwizzle due to my wife. Don't mind it or love it. Just there

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My least favorite Taylor album

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more enjoyable than i expected? mostly not for me, but i did like "no body no crime". a sordid tale of lust, cunning, and revenge; with nods to hardboiled romance thrillers like double indemnity and gone girl

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Not bad. It’s funny how even as artists grow and change there can still be elements of their new work that sound just like what they did 10 or 20 years ago.

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Not a fan of T swift but this was decent

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Surpreendeu pela qualidade do pop.

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A bit of a chameleon, that Taylor. VERY fast at making clothes too, if we're to trust her name.

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Who put this here

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Meh

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I don't think such new albums should be on these lists. That being said, this was a very enjoyable album and I'd like to hear more of it. 2/5.

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The best from this album IMO: - Willow - No Body, No Crime This album didn't catch my attention. I can recognize she has talent but her music just isn't for me. 2.0/5

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My wife listens to this while she’s driving all the time and I absolutely hate to admit I like the song about murder. 2/5

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Very unremarkable.

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I...can't. I just can't. I don't even care if it's 'incredible'. I just...nope. I won't give a 1-star because that's mean but 2 for simply existing seems fair.

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Although I respect her as an artist for rerecording her own material to reclaim ownership from her label, and even perhaps as a person for her acts of generosity to independent record stores, I can't say I enjoyed this. I have tried to listen to these two more recent albums of hers being touted as experimental and I had high hopes of being pleasantly surprised but I just don't hear it. This sounds very much like other pop music of the past 20 years or so. Granted, she herself has informed that sound for at least 3/4 of that time, but it is a sound that I generally dislike and that occasionally makes me cringe. The guest artists only seem to make it worse. I really tried to stay open minded and give this one a chance, but in the end it's just not for me. I'll write this off to me getting older and becoming a curmudgeon. Sorry TSwift fans.

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Boring balladry…. Not a scratch on her more poppier output!

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Interesting to start with but soon became almost soporifically boring. Just platitudes set to music.

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She has objective talent but the "music" is drivel.

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meh

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Yawn

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In which domineering pop icon Taylor Swift co-opts and bastardizes the label of 'indie' to take up shelf space and sales that should've gone to actual indie artists Musically I can't add anything new to what's already been said here. The album is inoffensive and blandish, but not altogether unlistenable. What has always repulsed me from Swift's music is the blatant inauthenticity in her image and actions. From the time when she pulled her music from Spotify because she 'wasn't making enough' (when her net worth was already in the millions) to now, where she attempts to pass as a reformed indie artist in some sort of half-assed musical rebirth, everything has been a calculated play not in the interest of making music but money. Swift is a cultural chimera, adapting her image to whatever will sell the most albums actual musical content be damned. Her true artistry ended after she abandoned thoughtful songwriting and actually decent musicianship on the first two country albums and traded them in for the big bucks making soulless pop smashes that dominated the cultural zeitgeist for years. So no, Taylor, you don't get to claim to be an indie artist after topping the Billboard time and time again, no matter how many attempted soulful piano ballads and The National collabs you stick on one LP.

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Aparte de lo que ponen en la radio solo había escuchado su album "folklore" y este parece una continuación o algo así de esa línea musical (por lo que he visto en Wikipedia es así). Acústico, tranquilo, me gusta como el anterior pero tampoco es que sea algo imprescindible en esta vida. Lo mejor creo que son las colaboraciones con The National (coney island) y Bon Iver (evermore).

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There is nothing atrocious on this record. Nothing bad, but really nothing interesting either. It was surprisingly boring. I don't get why this music gets so much fame and praise. Who knows!

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I have one question. Why is it on this list? I mean, it's not a bad album, but it's a very dull one. A full hour with the same rhythm, the same tone... And don't start me on the lyrics. A folk pop album amongst so many others of the same kind... Why this one in particular? There was so much more in the year 2020 alone... Anyway, next.

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I guess I'm not the one to judge of her work because I'm not part of her fanbase nor am I a fan of this kind of pop, but I found this album painfully linear. Well produced but very cold in her delivery. It's just not for me, at least I can confirm this now.

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Some good stuff here but it’s hidden in that god-awful contemporary pop production. I guess my beef is more with that then with Taylor. Oh well

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Ugh. I hate vocal effects.

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Taylor Swift on muuten ihan ok peruspoppista, mutta voisko se kaikkien näiden vuosien jälkeen tehdä muitakin biisejä ku nyyhkiä jonkun pojan perään? On maailmassa muitakin biisiaiheita. 2/5 ei oo poikaa kenen perään itkeä.

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En følsom Taylor, pop uden at være irriterende, helt ok, lidt kedeligt

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So at first I was excited to see this album, because I knew it and because it was possibly the most recent album I've seen on this list. I didn't really know to expect the album either, because as far as I was aware the 1,001 stopped around 2015 and I had no idea that they added anything else. Guess there's some other things to look forward to. Then I realized that this was evermore a not folklore. Folklore was an album that came out at the perfect time in 2020 during the pandemic. It really turn me into a Taylor Swift then, and it made me go back through her catalog, not because of the pop and country but because of the solid songwriting. Folklore was an absolute home run, amazing, quiet, intimate, powerhouse showcase. And then I realized that this was evermore. I have no idea why evermore is on the list. It's possibly proof that folklore was lightning in a bottle, or that it was possible leftovers coming 6 months later. It's boring. I worked my way through this again after only having listened to it once, which is also interesting because it was an album I looked forward to for a long time. There's a few tracks on here that hold up, and the back half of the album finishes strong, but it's too long and too samey.

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Bearable.

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Found this pretty boring but some good ones?

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A whole album of the lulls that a good artist would put between the bangers.

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I know Taylor Swift supposedly reinvented herself in lockdown, and I actually gave the other one (folklore) a listen (meh) - in the end despite its new shiny folk/indie jacket, it still just sounds like modern pop music with those chamber vocal motifs and whiny songwriting/lyrics. 30min would have made it a 3, but at an hour that's a 2/5.

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Lacks diversity and fails to distinguish itself from other generic albums of the current age.

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How does one manage to sing placidly while fantasizing a murder? More fine radio pop that didn't move me an inch. Don't think I'm ever going to become a Swifty.

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La production est bonne mais je ne crois pas que cet album mérite d'être sur cette liste. 1989 est beaucoup plus intéressant en terme d'impact et de réinvention pour cette artiste qui vient du monde de la country. Je respecte cette artiste et tend tout de même une oreille à ce qu'elle produit comme albums, mais à part les pièces willow, no body, no crime, coney island et evermore le reste de cet album ne s'est pas vraiment démarqué en musique de fond.

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Y’a du bon dans cet album, mais ça ne va pas là.

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Ok, but not a favourite

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Not much to redeem

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This lady sucks

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Nope

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Extremely difficult for me to connect here. Another record I delayed a long time to try because I have a dire prejudice/aversion. To be fair, this seems somewhat comparable to Lana Del Rey in form, but I also abhor anything adjacent to Taylor Swift. TS is exponentially more impactful in this timeline than LDR. Anyway, from my limited perspective I torturously found this record to be shallow, bilious, and shallow.

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Nice voice.

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kanye better

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So boring I couldn't finish it, just really not my thing sorry.

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thought she was much more upbeat at least, wrist cutting music

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better than 1989, but that’s like saying Stalin was better than Hitler overall, eh, like a 2/10 I thought that song in 5/4, closure, was pretty impressive, it’s hard singing in five also, as an aphex twin fan, I got kinda excited hearing the drums kick in on long story short, but then she had to once again ruin it with her dumbass vocals like shit dude, some of these songs actually had pretty decent instrumentals, like dorothea was alright, not great but alright she just has to ruin any tiny, minuscule amount of good with the most basic-bitch vocals and mind-numbing lyrics, it’s a pain in the ass for me to listen to music like this also jesus christ, did she write no body, no crime? did she think she was writing something cool there? gotta be some of the dumbest fucking lyrics I’ve ever heard, just fabricate a made up character doing something mean and then have the biggest overreaction to that made up thing idk mid at best guess that’s her whole career, really

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That was absolutely painful. Perhaps if I had a full frontal lobotomy then I might find it enjoyable.

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Well it definitely sounds like it was made in 2020. I'm not just trying to be contrary to everything popular, but it is really obvious to me that pop music in our era is not very original or inventive. They're not daring with their song structures or chord progressions. I've heard way too many songs that sound just like this album, and the most the songs on this album are indistinguishable. Props to "closure" for being in 5/4 though. Yeah sure it's produced well (usually TOO well). But it's bland. The actual music behind her voice is usually so simple; it sounds like a default backing track on Garage Band or something. Once in a while there's a guitar part in the background that's more than just strumming, but it's mixed so quietly. Actual musical talent is NOT what gets you popular in today's world, but that's what I admire. The themes are just as basic too; how many "love going wrong/being hard" songs or "girl coming-of-age type" songs can one person write before it's too much of the same? All the songs sound like they're made for crying or listening to while looking out a rainy window. But they just do not resonate with me at all. I never hated it at any point but it's just soooo meh. It's a reminder of why I don't like today's pop music. And there weren't any bangers here like on her early albums; it's all just "sadgirl hours" songs. Even though her early hits weren't interesting, at least they were fun. P.S. I'm curious who the first sadgirl was to make all her song titles lowercase. Why does everybody do it now?

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Would give 1.5 if an option. Bon Iver’s appearance and a few other moments worth a re-listen. Otherwise, would never put this on by choice

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Nowadays I just hate TS. The music is bland, predictable, the works

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No for me, Country Taylor Swift is no fun

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Taylor Swift es una cripto-nazi.

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Why go to Taylor Swift painfully trying to build some sort of indie folk cred for herself? (the strategy is clear here: she's got to cater for her aging target audience) And more importantly, why go to her when you can go for the real thing, i.e. Other Lives, Weyes Blood, Aldous Harding or Big Thief? My take is that 80% of the audience falling for this sort of album does not know the first thing about what's going on on the margins of the mainstream music industry these days... And yes, that *does* include the writers of this list, who clearly lost most of the plot when it comes to recent stuff. You can bet your cowboy boots the acts I've quoted up there (especially Big Thief) will leave a far more memorable trace in music history than Swift's half-baked attempt to sound, well, "authentic". And it's not *all* about being a gatekeeper for certain genres, I'm also speaking in musical terms here. When Swift's voice is not bland, it tries too hard to inject feelings to her lame vocal lines. Everything is glossy--way too polished for an indie record--the songwriting looks as if it was done through corporate commitees (guess what, it was, contrary to what the official credits are saying--just listen out to those who are in the known on such things), and so, logically enough, the overall result is just boring as hell. I'd rather go to her pop albums of the early 10s. At least, I would find something that makes sense there, even if it's not exactly to my liking. And for those who might argue that her collaborators do have that indie cred I can't see anywhere in here, maybe they should start to reconsider their knowledge in the indie folk genre (to me, The National and post-*For Emma Forever Ago* Bon Iver are overrated anyway, so they can't really save Taylor from this debacle desperately trying to sound like an artistic breakthrough). Awesome PR work on the part of her agents if you're thinking of using this argument here. To each their own and the likes, so I guess you can like this thing, of course. But to me, trying to defend *evermore*'s artistic merits falls in either one of these two categories: a. your knowledge of current music is lacking. b. you're mostly focusing on the lyrics (nothing wrong about them of first listens), and consequently, you're not too bothered by unsurprising, linear melodies and all-too-safe production choices that don't have a shred of personality in them. Your call. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 864 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 74 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 34 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 29 (including this one)

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not my style

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I can imagine that if you're into this style that the songs are cool and all. But... I find it vapid and redundant. For all I could tell this was one long song to teenage girls. I hope to FSM that there isn't another TS album on my list.

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No. It's not good. With this album, Swift lost all the goodwill she'd earned from me after folklore. I did not listen to it again because life is too short.

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This was boring it’s all ms swift doing super calm acoustic stuffs it all sounds the same. Shall be immediately forgotten

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