Taylor Swift Evermore review

Evermore album cover (2020)

Evermore album cover (2020)

Loren Savage, Writer

To say I was surprised when singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift, announced the release of her ninth studio album, Evermore, would be an understatement. I was completely shocked. Like Evermore’s sister album Folklore, the announcement was a surprise. Swift posted nine pictures on Instagram, each revealing a small piece of the album cover, and after all pictures were posted she added another one officially announcing that the album would be released later that night.

I was afraid that the album would feel rushed, because Folklore was released only about four months prior to Evermore, but I can happily say that the album does not sound like it was put together hastily at all. The album is marvelous. The music is elegant and lively. It combines sounds Taylor has used before to create a new sound. Songs like “Willow” sound as if songs off her albums Lover and Folklore combined to create something even better. On this song, Swift mixes the cheery and fun pop elements from Lover with the indie country sound of Folklore to create a new sound that I think is unique to Evermore. The sound Swift has created on Evermore is not only unique to her discography, but to the entire music world. There is nothing that I can compare this album to, while there are one or two songs that remind me of songs by other artists, they are all different enough to not sound like you are listening to the same song on repeat.

Each song is different and has its own special sound. The songs “No Body, No Crime (feat. HAIM)” and “Cowboy Like Me” both sound like country music, but their sounds are diverse from each other. “No Body, No Crime (feat. HAIM)” is more upbeat and uses instruments that are more specific to the country music genre. In “Cowboy Like Me” the song is slower and uses some traditional country music instruments mixed with indie/rock sounds. Swift uses her voice and lyrics to make the song sound like a country song. While both songs fit perfectly into the country genre, they both have different tones.

Evermore perfectly marries so many different sounds without sounding busy and uncoordinated. Swift uses her earlier country sound, pop sounds from previous albums, and the indie sound that is unique to Folklore and Evermore, to create something we’ve never heard from her before.

Evermore is a very fitting sister album to Folklore. They both sound similar without sounding identical.

With her most recent two albums, Swift has started to lean more towards country music again. This time, she is using storytelling in her songs, which is very popular in the country music genre. On Evermore, Swift tells a story with the song “No Body, No Crime (feat. HAIM)”. This song tells a story of adultery and murder. It is very similar to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”. Swift also tells the story of a young girl rising to fame and a former love interest of the star wondering if she still remembers them in the song “Dorothea”. Swift said that not every song on the album is about a real person and that some of them are just made up stories.

The album was announced along with the tracklist. There were two songs that immediately caught my attention, “Evermore (feat. Bon Iver)” and “Champagne Problems”. “Evermore (feat. Bon Iver)” immediately caught my attention because I love Justin Vernon, frontman of Bon Iver, and I also loved “Exile (feat. Bon Iver)” from Folklore. While I prefer their song together on Folklore, “Evermore” is truly a beautiful song, it is a perfect mashup of Swift and Vernons music.

The second song that caught my attention was “Champagne Problems”. I think it was mostly the title that got me. “Champagne Problems” is an idiom that means, “problems that, compared to issues of poverty, natural disasters and war, are not that big of a deal.” This is another song that uses the country element of storytelling. It tells the story of a young woman who turns down a proposal because of her mental health, people in her town then begin to criticize her because they think she is being dramatic. “Champagne Problems” is a stunningly heartbreaking song.

There were also a few tracks that didn’t initially stand out to me. They were “Gold Rush”, “Tis the Damn Season”, and “Coney Island (feat. The National)”.

“Gold Rush” is one of my favorites off the whole album. It’s catchy and fun, but also has lyrics with a deeper meaning. The song talks about jealousy in a relationship where one of the people is sought after by many. “Gold Rush” reminds me of her album Lover, but I don’t think it would fit in on that album. It fits in perfectly with everything on Evermore and yet it’s still completely unique to itself.

“‘Tis the Damn Season” is another one I looked past because I thought it would be a Christmas song and I was afraid that that it wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the album. I was proven wrong and pleasantly surprised. It’s a wonderful song.

“Coney Island (feat. The National)” surprised me a lot. When I listened to it for the first time, I was working at my desk. After listening to the song for a few seconds, I paused, and gave my full attention to the song for the rest of its duration. It sounds strangely heartbreaking. The lyrics are absolutely poignant. Their voices and the melody and instrumentals in the back carry heavy emotion.

Overall this album is amazing. Each individual track is special in its own way. It never gets boring and never feels like too much is happening at once. Evermore is exceptional, and I would recommend it to everybody.