We can’t be the only ones still reeling from the shock of getting folklore and evermore just months apart, can we? Taylor Swift continues to out-do herself, which, luckily for her fans, means even more music to enjoy! evermore released at midnight on December 11th, just hours after Taylor announced it on Instagram. They say the devil works hard? Well, they haven’t met Taylor Swift. You can stream the album right now, and trust us, you’ll love it.
Taylor mentions in the caption that while she normally treats her albums as “one-off eras,” in the case of folklore and evermore, she couldn’t help but continue writing songs within the realm of this world she created. We’re certainly not complaining about that. The magical, folkloric, woodsy vibe of evermore’s sister album carried over into this album, but it’s almost as if there’s a brightness filter on it. Don’t get us wrong, the songs on this album still touch on what can be considered painful emotions and situations. However, they also touch on moving on from those moments and how you can eventually find happiness after the fact.
Here’s a quick look at the track listing:
Jack Antonoff once again lent his talents to this album. In fact, Bleachers made an appearance, playing on the track ‘gold rush.’ Another notable feature is Marcus Mumford, of Mumford & Sons, who sang the background vocals on ‘cowboy like me.’ HAIM features on the track ‘no body, no crime,’ which is in our opinion one of the best songs on the album, but we’ll get to that. In addition to those big names, Bon Iver has also returned for this album.
thank you to the entirety of @bleachersmusic who all played on gold rush. that ones for my little august heads out there. my rushies. into it? i am!— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) December 11, 2020
Now, the moment you’ve probably been waiting for; let’s dive into the album! evermore is a 15 track album, so we have quite a bit to get through, don’t we?
Taylor indeed returns like a 90s trend, with full force. The fact that we got a music video for this song already speaks volumes to Taylor’s talent and love for the folklore/evermore era. On the topic of love, ‘willow’ is a beautiful, whimsical opening to the album, detailing the magic of falling in love. It’s a fan favorite, for good reason!
Immediately following the lighthearted love of ‘willow,’ ‘champagne problems’ is the story of a rejected proposal, seemingly without a reason.
“You had a speech, you’re speechless
Love slipped beyond your reaches
And I couldn’t give a reason”
Ouch. That is never a pleasant experience. This track really captures the sorrowful emotions written into the lyrics– a common theme for evermore.
Bleachers makes their appearance on this track. Shoutout to Jack Antonoff once again because this track is beautiful. The chorus of voices on the intro starts off this daydream-like song. It’s like snapping out of a daydream about someone that everyone wants, so you know they’re someone you can’t have. It’s another fan favorite and Jack’s too!
’tis the damn season’
The holidays are approaching, which means heading back to your hometown and all the people in it. Of course, there are always certain people you might be going back to. ’tis the season’ is about rekindling an old flame back in your hometown during the holidays.
“So we could call it even
You could call me “babe” for the weekend
’Tis the damn season, write this down”
In fact, this track ties in directly with ‘dorothea,’ who is the character rekindling that old relationship. But we’ll get to her in a minute. Just like in folklore, with the Betty storyline, there’s a storyline being followed here. Taylor does a phenomenal job of weaving these stories together in her music.
This song follows the title pretty closely. It’s another track where the lyrics and the music flow together beautifully to capture the emotions Taylor is singing about. The song is a heartbreaking lament about loving someone, putting in effort, only to have them tolerate you in return. It’s a feeling no one ever wants to experience with someone they love.
“Tell me I’ve got it wrong somehow
I know my love should be celebrated
But you tolerate it”
‘no body, no crime’ (feat. HAIM)
This track. This. Track. So far, ‘no body, no crime’ seems to be the shining star of evermore, as it should be. While we love whatever sound Taylor chooses, we have to say that this country murder ballad has us nostalgic for her country days. It follows the story of Este, named after Este Haim since HAIM is featured on this track, and her cheating husband. It’s a tale of infidelity, murder, and ultimately, revenge. We can say whatever we want, but you need to hear this one for yourself.
“There’ll be happiness after you
But there was happiness because of you
Both of these things can be true”
This track really captures the essence of moving on from a relationship. A relationship can be damaging and ultimately wrong for you, but it’s okay to look back at the good parts and remember the happy times. At the same time, you can look forward to the happiness waiting in front of you.
Now, we know this track ties together directly with ’tis the damn season,’ but it seem to be from the POV of the lover that ‘dorothea’ left behind when she left for LA. And the one she returned to over the holidays.
“And if you’re ever tired of bеing known for who you know
You know, you’ll always know me, Dorothea (Uh-uh)
We love the narrative behind these tracks and how they tie together. It’s nice to get the different points of view once again and to see how wonderful of a storyteller Taylor is.
‘coney island’ (feat. The National)
“And I’m sitting on a bench in Coney Island
Wondering where did my baby go?”
The National’s Matt Berninger hopped onto this track, about lost love. It’s a mournful one and you can really feel that in the way it’s structured. In fact, it’s probably one of the more heart-wrenching tracks on the album. Which leaves us wondering, is it another story, or does it come from experience?
“My pain fits in the palm of your freezing hand
Taking mine, but it’s been promised to another”
Once again, we have a track related to infidelity. Only this time, it’s from the POV of a married woman in the middle of an affair. It’s an interesting perspective. A cheating wife rather than husband, it’s not the first time Taylor has sung about illicit affairs.
‘cowboy like me’
Marcus Mumford makes his appearance in the background vocals of ‘cowboy like me.’
“I’ve had some tricks up my sleeve
Takes one to know one
You’re a cowboy like me”
Taylor and the love interest both have some tricks up their sleeve, falling in love after a fling. We’re not sure if the cowboy description is an homage to Taylor’s country days, but it’s nice to imagine that it is.
‘long story short’
This song could be described as one of the more “upbeat” tracks on evermore. Many have speculated that ‘long story short’ is a short run through of the last four years of Taylor’s life. It hits everything from her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to celebrity flings and her ultimate romance with Joe Alwyn.
“And I fell from the pedestal
Right down the rabbit hole
Long story short, it was a bad time”
If you’ve heard this one, what do you think of all the supposed meanings?
This track is perhaps one of the most heartfelt on the album, a tribute to Taylor’s late grandmother Marjorie. She sings of the lessons she learned and the memory of her grandmother that lives on. It’s a touching tribute and you can feel the love in this track. For those of us who have lost a grandparent, it’s an emotional track.
This track tackles closure at the end of a relationship but not in the way you might think. Rather than being the one asking for closure, Taylor is singing about not needing closure from the ex-lover, and how they’re the ones trying to make themselves feel better. It’s a refreshing twist on the theme of closure that we often see in music and other media.
“Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
I know that it’s over, I don’t need your
Closure, closure, your closure”
‘evermore’ (feat. Bon Iver)
Speaking of closure, we’ve made it to the end, friends. Shoutout to you for being here. evermore rounds out with Bon Iver joining Taylor to sing about the pain that can come from struggling with your mental health. In the end, they realize that it doesn’t last forever, even if it feels that way in the moment.
“I had a feeling so peculiar
This pain wouldn’t be for
So, there you have it– our deep dive into evermore. We’re absolutely blown away by this album, and we love this era. What’s your favorite track off of evermore? Let us know in the comments or over @TheHoneyPOP on Twitter. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Instagram!
You know Taylor Swift isn’t stopping here, don’t miss out on whatever comes next!
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