On December 10, Taylor Swift announced her ninth studio album to a completely oblivious crowd and then in the next few hours, Evermore graced our ears. The ones who were surprised by the swift release of Folklore were taken further aback by the release of Evermore. But this is as far as the surprise went because musically, this record is exactly the same as Folklore.
The biggest shock was Swift's departure from her usual flashy pop sounds and instead embracing of moody tunes with pensive lyrics. We previously appreciated her growth as a musician and as a songwriter but, with the release of Evermore, fans were no longer granted this element of musical surprise. Evermore, in every sense of the word, is Folklore's sister album sharing similar imagery, storylines, and themes. Even the same producers and collaborators returned.
Read the album review of Folklore here: The Lores of Folklore
Now whether this is a good album or not is a whole different discussion and a rather redundant one considering the fact that the internet is filled with its reviews. My question is whether Evermore was needed in the first place.
On first listen, it's rather hard to register that you're actually listening to a new Taylor Swift album with the first few songs feeling like bonus tracks from the previous album. It was not until I reached "no body, no crime" that it finally hit me that I was listening to a whole new album. Although the cast of characters in Evermore has changed, the stories of these characters still circle around similar themes as her July release such as yearning for a long lost love, revenge, and relationship insights, with the exception of a few tracks. Of course, that is not to say that the story writing of this album is any less than the previous one. In fact, it is exactly the same. That is where the problem lies.
Evermore is a good album. It may even be a great album especially in terms of storytelling. But it is still just an extension, an afterthought, of the sister album where more often than not, they both seem to blend in with each other to form a rather unnecessarily lengthy record. Evermore will sadly remain under the shadow of Folklore.
Tasnim Odrika is a Taylor Swift fan and this is not a negative review of Evermore. Send her your opinions at email@example.com