This album is marked explicit for language.
Since the release of her debut album in 2006, Taylor Swift has not ceased to capture the attention of all of those around her. On July 24, Swift again was found center stage while dropping her eighth studio album, “Folklore,” with less than a 24-hour notice.
The album, once again, follows Swift’s adaptability as an artist and contains 16 songs, all drastically different from anything heard from the artist before. Although Swift has always been classified as a singer-songwriter, her new album leaves this to be an indisputable truth.
The pop and flare of her previous album, “Lover,” have now shifted to a mysterious and folk reminiscent beat, leaving not songs to belt in the car but instead lyrics as clean as poetry to ponder in the depths of the night. This change left some to be desired with some beats flowing awkwardly against the thematic lyrics but it is easily ignored from an artistic viewpoint rather than a musical.
Although her new album is a very different sound for Swift, this change has proved to be successful with sales exceeding 1.3 million copies around the world in 24 hours, according to Republic Records.
With every album she releases, it is clear to see her growth and maturity not only as a musician but also assumably as a person. With topics of loss and heartbreak, as seen in “my tears ricochet,” to the themes of high school regret, illustrated in “betty,” it is very clear that Swift has gone through some stuff to be inspired to create such gut-wrenching melodies.
On her social media, Swift shared her desire for the album to be heavy on imagery and storytellings, inspiring the name of the album. Swift said that the stories are not only her own but also of others, some she has met, some not and some she would rather forget.
“Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history and memory,” Swift said. “I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve.”
It is clear that the time spent in self-proclaimed isolation has blessed listeners with a dreamy collection of songs to distract them from modern stressors and send them to a world where anything is possible, including the ability to move past the pains of the world to something far more beautiful.
Once again, I can only give Ms. Swift a tip of the hat and a bravo for a job well done and excitement to see what she does next. “Folklore” easily deserves a rating of 4.5/5.