There are a lot of F’s in that title… and for the first time ever, Taylor Swift has dropped some big Fs on an album. But hey, it’s 2020 so why the heck not.
Yesterday (July 23rd, 2020), I woke up to my group chat of five fellow Vancouver-based Taylor Swift fans freaking out about a new. Taylor. Swift. album. EXCUSE ME: WHAT?!
Turns out, Taylor saw all those “TS8 AT MIDNIGHT” jokes and decided to, well, spontaneously drop TS8 at midnight. Since physical albums are exclusively being sold on her merch site, I listened to folklore on Spotify. Boy, I tell ya… listening to this album on my balcony at night with a blanket, candle, and a cup of tea was a 10/10 experience.
Since I did a first reactions kind of post with Lover (which you can read HERE) I thought I would do the same for folklore. So, here are my five favourite songs upon first listening to Taylor Swift’s latest album:
FIVE: the last great american dynasty
Imagine “Starlight” and “The Lucky One”, two tracks from 2012… but now it’s 2020 and we’re talking about a chapter in the history of Taylor’s Rhode Island home. The line “I had a marvellous time ruining everything” is a masterpiece in and of itself. It’s such a cool, unique concept for a song and the execution was on point.
FOUR: my tears ricochet
I am eternally a sucker for *track five*, the Swiftian phenomenon of the most heart-wrenching songs on each album to make its appearance as the fifth track. MTR definitely follows suit, and it’s an incredible addition to the previous instalments. The death related themes/ imagery is really well done without being heavy-handed and it’s such a treat to listen to (if you’re like me and have a soft spot for sad, emotional songs haha).
The first music video off of folklore was for cardigan, and it’s as beautiful as the songwriting in the second track off of this album.There are so many literary devices at work here and it warms my cold, cold heart.
The one feature on folklore is Bon Iver on “exile”. The song is like the sequel to “The Last Time” from Red and it’s so well done with countless beautiful phrases that delight me, like “I can see you staring, honey, like he’s just your understudy”… just, ugh. Perfect. I also really like how the theme of film/ movies is really prevalent in this song especially, which winds through the whole album and lends to the storytelling narrative concept of folklore as well as being reminiscent of “If This Was A Movie” from Speak Now.
Listening to this song put the biggest smile on my face. The whole teenage love-triangle musical trifecta is such a cool thing to explore in this way. This song totally transported me back to being seventeen and listening to Fearless for the first time on my giant hand-me-down stereo. Listen up: It’s Fearless era but we’re 30 now. And we all know how much I love a good lyrical narrative.
Picking my top five songs was actually much harder than it was for Lover! I really like every track on folklore, and it truly is a masterclass in songwriting by Miss Taylor Swift. I’m not sure if I’ll do a full album review situation like I did for reputation and Lover, but hey… if Taylor can drop an album with less than 24 hours notice… anything can happen. Plus, it’s 2020… we can’t rule anything out at this point.
If you would like to listen to Taylor Swift’s eighth album, folklore, you can order it on her website, find it on a music streaming service near you, as well as enjoy the complete collection of lyric videos on YouTube. Thanks so much for checking out this post and I hope you’re having a great day.