Taylor Swift’s “evermore” album review

 

December 11th, 2020 Taylor Swift released “evermore” less than 5 months after her album “Folklore,” it’s sister album. For Taylors past 5 albums they’ve all fallen under the same umbrella categories and sort of fall into a storyline. The album tracklist:

 

  1. Willow (3:35)
  2. Champagne Problems (4:04)
  3. Gold rush (3:05)
  4. Tis’ the damn season (3:50)
  5. Tolerate it (4:06)
  6. No body, No crime (3:36)
  7. Happiness (5:15)
  8. Dorothea (3:46)
  9. Coney Island (4:35)
  10. Ivy (4:21)
  11. Cowboy like me (4:35)
  12. Long story short (3:36)
  13. Marjorie (4:18)
  14. Closure (3:01)
  15. Evermore (5:04)

 

Taylor’s songs are storyline songs, meaning they all are about characters she either made up or based on real people. We were introduced to new characters, Betty, James, Rebekah, Dorthea and Marjoie. In “Tis the damn season” is where we first meet Dorthea, a Hollywood movie star moving back to her small hometown and is reunited with her high school romance. Going down the tracklist to “Dorothea” is a point of view from the boy who was madly in love with her when she left. We see in the lyrics “A tiny screen is all I see you now…Selling makeup and magazines ooh i’d buy anything from you.” 

Unlike her previous albums with Evermore you get a bit of conclusion for this tragic love story of a woman leaving her high school sweetheart the day he buys the ring leaving two con artists to find each other and promise one another a life of love that neither of them could ever fulfill. We see this in her song “Evermore” portraying their unbalanced relationship. 

She keeps a personal centerpiece in her album with her song “Marjoire” being after her grandmother, Marjorie FInley. She was a very strong and independent woman, much like Taylor herself. With her line “What died didn’t stay dead” and “You’re alive, you’re alive, in my head” she truly captures the tragic feeling of losing a loved one.  Taylor Swift truly has an art of connecting to people through her music in ways no one else could.