Singer Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album, Folklore, here. And she took the world by storm again. When her loyal fans (known as Swifties) celebrate this, she also deserves new listeners. Find out why this release compares to one of her previous albums.
Taylor Swift’s new album “Folklore”
Less than a year after her seventh album, Lover, fell, Swift announced Folklore. She did so without any press or discussion surrounding them, announcing it less than 24 hours before the release. She wrote on social media: “Tonight at midnight I will release a whole new album of songs, in which I poured all my whims, dreams, fears and thoughts.”
Folkloretogether with the music video for his first single “Cardigan” was released on July 24, 2020. Swift considered the album “a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness.” The standard album includes 16 songs (plus one in the final issue) written over the past few months.
It has more indie sound than her previous recordings
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In addition to his frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, Swift worked with new “musical hero” Aaron Dessner of the indie rock band The National. Dessner wrote on Instagram that he was “enthusiastic and honest” to work with her. He also cited the contributions of another fellow band member: his brother Bryce Dessner and his “beautiful orchestration.”
The band’s work on the album received comments from the masses. One Twitter user, political expert Kevin Madden, wrote: “It’s good to admit that Taylor Swift’s new album is really good, isn’t it? The mix with The National’s sound works perfectly. Does anyone else hear the impact?”
Ryan Adams covers his first pop album “1989”
As fans and critics classify the latter work, it is reminiscent of when Swift changed genres in the past. Its 2015 Grammy issue 1989 was her first to be officially classified as “pop” after her previous countries. Then indie rock artist Ryan Adams released the full cover of the album, which attracted more attention, although not all positive.
“Even intending to celebrate it, Ryan Adams allowed dozens of music journalists to ban her own Swift album,” Anna Leszkiewicz wrote for New York State in an article sharing examples of those who praised the cover album by comparing it to the original.
Why fans have problems with comparison
WITH Folklore exploring the genre, listeners began to refer 1989 and the cover of Adam. Chris Williams Variety wrote, “At least it doesn’t take a remake of Ryan Adams’ album to convince anyone that the song is written there.” He, like others, partly attributed the changes to the influence of the National.
But Swift is sure that the artist had it in him all the time. “Remember when you heard Ryan Adams.” 1989 and literally thought, “I could do better” and rewrote the whole thing? I like to think folklore as Taylor Swift waited like 5 years and looks like “no”, – wrote one Twitter user.