folklore Album Review

Hey y’all, today I thought it would be fun to share my opinion on Taylor’s new album, folklore. For this review, I am going to be categorizing songs into different tiers. The first tier is going to include my top favorite songs, and then the bottom tier is going to list my least favorite songs. I’m only going to be going into detail on the top two tiers (my favorites). I honestly don’t have much to say about the rest of the songs listed later.

I also do want to add a disclaimer that some of these songs are actually growing on me, so don’t take this review as my final word.

I had seen the news at 7am the day of album release, right when I woke up, but didn’t process the fact that we were getting a new album till maybe 1pm that day. I could already tell by the album cover what this album would sound like, and I was right. I was hoping it was going to be better than Lover, but I had my doubts. This was probably the first time I’ve ever listened to one of her albums in order. I usually just go straight to songs that sound interesting, but I didn’t do that this time.


Tier 1

 

My Tears Ricochet

Taylor’s haunting voice pulls us in right away, leading us into the start of the song. As she takes us into the hook, the strings build along with the volume of her voice. The anger and sadness she displays in this song is so powerful, slowly building throughout the song to the bridge.

“I can go anywhere I want, anywhere I want. JUST NOT HOME”. -This line broke me. No record label will ever feel like home for her ever again.

“You can aim for my heart, go for blood, but you would still miss me IN YOUR BONES”.

“And I still talk to you, WHEN I’M SCREAMING AT THE SKY. And when you can’t sleep at night, YOU HEAR MY STOLEN LULLABIES”.

 

Illicit Affairs

The bridge is the main part of this song, along with many other of the songs. If you have ever experienced such gut-wrenching heart break, then you’ll relate to these lines.

“And you wanna scream, don’t call me ‘kid’, don’t call me ‘baby’. Look at this godforsaken mess that you made me. You showed me colors you know I can’t see with anyone else. Don’t call me ‘kid’, don’t call me ‘baby’. Look at this idiotic fool that you made me. You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else. And you know, damn well, for you I would ruin myself a million little times”.

This whole bridge breaks my heart into a million little pieces. I can’t help but scream the lyrics every time with as much passion as I have in my heart. The desperation and heartbreak is overwhelming.


Tier 2

 

Peace

This song was originally in tier 1, but I moved it down. I’m now doubting my decision but can’t decide if I should move it back or not. She shall stay here for now, though.

This song overall just makes me cry because Taylor always talks about this topic. She always stresses how she’ll never have a normal life and she feels bad for anyone who has to be with her and endure the pressure. It hurts me.

Her whole worry is summed up in this line.

“I never had the courage of my convictions, as long as danger is near. And it’s just around the corner darlin, cause it lives in me. No, I can never give you peace”.

The electric guitar, simple, yet enticing. I live for it.

“Would it be enough, if I could never give you peace?”

 

Exile

I’ve never listened to Bon Iver’s music before, but his voice is so deep and fitting to this song and the album as a whole. I didn’t think I would like this song at all since it’s a collab, but I love it.

“I think I’ve seen this film before, and I didn’t like the ending. You’re not my homeland anymore, so what I am defending now? You were my town, now I’m in exile seeing you out”.

“You never gave a warning sign. I gave so many signs”.

The main point that I love in this song is the back and forth towards the end of the song, the contrast of Taylor and Bon Iver’s voices as well as the words they’re almost yelling. I love songs (and personally have written them) that contrast both people’s perspectives. I think they’re so interesting and clever. I love to see the differences between them and how they both perceive their relationship.

Mirrorball

“You find me on my tallest tip toes, spinnin in my highest heels love. Shining just for you”.

I always say this line and have even written it in my own songs that I “shine just for you”. Love it.

August

This is just a fun song. It’s sad that it’s a lost love that was never yours, but it’s relatable and tragic. I feel like most of us have been in that situation.

“Wanting was enough, for me it was enough. To live for the hope of it all. Cancel plans just in case you called, and said ‘meet me behind the mall’. So much for summer love, and saying ‘us’, cause you weren’t mine to lose”.

Seven

This has wildly grown on me. I can’t hear that first line, her low and whispy voice and not sing along. The imagery she describes in this song is insane and I can just picture it all. It’s such a sweet yet tragic childhood, seeing it from a child’s perspective but having the knowledge now as an adult. Also, I get so hype to the chorus….. like I go crazy.

“Love you to the moon and to Saturn”. Thanks Tay for giving me a new saying.

“I used to scream ferociously, anytime I wanted”.

Mad Woman

How could I not love this song? This dark and angry song focused on sexism and betrayal.

“Do you see my face in your neighbors lawn? Does she smile? Or does she mouth ‘Fuck you, forever’.”

“Women like hunting witches too, doing your dirtiest work for you. It’s obvious that wanting me dead has really brought you two together”.

“She should be mad, should be scathing like me, BUT NO ONE LIKES A MAD….. WOMAN”.


Tier 3 

Cardigan

Betty

The 1


Tier 4 

The Last Great American Dynasty

This Is Me Trying

Invisible String

Epiphany

Hoax

 

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