Hello everyone! Today I thought it would be a great idea to review Taylor Swift’s newest album Evermore.
Evermore was released last month, with two new songs released this month. I was honestly so happy to hear there was going to be a “sister” album to Folklore because I had enjoyed that album so much. I do think that Folklore is my favorite of the two, because it was a new sound for Taylor at the time. I was not ready for that era to be over, so I’m so happy that the era continues.
Oh, in case you missed them, I did album reviews for Folklore, Lover, and Reputation on the blog previously!
Evermore Album Review
I think evermore is more of the aspirational album of the two. Where folklore seemed to be half of Taylor’s experiences and half storytelling, evermore feels like it’s more storytelling. I get the sense that the songs may draw from Taylor’s experiences for sure (like “gold rush”) but mostly I feel like it’s a story that came to Taylor in a song, and she’s just telling it to us (like “no body, no crime”).
Honestly, I was only able to write a line or two about each song, because they’re just so descriptive already in their lyrics, that I feel like I’m watching a story play out as I listen. They’re just so good on their own! I do find that a lot of songs fall into the themes of “what could have been/could still be”, “left behind”, and the “true love after many trials” theme that Taylor loves to use. Of course, there are some other songs that don’t fit into these themes, but those are the main ones I noticed.
Now, here’s a little bit of what I thought of each song!
I loved “willow” right away when I heard it! The music video starts right at the end of the “cardigan” video. It’s such a cute song! I think the video was done beautifully and the lyrics are gorgeous.
Favorite lyric: life was a willow and it bent right to your wind
Another great song! So sad though, but it paints such a story! I can’t help but laugh every time I hear it though because I saw a TikTok of a girl exaggerating how she sings this song because she can’t sing low enough for the “champagne problems” part. Because… same LOL.
Favorite lyric: and soon they’ll have the nerve to deck the halls that we once walked through
This song is so cute! It’s so adorable to imagine how great a love like a gold rush is, but yeah that kind of competition must be stressful honestly!
Favorite lyric: what must it be like to grow up that beautiful
’tis the damn season
I think this song hits a little too close to home because, well, I do live at my parents’ house so I feel like it’s just calling me out LOL. But it’s another song that tells a clear story about what could have been or could be.
Favorite lyric: and the road not taken looks real good now
This isn’t one of my favorites actually, probably since it gives me the “left behind” sort of vibes. I much prefer the songs told from the “main character” perspective while this one is the opposite. But I think generally this is the type of song Taylor does like to include from time to time in her albums, so it makes sense that it exists.
Favorite lyric: lay the table with the fancy shit and watch you tolerate it
no body, no crime
Okay, so this song is wild with it’s story but it’s so catchy and fun! I love hearing this song come on in the album rotation, and always take a bit of a dance break from writing or cleaning or whatever I’m doing honestly!
Favorite lyric: good thing Este’s sister’s gonna swear she was with me (“she was with me dude”)
This one is a little too slow for my taste, at the start. It does pick up a bit and is a simple, sweet melody but the story is a little too bland and boring, especially after “no body, no crime”.
Favorite lyric: I can’t see facts through all of my fury, you haven’t met the new me yet
This one is a cute little song too! Dorothea seems like such a cool character. I think Taylor said she imagined that Dorothea went to the same school as Betty, James, and August from the first album, which I can totally see from the song.
Favorite lyric: a tiny screen’s the only place I see you now
The name reminds me of the trip I took to NYC so I think that influences me to like the song a bit more LOL. But it is super cute on it’s own too. Sad too, since it seems to be about two lovers that regret not putting more effort into their relationship.
Favorite lyric: the question pounds my head “what’s a lifetime of achievement?”
I think this is the most cottagecore song of both albums somehow. It’s so descriptive and I feel like I can see this story more clearly than any of the others somehow.
Favorite lyric: oh, I can’t stop you putting roots in my dreamland
cowboy like me
It’s so cool to hear country mixed into this album with this song. This one goes back more to the “what could be/could have been” theme, and it reminds me more of a continuation of “Getaway Car” with the talk of cons and such from the Reputation album.
Favorite lyric: now I’m waiting by the phone like I’m sitting in an airport bar
long story short
I had seen a handful of TikToks saying a song on the album was about the feud Taylor had with the whole recorded phone call thing. I couldn’t remember which song they said at first but after listening to this song, it was pretty clear it was this one and I agree. There are so many little references such as the keys mentioned in the song that go back to “Look What You Made Me Do” of the Reputation album, her attackers eventually defeating themselves and falling apart without Taylor’s intervention, and even Taylor trying to tell her past self that the whole thing wasn’t even worth getting hung up on in the grand scheme of things. I do like this song and I do wish that past Taylor and past me could have had this advice about our own respective attackers.
Favorite lyric: past me I wanna tell you not to get lost in these petty things your nemeses will defeat themselves before you get the chance to swing
I think it’s so sweet that Taylor wrote an entire song for her grandmother. Even including parts of home videos of Majorie with a young Taylor is so cute, and even including her grandmother singing in the song? So beautiful. I would love to have a recording of my grandmother honestly, so I’ll just live vicariously through Taylor’s memories with her grandmother.
Favorite lyric: never be so polite, you forget your power, never wield such power, you forget to be polite
This feels more in line with the songs Taylor wrote in response to Reputation in way. To me, it’s like she wrote an open letter and sang it so whoever it’s meant for will know it’s meant for them, but then she doesn’t have to make direct contact. Honestly, I’m here for it lol. I do think it’s a song that’s more for Taylor than for anyone else at the end of the day (well, and the intended recipient) but it’s okay overall.
Favorite lyric: don’t treat me like some situation that needs to be handled
If “ivy” was the ultimate cottagecore song, “evermore” is the ultimate quarantine song for me. For some reason, the line of “can’t remember what I used to fight for” reminds me of what I feel for social media or even this blog to a certain extent. Like, it feels like it was so unnecessary to worry about finding the right photo for Instagram or to live to have stories to share. It feels like everything is so far away! And the line of “all it does is pause on the very moment all was lost” reminds me of the first time it started to sink in how devastating the virus was going to be for day-to-day life. I distinctly remember sitting at my office computer at my old job and realizing that it was going to be the last day I was going to be sitting there. I can’t possibly explain it but it was like a very specific moment where I was reading an email and it just kind of hit me, days before it eventually sunk into the rest of my coworkers.
Favorite lyric: and I was catching my breath barefoot in the wildest winter catching my death
right where you left me
This song is so sad, but so beautiful. It’s a different version of the “left behind” theme I mentioned earlier, where this one is not fully on accident but not fully on purpose either. It’s definitely another great take on that theme, but I think that the theme was explored maybe a little too much for this album.
Favorite lyric: still sitting in a corner I haunt
it’s time to go
This song has a really nice sound, and the message is good too. The song is basically about how sometimes it’s better to leave a situation that is okay or just a little bad to search for something much better. From experience, I agree! When it’s time to go, it’s time to go!
Favorite lyric: you just go
So there you go! Those are some of my thoughts on each song, in addition to a little review of the album as a whole. Let me know your favorite song of the album!
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love this post ! – xoxo chana
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Thank you Chana!
I’m so in love with Evermore, I’ve been listening to it non-stop! My favourites have to be Willow, No Body No Crime, Long Story Short, Champagne Problems and It’s Time To Go. I don’t know how to shorten the list any further than that haha 🙂 You’re right though, the murder song is so WILD! I am living for it!
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HAHAHA isn’t that the best problem when you’re naming your favorites and end up with most of the album though? It’s all SO GOOD!
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Haha exactly. Does Taylor Swift even write songs that can’t be considered a ‘favourite’? 😂
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Hahaha honestly I don’t think so! They’re just TOO GOOD!
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