Justin Taing, Tarush Mohanti, and Aaron Goldstein did mini reviews for each track on the 9th Taylor Swift album EVERMORE.
1. willow 🤩
“Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind, but I come back stronger than a 90’s trend.”
The album starts where FOLKLORE left off – with a soothing “Invisible String” like melody that lulls the listener swifty back to Taylor’s universe.
2. champagne problems 🤩
“One for the money, two for the show, I never get ready so i watch you go.”
Swift channels her inner Pete Wentz lyricism in some of the best writing on the album.
3. gold rush 🤩 Aaron
“And the coastal town we never found will never see a love as pure as it”
The catchiest beat on the album feels a bit too lyrically generic.
4. tis the damn season 🤩
“Time flies messy as the mud on your truck tires, now I am missing your smile, hear me out.”
Swift’s Tim McGraw-like lyrics shine on a worthy “track 4.”
5. tolerate it 😊
“Our love should be celebrated, but you tolerate it.”
I tolerated this song.
6. no body, no crime featuring HAIM 🤩
“Este wasn’t there Tuesday night at Olive Gardеn”
Love this song – not only is it a murder mystery, but (kinda) breaks the fourth wall in such a fun way
7. happiness 🤩
“When did your winning smile begin to look like a smirk?”
Taylor Swift’s lyrical genius shines through on this one
8. dorothea 🤩
“You got shiny friends since you left town, a tiny screen’s the only place I see you now”
The way she sings “Dorotheeeeaaaa” alone makes this song a jam
9. coney island featuring The National 😊
“Did I close my fist around something delicate?”
Taylor Swift’s part of this is great, but I’m not loving Matt Berninger’s vocals. We’ll see about this one in the long run, love the lyrics but I need a few more listens
10. ivy 🤩
“your ivy grows, and now I’m covered in you”
This song is so lyrically illustrative – that, combined with the catchy melody and harmonies, makes this one a winner in my book
11. cowboy like me 🤩
“Eyes full of stars” (obvi)
Another country entry that even has Tim McGraw-esque guitar licks with warm guest vocals is an early highlight.
12. long story short 🤩
“No more keeping score, now I just keep you warm”
A refreshing, upbeat-ish – even dancy! – track that rounds alleviates some of the heavier moments on the record. Would fit snugly on RED.
13. marjorie 🤩
“Should’ve kept every grocery store receipt
‘Cause every scrap of you would be taken from me”
This heart-wrenching companion piece to folklore’s track 13, “epiphany” displays endearing lyricism reminiscent of “Ronan”
14. closure 🤩
“I’m fine with my spite
And my tears, and my beers and my candles”
A worthy addition to the experimental-penultimate tracks club.
15. evermore featuring Bon Iver 🤩
“I replay my footsteps on each stepping stone
Trying to find the one where I went wrong”
My favorite version of Bon Iver has revealed himself in all of this closing tracks glory.