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  • Summary: The 16-track surprise release from the pop artist features contributions from Jack Antonoff, Bon Iver, William Bowery, and Aaron Dessner of the National.
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All I know Is everything is not as it's sold But the more I grow the less I know And I have lived so many lives Though I'm not old And the more I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    Swift explodes the expectations of anyone preparing to call her music "diaristic," writing songs from different perspectives while putting her already-detailed work under a microscope. ... A content smile of an album on which one of the world's biggest pop stars, charts be damned, forges her own path and dares listeners to come along for the ride.
  2. Jul 24, 2020
    100
    This strange summer of arrested development is steadily ending. Folklore will endure long beyond it: as fragmented as Swift is across her eighth album – and much as you hope it doesn’t mark the end of her pop ambitions – her emotional acuity has never been more assured.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 13, 2020
    90
    It's a sharp turn to the left for Swift and a fine reminder that she is more than just a gleaming pop phenomenon, but a remarkable songwriter too. [Oct 2020, p.36]
  4. Jul 24, 2020
    87
    One of her best, most perfectly-produced projects ever. In folklore, she wrote a quieter, more thought-provoking chapter in her constantly shapeshifting story.
  5. Jul 29, 2020
    80
    The 16 tunes comprising her latest song cycle oscillate gracefully around piano keyboards and introduce a series of portraits of fictional and real-life characters (from a terrified child with a traumatized best friend to a ghost scrutinizing her enemies at her funeral) to complement her reflections on the social distancing of quarantine time.
  6. Jul 24, 2020
    80
    While the album tends to lull around its middle, folklore is far less concerned with its individual tracks than the greater, twisting conversation — the sort of hours-long, sanity-affirming chats that have become vital over these last four months.
  7. Jul 27, 2020
    60
    “Folklore” songs fall into roughly two camps — excellent Swift-penned songs that are sturdy enough to bear the production, and others that end up obscured by murk.

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  1. Jul 25, 2020
    10
    Incredibly written, amazing production, perfect album to listen to at cold evenings.
  2. Jul 24, 2020
    10
    amazing. best album yet. i love the chill vibes. i want to listen to this album in a forest for the rest of my life.
  3. Jul 24, 2020
    10
    album of the year. amazing lyrics, amazing production, amazing sounds. taylor swift is the best songwriter of this generation. .
  4. Jul 27, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. All I can say is, that this album is worth listening to. There was no skips, every song from this album are beautiful.

    The whole album shows the maturity of Taylor Swift as a songwriter. People gave her a backlash before and saying her way of writing was too childish, emotional and very expressive. But she proved in folklore that she evolved and grow in her songwriting process.
    I must say, this album is better than Lover, Red, reputation and Speak Now (her past albums that has a cohesive songwriting too) It is her best work so far.
    The whole album has a complex lyrics, creatively written and she still sticks to her writing style, which she uses metaphors and imagery on each songs.She brings magic and sparks to the tracks on folklore. The fact that every swiftie/non-swiftie that listens to the album has a song to claim or a song to relate to.
    Folklore album proved that Taylor is a very flexible songwriter and a singer that can do different genres. She made country, country-pop, pop-rock, synth-pop, mainstream pop and now, she is stepping into alternative and indie music.
    The lyrics, the production, the vocals, aesthetics and the video of cardigan gave everyone the feels during this quarantine and pandemic.
    This album deserves to sweep every awards, especially the toughest and highest categories in any award ceremonies.
    To conclude, She made a lot of changes in her music after this album was released. And, once again, she made a revolutionary album in a new genre.
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  5. Oct 29, 2020
    10
    everything about this album is perfect, the lyrics, the storytelling, the melody. not many pop stars of taylor swift's stature can take such aeverything about this album is perfect, the lyrics, the storytelling, the melody. not many pop stars of taylor swift's stature can take such a huge risk in their 8th album and still be able to deliver a masterpiece. Expand
  6. Jul 24, 2020
    10
    Taylor definitely delivered and served with this album. Her most mature body of work to date
  7. Aug 28, 2020
    0
    the album is good lyrically but it didn’t go anywhere. it felt kind of empty.

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