Folklore: Taylor Swift releases surprise new album recorded during isolation

Saturday, 25 Jul, 2020

That might not be saying a lot, considering how Swift spent her 20s blasting the planet with melodic confetti, but at least "Folklore" isn't the predictable girl-and-guitar-quarantined-in-Nashville album that it could have been.

Folklore was recorded in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, and Swift says she has "poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings" into her eighth album.

The standard edition of "Folklore" will have 16 songs and the deluxe edition will include a bonus track.

Preceding the album release was Taylor's video for her song Cardigan, which she released shortly before the rest of the album.

"Most of the things I had planned this summer didn't end up happening". "And when I felt like I was an old cardigan under someone's bed, you put me on and said I was your favorite". "Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King", Swift "reminds us once again that she's the most gifted songwriter in music today", writes Patrick Ryan at USA Today.

Folklore is a wonderment album that announced on social media just hours before its release.

The star signed off: "That's the side of uncertainty I can get on board with".

Starting out as a country artist, Swift's first four albums - Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now and Red - fall under the country genre. There's a palpable humanity and warmth and raw emotion in these songs that I hope you'll love and take comfort in as much as I do. "'My Tears Ricochet" feels like a sister to the Imogen Heap co-written "Clean' from "1989', only this time a megawatt pop song is encased in layered vocals and twinkling music box instrumentals".

As for the Kardashian-Wests, his track, "Famous" caused a scandal when it made a less-than-flattering reference to Swift, while the accompanying video features a nude replica of the singer in bed with West and other notable celebs.

That's right: She even did her own hair, makeup, and styling.