folklore was a left swinging, indie Americana, meet the big boys surprise that works, evermore is a left swinging, indie Americana, meet the big boys surprise that works. just not as well because…
1 – You can’t say the same joke twice and expect the same chuckles
2 – The songs aren’t quite as good.
In retrospect, what made folklore so great wasn’t its heights but its lack of dips, not its clever meeting of different value system and not its storytelling, but its consistently beautiful sounds. Not as good as Red, hell not as good as Fearless, but it it is a steadier album, a grown ups album. And more or less you can say the same thing about evermore. But with evermore you start to think during the weaker songs, you start thinking about how how tasteful it all is despite six of the fifteen tracks having explicit language warnings (Tay is like an eleven year old who has learnt that dropping the f bomb with her peers is an abrogation of uncool).
The first four songs are variables, “willow”, with its finger picked acoustic guitar is a bore and “gold rush” gets its dandruff up as some form of soar and stall, “tis the damned season” (about sleeping with your ex) is as close to fun as she gets and “champagne problems” skeletal, piano beauty are phenomenal.
With the same team that brought you folklore on board, except more of Aaron Dessner, a guest appearance by Bryce Dessner and the entire National on one track, Justin Vernon on the last track that isn’t a last track because we will be getting two more in a coupla weeks, Haim on the only song Taylor wrote alone, a faux blues pop, and the best song on the album, the gorgeous “Dorothea” in which Taylor stares through the other end of the telescope and wonders what her school friends think when they watch her on television, one of the best between both albums.
The thing about Taylor Swift as indie princess, as alternative folk Joni Mitchelling, is that it doesn’t play to her strengths. Why would you want to go that route? Why would you want to beg for comparisons to Joni, who laughed herself sick at the thought you portraying her in a movie?
evermore is a very good album, and if put together with folklore it becomes even better although there is a steady degrading of song. But she isn’t the songwriter she was: “You Belong With Me” isn’t (much) better than “willow” because I say it is, it is better because it’s a better song. Taylor has become this tasteful modern singer songwriter playing with the big boys, and nothing plays less with songwriting craft than tastefulness that can’t be saved with an f bomb. Or to put it another way, the two albums are “Blank Space Voice Memo” without a song half as good.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!