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100
NME

On her second surprise album of the year, Swift pushes the boundaries of her indie reinvention, adding a bit of '1989'-era gloss to produce a beacon of hope.

100
The Sydney Morning Herald

While keeping Folklore's circle of collaborators close, Swift has expanded the minimal sonic palette they established on Evermore, while sharpening her narrative focus and proving herself a peerless songwriter and storyteller.

100
Gigwise

evermore as a whole should not exactly be heard as a direct comparison to folklore but as a continuation of a bigger story—one where Swift is toying with new structures, storytelling techniques, and surveying where she can take her career next after she is ready to leave the woods.

100
Entertainment Weekly

It expands on its predecessor's promise in thrilling ways, with Swift cracking open her universe of subjects and following musical ideas to serendipitous places.

91
A.V. Club

evermore is even better than folklore, thanks to greater sonic cohesion and stronger songwriting.

90
Rolling Stone

No doubt Swift is still the master of writing a spiteful kiss-off, but the songs of Evermore are a welcomed step in a more mature direction, the result of months and months of her getting lost in the woods and questioning her way forward. By the time you’re reading this, she may have already found the answer.

90
Northern Transmissions
We are truly lucky to be able to have an artist, not only as talented as Swift is, but one that is so good at sharing experiences that we are able to relate to, that we can take solace in and remember, if even for an hour at a time, we aren’t alone out there.
90
DIY
There are lyricists and there are storytellers, and in a year of uncertainty and inconsistency, Taylor Swift has emerged as the most assured songwriter of her generation.
90
Albumism

evermore manages to build out on the world Swift birthed with its predecessor while achieving some of its own stylistic independence.

90
The Forty-Five
As we all delve further into the “folklorian woods”, the sense that this is the music Taylor Swift was born to make, only grows stronger.
90
RIOT
In the ensuing five months, sounds have matured, voices have harmonised, stories have brewed, and Taylor Swift has crafted some of the best music of her career.
83
Consequence of Sound

evermore doesn’t necessarily add anything new to the conversation its older sister started, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that if this collection had been released first, it would have been received nearly as positively as its predecessor.

80
The Telegraph

As a direct follow up, Evermore may lack the impactful frisson of Folklore, but is nevertheless another treat of classy, emotional songcraft.

80
The Guardian

Evermore effectively continues the job that Folklore started, moving Swift away from mainstream pop into alt-rockier waters. It’s a smoother, less forced transition than it might be for some of her peers.

80
The Line of Best Fit
As well as sounding incredible as a whole (not all of Swift’s previous albums have hung together as well as this one) these songs also have the air of a victory lap about them, as though Taylor’s basking in the glow of this new cottagecore indie-pop hybrid she’s found(ed).
80
musicOMH

If Folklore felt like coming home for Swift, whose storytelling has been a part of her armour for so long, then Evermore is the process of coming home to realise that you’ve changed, the childhood house looks smaller now, and everything isn’t quite as it was; it’s somehow both magical and sobering.

80
The Independent

On her second surprise release of 2020, the world’s biggest pop star coolly refuses to reconfigure herself on demand.

80
Slant Magazine
Evermore finds Swift digging further into her explorations of narrative voice and shifting points of view, taking bigger risks in trying to discover how the newfound breadth of her songwriting could possibly reconcile with the arc of her career.
80
PopMatters

On folklore and evermore, she, and her listeners, have turned her life into folklore, a blend of reality and fiction, lost in those deep woods of quarantine where she sits and writes arguably the best music of her career.

80
Clash

It would be a disservice to suggest ‘evermore’ is just a ‘folklore 2.0’. Swift would never be so lazy - have you met her? It reads as a companion, not an extension. Sisters, not twins.

80
AllMusic

Swift enjoys playing with the new musical and emotional colors on her palette for Evermore to anything but a warm balm, a record suited for contemplation, not loneliness.

80
Under The Radar

The pandemic seems to have freed her, given her the space to breathe, and has allowed her to produce her most elegant and sophisticated work to date.

80
No Ripcord

Swift has written about curdling relationships splendidly in the past, but there's a new dimension to her writing that wasn’t there before.

80
The Young Folks

evermore is not a perfect album, nor is it Taylor’s best. It does, however, offer a fascinating scripture baked in conceptual storytelling that straddles the line between realism and fairy-tale. In that regard, it’s kind of like many other Taylor albums. It’s just part of her evolution.

79
Pitchfork
Working again with Aaron Dessner, Swift challenges herself to find new dimensions within the moody atmosphere: fingerpicked ballads, colorful pop music, and her first country songs in years.
78
Paste

She’s comfortably settled into a woodsy new world where third-person stories outnumber her own diary entries, not quite reaching the heights of her best album, Red, or the pop mastery of 1989, but creating something equally satisfying. It’s a more restful kind of wealth.

78
GIGsoup
While songs on “folklore” seem to be more popular, fun, and tells more of a story, “evermore” showcases Swift’s ability for songwriting and ability to once again prove she can write anything and it will be a hit.
70
Loud and Quiet

evermore provides a handsome, bare-bones platform for her ability as a songwriter.

70
Exclaim!

While retreading folklore's ground, evermore deepens and enriches its older sister's world.

70
The Needle Drop

Taylor Swift tops off 2020 with another solid helping of indie folk - in case anyone thought Folklore was a fluke.

69
Beats Per Minute

Not everything on evermore truly works or lands satisfyingly, but it’s all part of a creative process that is producing some of her best and most surprising work to date.

60
The Observer

On her richly resonant second album of the year, Swift dabbles with country noir and dives into the world of unbalanced relationships.

58
Sputnikmusic

It adds little to the reinvention established by Folklore and doesn’t deepen her work within this sound in particularly convincing terms.

PipePanic
50

Taylor Swift and the Lizard Wizard

Even if you aren’t a fan of Taylor Swift, you have to admit: not a lot of pop stars are able to release two records in one year, let alone during one of the most difficult years in recent memory. Quarantine clearly has sharpened Taylors mindset and borderline forced her to pin down exactly what her individual sound is, removing the excessive glitz and glamour that has previously turned me off from her music and going back to a more stripped back and ... read more

Doublez
75

It's not as good as the Folklore album, but this surprising sequel shows just how well this new aesthetic suits Taylor Swift. Evermore is like a symbol of a flourishing artist who has drawn strong inspiration from 'folk', enabling her to offer a satisfying second album that same year. I don't know how long this phase will last, but Taylor Swift has found the magic formula she needs to take her career to the next level.

For someone who is not a fan, I would say that for me Taylor Swift sums it ... read more

Docky
97

So folklore is my aoty, it's been that way since it dropped and honestly I still listen to it quite often, when this was announced yesterday I was immediately hyped for it, but still it's only been 5 months who knows how good or bad it was gonna be? Could be an expanded folklore or maybe straight up something completely different and I'm fine with both of those. So what did we get?

Well the truth is, it's kinda both expanded folklore and something completely different, some songs sound like ... read more

Infinitesparks
86

FAV TRACKS: willow, champagne problems, gold rush, tolerate it, no body, no crime, happiness, long story short, ★ marjorie ★, evermore

LEAST FAV TRACKS: dorothea

lucascusworth
78

After the success of 'folklore', Taylor re-emerged with 'evermore' her ninth studio album and the sequel to 'folklore' or sister, prequel, whatever it is. It opens with 'willow' the lead single and I honestly love it. Followed by an immaculate three song stretch of 'champagne problems', and the catchy 'gold rush' and 'tis' the damn season'. The track five 'tolerate it' is an emotional moment. I have conflicted feelings about 'no body, no crime', it's on one hand an amazing song with great ... read more

JacobStandridge
70

Taylor does it once again on Evermore. She continues her venture into indie folk nicely with another hour long project of tracks. As on folklore her songwriting is much improved and the instrumentations are great carrying over the sound from the previous record. There are a few songs that I felt were pretty meh or forgettable but I think overall she delivers another winner here. The melodies are good and the stories she tells are completing and engaging. I enjoyed it so much that I was ... read more

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Added on: December 10, 2020