Taylor Swift released an entire album out of nowhere and the internet has many, many thoughts
Taylor Swift released Folklore, her eight studio album, with just a few hours notice, and it’s safe to say the internet is shook.
Folklore was announced Thursday afternoon (July 23) with a dream-like black and white photoset and an uncharacteristically small amount of fanfare.
“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening,” Swift wrote on Instagram – her headlining Glastonbury slot chief among them.
“But there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen.”
Folklore, written and recorded in isolation, largely produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, instantly set the internet ablaze with speculation.
Would it be a return to her country roots? A lo-fi lockdown side project? A note-for-note re-record of Nelly Furtado’s criminally underrated 2003 album of the same name?
As the countdown began, Twitter could barely contain its excitement, with even Grindr joining in, quoting an ancient Russian philosopher.
and we’ll be listening to folklore by @taylorswift13 tonight ? https://t.co/5JcI34EbCt
— Grindr (@Grindr) July 23, 2020
As Folklore arrived at the stroke of midnight Friday (July 24), fans found themselves immersed in a world of vulnerability.
RED HAS BEEN SO STRONG FOR 8 YEARS. AND TODAY, WE WITNESSED FOLKLORE DETHRONING IT'S CROWN AS THE MOST VULNERABLE AND EMOTIONAL TAYLOR SWIFT ALBUM OF ALL TIME. #Folklore pic.twitter.com/cA6AIbbFNV— Lezzter ❤ (@IamLezzter13) July 24, 2020
Fans, critics and – apparently – dead musical geniuses alike were united in calling it Swift’s best album to date.
“folklore might be one of the best albums that was ever released. I just think that Taylor Swift is such an amazing artist, songwriter & all her songs are timeless. She saved the music industry with this one,"
-William Shakespeare Via Ouija Board #Folklore pic.twitter.com/8uGBz0XUQj— ???• (@valentinesrep) July 24, 2020
Swift’s bestie, Todrick Hall, applauded “the melodies, the lyricism, the production”, adding: “So proud of her! Ughhhhhh.”
I’m 4 songs in and this is my favorite @taylorswift13 album yet. The melodies, the lyricism, the production. So proud of her! Ughhhhhh— Todrick Hall (@todrick) July 24, 2020
A delicate record full of intricate, poetic lyricism, Folklore appears to be giving fans all the feels.
Me listening to EXILE by Taylor Swift #folklore pic.twitter.com/DnLoNyhW7o— honeyadorestaylor (@honeyadorestay) July 24, 2020
Three songs – first single “Cardigan”, “August” and “Betty” – revolve around a love triangle.
Okay Betty cardigan what IS HAPPENING pic.twitter.com/QRCDovfdUu— taylor swift simp acc ??? (@eeshahahaa) July 24, 2020
On the latter, Swift romanticises about two teenage girls falling for one another, which naturally, set queer Twitter ablaze.
taylor swift and betty pic.twitter.com/1m07tzszxE— cunt (@mitskillme) July 24, 2020
adding betty to my sapphic playlist pic.twitter.com/NeY0K8AAAE— grace (@goldnstyles_) July 24, 2020
Another track, “Peace”, appears to reference a few of Swift’s most high-profile enemies: her old record label boss Scott Borchetta and his business partner Scooter Braun, as well as Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West.
”There's robbers to the east, clowns to the west” – peace, Taylor Swift (2020) pic.twitter.com/xlulpgwJqp— rep (@tsgetaway2) July 24, 2020
“Exile”, Swift’s collaboration with Bon Iver, was also singled out for high praise.
exile is a lyrical masterpiece. it perfectly captures a love too lost and broken that everything is past the point of remedy.
the lines are heavy & well-written, but this post-chorus exchange is exceptionally genius and resonant.
taylor swift & bon iver, i love you. #folklore pic.twitter.com/sx4kq1Zt9C
— denver (@dnvrdinosaurio) July 24, 2020
exile isn’t just a song by taylor swift, it’s a lifestyle, a reason to breathe, an escape from this cruel world filled with thieves. it’s art, the first gift you open on christmas, a hug from a loved one, everything you’ve ever wanted, everything you need. #folklore pic.twitter.com/JEElxclQYP— gabs (@finelinegabs) July 24, 2020
After a start to the year defined by gloom and worry, one fan proclaimed that in releasing Folklore, Swift had saved this apparently cursed year.
Taylor Swift just saved 2020 with #folklore album. pic.twitter.com/wwOOVKB6XG— ALVINOTS #folklore at midnight (@AlvinSwifty) July 24, 2020
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