Written by Killian O’Neil
For years, Taylor Swift has continued to deliver records that have revolutionized and changed the way we think about music. Swift, who started her career at the ripe age of fourteen, has surprised everyone at each and every turn. Swift has gone above and beyond to make sure she can’t be pigeonholed into a specific genre. The imagery that she continues to create is one of a kind and her songwriting is a gift. Every single one of her lyrics is a paint stroke on a canvas to complete the picture.
Swift is known for her ability to bring her music to life with her words and Evermore is a true testament to that. In December we all were treated with the surprise drop of her 9th studio album, Evermore. It’s the sister album to Folklore that was released this past summer. The 15-track album consists of individual narratives with each song that captures your attention within the first note, as well as undertones of love, loss and empowerment riddled throughout the album.
Swift also decided to do collaborations with three artists HAIM, The National, and Bon Iver. The first song on the record, “Willow,” spins you into a nostalgic state that washes over you. One of the lyrics that stuck me was “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night/Rough on the surface but you cut through like a knife”… that line alone packs a punch of so many emotions rolled into one. Swift continues to do so throughout the album.
The song that stuck out to me the most on this record was the song, “Happiness,” which brought me to tears in the best way possible. I had that song on repeat for a solid thirty minutes digesting the words the words that were being played because it hit places I forgot even existed. A lyric that really stuck out to me was “Tell me, when did your winning smile/Begin to look like a smirk?/When did all our lessons start to look like weapons pointed at my deepest hurt?/I hope she’ll be a beautiful fool/Who takes my spot next to you/No, I didn’t mean that/Sorry, I can’t see facts through all of my fury/You haven’t met the new me yet”…um, can you say mic drop?!
Those lyrics speak for themselves with the story that is spelled out for you (quite literally). Anyone who has had a broken heart and healed can relate to that or any of her songs on this album. Once again, in normal T-Swift fashion, she has killed the game with this record. I can even admit that Swift is my music guilty pleasure and I don’t think I’m alone on that one. If you want to get in your feelings take Evermore for a spin, just make sure you have a box of tissues next to you.
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