THIS IS THE SOUND OF ‘EVERMORE,’ THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT RANKED! Sharing the Taylor Swift Evermore rankings (or how I rank them!). © Rissi JC

THIS IS THE SOUND OF ‘EVERMORE,’ THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT RANKED!

December 13, 2020 3 Comments

As has been the surprise nature of many of Taylor Swift’s new music, Evermore follows in the footsteps of Folklore (in more ways than one, but more on this later) and releases as a surprise new ninth album. Arriving at Midnight on Thursday the 11th, Taylor releases this album as a kind of gift to her fans. After listening to it (quite a bit) over these past 48 hours, it’s now finally an Evermore rankings kind of day.

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Same as I did with Folklore, I’m going to go ahead and rank these titles from least to most favorite. Looking back on my rankings of her eight album (which released this summer), I feel like they upper rankings are still pretty much the same, though the bottom may deserve a shakeup, with songs like ‘Exile’ which I may bump up now that I know its genesis. That said, Evermore, which brings us 15 new tracks (including two bonus on the actual TS store album), is like a sister album to Folklore according to Swift. Prior albums were like an “ending” for her, and she was always ready to creatively enter the next era. But, according to her, with Folklore, there is more to tell. And so, she does.

Here’s a quick overview (because there’s still a LOT of listening to come) of my early rankings and thoughts on Evermore. Prior to writing this, much as I’d like, I also read VERY little review/thoughts on this album because I don’t want to inadvertently project another’s conclusion. Note: I haven’t heard the bonus tracks yet since I bought my copy from iTunes, and the physical album doesn’t release until this Friday.


EVERMORE RANKINGS


15: Ivy (Track 10)

This is one I really know nothing about because I haven’t paid it much mind. Is it one of your favorites?

14: Dorthea (Track 8)

Tells the story of another girl who leaves her town.

13: Marjorie (Track 13)

This song is sweet because it’s said to be one about Taylor’s grandmother. Also, I love this lyric:

“Never be so clever. You forget to be kind.” – Taylor Swift

12: No Body, No Crime (Track 6)

One social media observation I saw about this is that it throwback to her song ‘Picture to Burn.’ It also reminds me of something like ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ (Carrie Underwood) as well.

11: Coney Island (Track 9)

This is no ‘Cornelia Street,’ which I will admit I thought of when I saw the title.

“Break my soul in two looking for you. But you’re right here.” – Taylor Swift

10: ‘Tis the Damn Season (Track 4)

Haven’t really listened to this one much either to be honest, but it’s not an immediate favorite. That said, I DO like the pace of the song, which is likely not the right term since I know nothing about music.

“We could call it even. You can call me babe all weekend.” – Taylor Swift

9: Closure (Track 14)

This has more of an upbeat tempo (??), but it’s just not a favorite as things sit right now.

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8: Cowboy Like Me (Track 11)

This one is lauded as going back to her country roots, and I do hear that, but I think also the title puts us in mind of country music. The story it tells is also heavily country-leaning which is interesting. Makes one wonder if someday she’ll make another country-strong album; I like the cadence of this song.

Note: this song has an “explicit” rating – the f-word is used. There is a “clean” version of the entire album

7: Long Story Short (Track 12)

This one is said to be about (from social media chatter) Taylor’s experience with West, her breakup with a longtime boyfriend which leads to a brief fling and then, of course, the happy place she’s in now. It does sound like this, and so I can see how that conclusion could be accurate.

6: Champagne Problems (Track 2)

“Because I dropped your hand while dancing.” – Taylor Swift

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Note: this song has an “explicit” rating – the f-word is used. There is a “clean” version of the entire album

5: Tolerate It (Track 5)

This is Swift’s infamous fifth track (which is now known as her most personal). LOTS of fans like this one, and it does have its good moments. Not sure what the song’s primary relationship is about.

Note: this song has an “explicit” rating – sh*t is used. There is a “clean” version of the entire album

4: Evermore

This is Taylor’s second vocal collab with Bon Iver.

3: Happiness (Track 7)

I don’t love every lyric on this song, but I like that despite its title, it’s a song of healing and realizing life does move on after sadness, and “there is happiness” again.

According to Taylor, ‘Happiness’ is also the last song she wrote for Evermore.

Note: this song has an “explicit” rating – sh*t and abuse of deity is used. There is a “clean” version of the entire album

2: Gold Rush (Track 3)

I do LOVE the sound of this song that is about a “single daydream” (according to Swift), but I don’t love all of the speculation of the song. Can we all just agree some speculation ruins what a song can mean to someone?

1: Willow (Track 1)

I come back stronger than a 90s trend. – Taylor Swift

This song is Taylor’s first single off this album, and therefore the first I heard. I like it. It’s pop-y, but also folk-y or Indie? I know that’s a lot, but it somehow fits. Plus, the music video has LOTS of visual throwbacks to lyrics of Folklore.


Like Folklore, this album is departure for Swift, but it’s very similar to her eighth effort. It’s very much in the folk-y or “alternative” (Indie?) element of sound. It sounds fine and overall, the songs have a more unique quality than some of her prior albums like ‘1989’ (which I still LOVE). I miss her happier stuff, and after listening to it again the other day, I even miss her ‘Love Story’ days. This then makes me curious to hear her re-recordings of her prior albums!

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You can find Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’ digitally on places like iTunes, Spotify, or on Amazon; or you can pre-buy her Evermore album on Amazon (with the two bonus tracks!).

What about you? What’s your favorite new T-Swift song? How about you order these Taylor Swift Evermore rankings? Which do you like best – Folklore or Evermore? Favorite lyric or thoughts on this new sound direction? Comment all of your thoughts below!

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  • Catherine@thelazyhufflepuff January 3, 2021 at 6:03 AM

    Ooh your ranking is so different to mine (although I do really like Williow) Ivy, No Body no Crime and Champagne problems are my favourites – I think I just like a good story song and the country feel! I feel like a lot of influences are creeping in from her early stuff because she’s re-recording it, and I love that!

    • Rissi JC January 11, 2021 at 8:12 PM

      I like ‘Champagne Problems.’ It’s grown on me quite a look. :) ‘Willow’ feels more bubbly to me, which is fun, but I agree. I think some of her earlier (in terms of the “sound”) creeps in. It’ll be interesting to see if her re-records sound different.

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