Taylor Swift — Evermore (Dec. 11, 2020)

CANADA emoji                                                                                 Taylor Swift — Evermore (2 LP/Dec. 11, 2020) Taylor Swift — Evermore (Dec. 11, 2020)■  Když bylo album Evermore oznámeno, jen den před vydáním někteří spekulovali o významné změně v životě Taylor Swift, na kterou by písně mohly reagovat. Rozešla se se svým přítelem, hercem Joeem Alwynem? Zasnoubili se, nebo se tajně vzali?
■  Vnitřnosti alba odhalují něco významnějšího: schopnost Taylor Swift převzít charaktery postav, psát je, dokud nejsou úplně vyždímané, a přejít na svou další roli v metodě, přičemž se zachová zcela nedotčená. V případě Champagne Problems je to špinavá a obtížná přítelkyně, jejíž život zasahuje do osobní potenciální romantické budoucnosti, zatímco v No Body, No Crime, Swift (ft. Haim) sestry šlapou salónním remakem chicagského filmu He Had It Comin’, jak vyprávějí o šílené ženě, která kryje vraždu svého podváděného manžela. Přes syntetizované rytmy bubnů na předposlední skladbě Closure Taylor odmítá nabídnout cokoli z toho, aby uspokojila sebeobslužný požadavek exmanžela. Nezapomeňme, že album je do značné míry poznamenáno přítomnosti členů The National a jiných bandů: Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, dále Jack Antonoff z kapely Bleachers, multihráč Josh Kaufman (10 kapel), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), Marcus Mumford, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Este & Danielle Haim (HAIM), atd.  
■  Resumé: postavy a jejich vnitřní boje jsou na Evermore krásně vykresleny, přičemž mezery v jejich příbězích zůstávají upřesněny nebo úplně zmizí. „Vracím se silnější než trend z 90. let,“ zpívá Swift otvírák alba Willow. Po tomto roce už nikdy nic nebylo pravdivější.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Album release: December 11, 2020
Record Label: Republic
Duration:     60:45
Tracks:
01. Willow   3:35
02. Champagne Problems   4:04
03. Gold Rush   3:05
04. ‘tis The Damn Season   3:50
05. Tolerate It   4:05
06. No Body, No Crime (feat. HAIM)   3:36
07. Happiness   5:15
08. Dorothea   3:46
09. Coney Island (feat. The National)   4:35
10. Ivy   4:20
11. Cowboy Like Me   4:35
12. Long Story Short   3:36
13. Marjorie   4:18
14. Closure   3:01
15. Evermore (deat. Bon Iver)   5:04
Bonus tracks:
16. Right where you left me
17. It’s time to go
■  tracks 01~05   18:40
■  tracks 06~09   17:13
■  tracks 10~13   16:50
■  tracks 14~17   16:25Taylor Swift — Evermore (Dec. 11, 2020)
Credits:
■  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evermore_(Taylor_Swift_album)
Review
By Brodie Lancaster ⌊December 11, 2020 — 6.04pm⌋ Score: ★★★★★ 
■  Taylor Swift does her best work when all she has to contend with is herself. It’s an idea that appeared, fully realised, in July when she surprise~released her lockdown album, Folklore. With Evermore — the second chapter and/or sequel and/or companion record she dropped on Friday afternoon — Swift confirms this, inviting us even deeper inside her storybook world.
■  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.
■  References to suburban nostalgia abound. On Coney Island, Swift and The National sing of the mall as the early internet: “It was the one place to be”. While on Tis the Damn Season the narrator falls into bed with a childhood friend when they both arrive home for the holidays, recognising in one another the ghosts of a past life. It’s a temporary arrangement, one that ends when she returns “to LA and the so~called friends”, but the feeling it evokes — that the only people who could really know someone as famous as Swift are the ones who knew her before she found fame — is powerful.
■  It’s a thread Swift picks up and runs with on Dorothea. A masterwork of a character study, it sees the roles reversed and Swift singing as the friend left behind, the one seeing the shiny face of a school pal on TV. “You’rе a queen sellin’ dreams, sellin’ makeup in magazines … from you I’d buy anything,” Swift sings. For her long history of writing break~up songs and anthems for scorned lovers, some of the most powerful and painful loves lost are the ones between old friends and Swift captures them knowingly on Evermore.Taylor Swift — Evermore (Dec. 11, 2020)
■  Swift may have broken her usual routine for releasing records this year, but she’s no less obsessed with patterns and themes. On Folklore, track 13 (her favourite number) was told from the perspective of her grandfather. Here the same track number, Marjorie, is named for her late grandmother, an opera singer who’s credited with backing vocals and who had “closets of backlogged dreams” she left to her granddaughter.
■  When Evermore was announced, just a day before it was released, some speculated about a significant change in Swift’s life the record might respond to. Had she broken up with her boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn? Had they got engaged or secretly married?
■  The record reveals something more significant though: Swift’s ability to assume a character, write it until it’s entirely wrung dry, and move on to her next method role while keeping herself entirely intact. On Champagne Problems she’s the messy, difficult girlfriend whose life interferes with her potential romantic future, while on No Body, No Crime, Swift and the Haim sisters stomp through a saloon~style remake of Chicago’s He Had it Comin’ as they tell of a mad woman who covers up the murder of her cheating husband. Over synthesised drum patters on the penultimate track Closure, Swift refuses to offer any of it to satisfy an ex’s self~serving request.
■  The characters and their internal struggles on Evermore are beautifully rendered, with gaps in their stories left to be fleshed out or disappear to time entirely. “I come back stronger than a ‘90s trend,” Swift sings on the album opener Willow. After this year, nothing has ever been more true.
■  https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/taylor-swift-is-back-stronger-than-ever-before-20201211-p56mti.html
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