Serving up this steaming pile of
Celebrity Gossip
Gay Politics
Gay News
and Pointless Bitchery
Since 1995

Hello and thank you for being a DL contributor. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. Please click here to update your account with a username and password.

Hello. Some features on this site require registration. Please click here to register for free.

Hello and thank you for registering. Please complete the process by verifying your email address. If you can't find the email you can resend it here.

Hello. Some features on this site require a subscription. Please click here to get full access and no ads for $1.99 or less per month.

Taylor Swift's New Album 'Folklore'

She announced it today, it'll be dropping at midnight apparently. It's a "secret album".

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 14219 hours ago

She had this to say.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 107/23/2020

Based on that preview pic, she's gonna water down Bjork/Kate Bush the way she watered down country.

by Anonymousreply 207/23/2020

she must be hyperactive and just HAD to work. good for her.

i've been drinking.

by Anonymousreply 307/23/2020

Will Kanye be listening? I mean, assuming his asylum allows that sort of thing?

by Anonymousreply 407/23/2020

If it’s a secret, why are you talking about it.

Hater.

by Anonymousreply 507/23/2020

I'll listen to whatever part of it's available on YouTube. Ever since she tweeted that we will vote Donald Trump out in November, I've kind of loved Taylor Swift.

by Anonymousreply 607/23/2020

Looks like she's appropriating Amish culture. She's from that area of Pennsylvania originally. Watch out for the Amish mafia girl!

by Anonymousreply 707/23/2020

We heard.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 807/23/2020

From Country to Pop to Urban to Folklore. This chick is getting into every genre.

by Anonymousreply 907/23/2020

The album is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 1007/23/2020

The music video for the lead single, "Cardigan". The visuals are stunning.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 1107/23/2020

It’s good stuff. The Cardigan video is excellent, and the songs on the album are really good. The girl is one talented songwriter.

by Anonymousreply 1207/23/2020

Listening now, she released all songs on youtube, some seriously good stuff!

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 1307/24/2020

I love 1989. I will be downloading this. Not my sort of music but will give it a go. Loving Easy by Troye Sivan- give it a go. I would like him to be a success

by Anonymousreply 1407/24/2020

The duet with Bon Iver is OUTSTANDING .

by Anonymousreply 1507/24/2020

What's the song with Bonnie Bear?

by Anonymousreply 1607/24/2020

R16 see link

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 1707/24/2020

What an awful album cover.

by Anonymousreply 1807/24/2020

It was shot during social distancing. The photographer was in Atlanta, she was in Nashville.

by Anonymousreply 1907/24/2020

Plus that’s not the album cover. She made sure to make like 16 different album covers so crazy fans would drop all their cash on all of them.

by Anonymousreply 2007/24/2020

Damn, they covered it on CNN, this must be a huge deal

by Anonymousreply 2107/24/2020

She’s pregnant.

by Anonymousreply 2207/24/2020

She’s pregnant with hits !!!

by Anonymousreply 2307/24/2020

It is a beautiful album - it seems very timely

by Anonymousreply 2407/24/2020

Notify me when somebody drops Taylor Swift ... from the Empire State Building.

by Anonymousreply 2507/24/2020

I may have to download my first Taylor Swift album ever (I don't do Spotify).

by Anonymousreply 2607/24/2020

[quote]I don't do Spotify

Thanks for letting us know

by Anonymousreply 2707/24/2020

I listened to it and nothing was memorable. I'm surprised young people listen to this boring, flat music.

by Anonymousreply 2807/24/2020

Guessing her last album didn't do so great, so she released this right away? Wasn't the last album out less than a year ago?

by Anonymousreply 2907/24/2020

One of her songs came on the Muzak where I work the other night. It went something like this: We are never ever ever getting back together gether getherrrrr. Genius, I tell you.

by Anonymousreply 3007/24/2020

She was supposed to go on tour to promote that album, R29 but the pandemic shat on that so she recorded a whole new batch of songs.

by Anonymousreply 3107/24/2020

Her last album was the better of her pop albums. Her artistic growth is evident.

My fave:

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 3207/24/2020

Karlie Kloss, You Trying to Tell Us Something?

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 3307/24/2020

Karlie Kloss was caught kissing Taylor on the lips in one picture.

by Anonymousreply 3407/24/2020

As T-Swift goes, its fine.

by Anonymousreply 3507/24/2020

At least shes moved on from bubblegum dreck, but no great hooks though

by Anonymousreply 3607/24/2020

R30 Is clearly an 80 year old man.

by Anonymousreply 3707/24/2020

Her last album Lover sold 3.3 million copies world wide which was down from Reputations 4.5. Tour would have helped increase sales but it was still the best selling album of the year.

by Anonymousreply 3807/24/2020

The duet with Bon Iver is not good. Lyrics are awful.

by Anonymousreply 3907/24/2020

Is she still trying to sound like a NYC Latina?

“You need to calm tsDOWN!”

by Anonymousreply 4007/24/2020

Why is it known as "dropping" when an album is released?

by Anonymousreply 4107/24/2020

I heard the first single. It was ok. I’m not a taylor person but more power to her.

by Anonymousreply 4207/24/2020

If she announced it then it’s no longer a secret...

by Anonymousreply 4307/24/2020

I'm with r28. I listened to Cardigan and then listened to about a minute of the other songs on YouTube and they are all forgettable.

I guess if you want to put on an album that will put you to sleep or be background and not disturb anything else you are doing, then it's great.

by Anonymousreply 4407/24/2020

R44 not all of us need to listen to EDM/ club music all the time

by Anonymousreply 4507/24/2020

Im hearing a lot of Lana Del Rey and Lorde influence. I listened to a few but so far "Cardigan" is my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 4607/24/2020

CNN say:

[quote] Taylor Swift's stirring and surprising new indie album, 'Folklore,' earns rave reviews from critics and fan

by Anonymousreply 4707/24/2020

She’s getting insanely good reviews for it, and they’re well-deserved. “Last Great American Dynasty” is my early favorite.

by Anonymousreply 4807/24/2020

This album makes me reach for my Zoloft.

by Anonymousreply 4907/24/2020

[quote] Her last album Lover sold 3.3 million copies world wide which was down from Reputations 4.5.

R38 actually it's more than 3.3M, those numbers didn't include China which has become the biggest market for Taylor Swift outside the US. Her "Lover" album received 3x diamond certification (diamond = CNY $10M sales on digital download), since China is almost all digital singles, it's really hard to covert singles number to album, but the official tally is her CNY $30M singles number is about 1.7 million albums sold in China. She is the first non-Chinese singer to receive 3x diamond certification, of course she was the first to receive diamond (1989) , and 2x diamond (Reputation). Now, all three albums are certified 3x diamond in China.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 5007/24/2020

I didn’t know that. Why is China not counted? That’s weird.

by Anonymousreply 5107/25/2020

It sucks

by Anonymousreply 5207/25/2020

I think it's because China has bypassed the traditional recording industry model, like everything entertainment related, the market is dominated by the ecommerce giants like Tencent, Alibaba... In less than 24 hours, her "Folklore" album already sold more than half million copies on QQmusic alone (owned by Tencent), and according to the news, this time QQMusic sold them as an album in pre-orders, not on individual single downloads.

by Anonymousreply 5307/25/2020

I love it. It’s extraordinary.

by Anonymousreply 5407/25/2020

So that means Lover with two big hit singles (Me & You Need to Calm Down) was not disappointing and was on track to match Reputation if she had toured. Folklore is critically acclaimed and will no doubt feature at the Grammys, but I don't think any of the songs have hit potential. No chart-topping singles from this one.

by Anonymousreply 5507/25/2020

Her music sucks!

by Anonymousreply 5607/25/2020

Who's she dating now? I remember back when she had to be seen with everyone.

by Anonymousreply 5707/25/2020

How good is her new album? So good that Aaron Schock is off Grindr this weekend so that he can absorb her music into his every pore. He's searching for a new personal anthem to replace "Shake it Off."

by Anonymousreply 5807/25/2020

R57 Supposedly Joe Alwyn, a b-list British actor who has gay rumors. Taylor Swift keeps dropping lyrical hints that she’s into women though (read the lyrics to “Dress”, etc.). In this album she pretends she’s a guy in one song pining after a girl (Betty) because it’s so common for straight women to make those kind of songs...

by Anonymousreply 5907/25/2020

R59 She and Joe have been together for a while now, but they're both bisexual.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 6007/25/2020

There's a whole twitter dedicated to photo evidence of Joe being a homo.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 6107/25/2020

r59, I don't think Betty is gay at all. It's written from a guy's (James') perspective.

by Anonymousreply 6207/25/2020

i love exile. i just cant get into cardigan

by Anonymousreply 6307/25/2020

People here trashed her last album and said that strong sales were due to marketing gimmicks, such as releasing different versions so her fans would each buy many copies.

Twenty-four hours after releasing this album, her record company is touting record-breaking performance, all digital.

“New York, NY (July 25, 2020) – In under 24 hours, Taylor Swift’s 5 Star album folklore sold over 1.3 million copies around the world. It also shattered “the global record for first-day album streams on Spotify by a female artist” with 80.6 million streams and delivered “the most-streamed pop album on Apple Music in 24 hours” with 35.47M streams. Additionally, folklore set the U.S. and Worldwide Amazon Music Indie/Alternative Streaming Record.

folklore is the ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking superstar’s eighth album. folklore arrives as a fan favorite and ranks as Taylor's highest rated critically acclaimed album on Metacritic, currently ranked 96.5.

Here are what critics are saying about folklore:

“5 Stars” – The Guardian, Laura Snapes

“Folklore proves that she can thrive away from the noise: if you interpret “classmates” as pop peers, Swift is no longer competing.” – The Guardian, Laura Snapes

“Taylor Swift's surprise album 'Folklore' is her best yet.” – USA Today, Patrick Ryan

“A Rating” – Entertainment Weekly, Maura Johnston

“...a content smile of an album on which one of the world's biggest pop stars, charts be damned, forges her own path and dares listeners to come along for the ride…” –Entertainment Weekly, Maura Johnston

“5 Stars” – The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick

“These are beautifully turned songs filled with empathy for downtrodden characters battered by life but always ready to fight back, bridging social distance with langorous melodies and deep emotion. The lockdown may have been a terrible moment for music and musicians, but it has resulted in Taylor’s Swift’s most powerful and mature album to date.” – The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick

“Thank you, Taylor, for this masterpiece of an album.” – Buzzfeed, Ryan Schocket

"The mainstream deity wears well the role of a solemn storyteller, who’s more comfortable than ever weaving her tales without happy endings (and whose goth-inspired album cover looks like an Opeth throwback). Such an approach reminds of the darker tones found in Bruce Springsteen’s The River, the double-album that first saw the Boss wholly embrace the idea of telling other folks’ tales in the first-person — a formula that would guide him for decades. Swift may not be far behind on Highway 9." – Spin, Bobby Oliver

"One musing bleeds into the next; sonic themes maintain a brilliantly downcast cohesion, like smooth obsidian glass. It’s a record born of necessity, a testament to her deep need to make music, even when it makes no sense to do so." – Spin, Bobby Oliver

“5 Stars” – i Newspaper, Sarah Carson

“A dazzling, timeless surprise album.” – i Newspaper, Sarah Carson

“In years to come, when we look back at the timeless Folklore, Swift's words will once again prove astoundingly, simply, true.” – i Newspaper, Sarah Carson

“Some of us have spent years dreaming Taylor would do a whole album like this—but nobody really dreamed it would turn out this great. Her greatest album—so far.” – Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield

“4.5 Stars” – Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield

“The album is ruminative and dreamy, the work of an artist, who, cut off from the everyday world, turned inward, following the rushing rapids of her imagination and scooping up songs as they flowed past.” – Los Angeles Times, Jody Rosen

“A- Rating” – Consequence of Sound

...tons more A-level reviews included in the release.

by Anonymousreply 6407/25/2020

I’ve started to like Taylor ever since she called out that rightwing cunt Senator Marsha Snatchburn of Tennessee for being a vile, heinous, disgusting excuse for a human being.

by Anonymousreply 6507/25/2020

All those years she kept quiet while Trump supporters claimed her as one of them until she started to speak up. That's when I started paying attention.

by Anonymousreply 6607/25/2020

I thought you gays hated lesbians

by Anonymousreply 6707/26/2020

R66 She was still pretty young then. She started making political statements at around the same time in life (late 20s/early 30s) I had my political awakening. She’s a pop star who grew up in Pennsylvania and Tennessee and who was groomed and pitched to a country music audience. Given her upbringing and her age, I don’t really hold it against her that she isn’t a lifelong progressive activist. I think that’s a completely unrealistic expectation for someone with her background. I am glad she ultimately came around because she does have influence on young people, but it’s a little disturbing to me that we have to rely on the influence of entertainers to instruct people to reject fascism and political corruption.

by Anonymousreply 6807/26/2020

Would her coming-out be the biggest in entertainment?

by Anonymousreply 6907/26/2020

Is Taylor Swift were to come out, she would inevitably come out as bisexual. She has dated too many men to suddenly announce she is a lesbian and everything has been a lie. She would date some demi-butch woman with short hair for about two years, people would remark that it was a long relationship for her, and then there’d be a dramatic breakup, an album, and she’d marry a man within a year.

See also: Miley Cyrus, Ani DiFranco

by Anonymousreply 7007/26/2020

[quote]See also: Miley Cyrus, Ani DiFranco

I thought Ani DiFranco always claimed to be a lesbian, but then suddenly married a man and came out as bisexual?

by Anonymousreply 7107/26/2020

[quote] Such an approach reminds of the darker tones found in Bruce Springsteen’s The River, the double-album that first saw the Boss wholly embrace the idea of telling other folks’ tales in the first-person — a formula that would guide him for decades

You just know that the Springsteen comparison has her dancing around every room in the mansion.

by Anonymousreply 7207/26/2020

R70 But Karlie and Diana or any other women that her stans claim she was with, aren't butch. Not even tomboys. They are all extra feminine

by Anonymousreply 7307/26/2020

Fuck her. Can't sing, can't write anything on her own, has a Pekingese mouth.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 7407/26/2020

I made that bitch famous ...

by Anonymousreply 7507/26/2020

This from the New York Times 3 days ago-

[quote] Taylor Swift and Kanye West Will Tangle Again, With Dueling Albums

[quote] The two pop stars, who have been linked since the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, are both set to release new records on Friday.

Then this from The Sun today-

[quote] The rapper was due to release new album and video Donda: With Child on Friday, but it failed to materialize.

by Anonymousreply 7607/26/2020

Wow @ the reviews.

by Anonymousreply 7707/26/2020

I can't stand her. She seems like a totally manufactured product. She tries to affect a certain voice when singing- young and innocent and breathy- so everything she sings sounds false. And she has bitchface.

Even her appearance is contrived. She won't go outside unless she looks like she's been in hair 'n makeup for two hours.

by Anonymousreply 7807/26/2020

My favorites are :

1) Exile(ft Bon Iver)

2) Seven

3) Epiphany (I might be biased here as I am a doctor myself)

This is a good album. Don't dismiss it just because you don't like the person it's coming from. I am surprised too. After Reputation and Lover i thought she had lost herself to mindless pop, but this album is wonderful! Here I am linking Exile btw...

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 7907/26/2020

[quote] She tries to affect a certain voice when singing- young and innocent and breathy- so everything she sings sounds false. And she has bitchface.

Oh look. A gnat just tried to bite my ankle.

by Anonymousreply 8007/26/2020

r79. Mine are:

1. Exile (ft Bon Iver)

2. August

3. Betty

by Anonymousreply 8107/26/2020

this mentally stunted broad still writing at the 15 year level.

Also take some damn voice lessons.

by Anonymousreply 8207/26/2020

I listened casually and I did think it was weird that a 30 year-old woman is writing about high school romances in school gyms involving 17 year olds. Why? Is she a musical YA author?

by Anonymousreply 8307/26/2020

Anyone who calling her manufactured and writing about high school romance clearly hasn't listened to the album.

I've never bought or listened to TS in my life and its easily the best album of the year. Absolutely breathtaking.

by Anonymousreply 8407/26/2020

Breathtaking is a bit much. I would take it back a few notches as to not expose yourself

by Anonymousreply 8507/26/2020

if Taylor's writing is at a 15 y/o's level, at what level is most current pop written? 7? Embryonic?

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 8607/26/2020

“Last Great American Dynasty” is one of the best songs she’s ever written. “Betty,” “Invisible String,” and “Epiphany” are lovely as well.

by Anonymousreply 8707/26/2020

The lyrics are teenager-y and let's not start with the voice. She sounds like 14 year old. People that like this or call it folk, have never listened to folk music

by Anonymousreply 8807/27/2020

I like Taylor Swift’s music overall, but we have to be honest even though it’ll invoke the wrath of defensive trolls. There is a lot of hyperbole going on in this thread.

I think Swift is a clever writer with clever ideas. “Clever” is really the best word I can think of to characterize her lyrical ability because she tells stories well and from interesting points of view, and she has a way of turning a phrase that can be thought provoking.

At the same time, her lyrics are often nonspecific and trite in a way that disappoint me—usually scene-setting stuff such as “it was sunny,” “green was the color of the grass where we used to read...teal was the color of your shirt.” These are minor details that probably few people notice, but they’re just very generic sorts of observations that would never be considered part of great writing in either prose or poetry. They do invoke specific visuals, but grass is green, we all know without it being stated; saying “grass” alone creates the mental image of the color. And when there are so many different ways to invoke color memory, Swift always just says the color in a way that certainly would be criticized in any writing workshop as unimaginative and clunky.

See also:

“Losing him was blue like I'd never known Missing him was dark grey, all alone Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met But loving him was red (red-red, red-red)”

Beyond those details, she has a very specific genre of sentimental romance that is not everyone’s taste. Her lyrics do convey interesting insights about romance and relationships sometimes. That’s a real strength. But they are also often expectedly sentimental, as in the new album she has a song about feeling like an old cardigan. On a past album, she sang about someone leaving behind a scarf that smells like him. She has some go-to romance-trope details that she seems to judiciously toss around in her music. In the new album, “August sipped away like a bottle of wine.” Sweaters, scarfs, wine, long drives, lying in the grass on summer days—the vignette she paints could be patched together to make a Nicholas Sparks movie trailer.

And then, yes, there is the teenaged high-school romance thing she still writes about at age 30. It’s odd to me. From the new song “Betty”:

“ In the garden, would you trust me If I told you it was just a summer thing? I'm only seventeen, I don't know anything But I know I miss you Betty, I know where it all went wrong Your favorite song was playing From the far side of the gym“

And then finally, having come of age in the 90s, my favorite musician remains Tori Amos and I was a big fan of Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, et al., and I went to Lilith Fair every year.

Cont...

by Anonymousreply 8907/27/2020

Cont.

Everyone is calling this new Swift album folk and I hear pop music with some folky qualities. I like the album. But if it’s going for folk, I think what’s missing for me is the voice. Swift’s voice is so processed that it doesn’t have a natural quality on most of this album—same issue as with Madonna on most of her songs except a few on American Life. The layering of her vocals on songs that could sound really intimate and personal and delicate if Swift had the security not to ‘improve’ her voice to make it more palatable through computer processing makes it feel less authentic to me. The intimacy of her lyrics sometimes are at odds with the impossible-not-to-notice production manipulation. Nineties’ women’s folk and folk-pop often was just a woman with a guitar and percussion or a woman with a piano, a singer-songwriter, who sang her poetry in imperfect intimacy. So I really can’t hear that in this album.

It’s good. It’s a Swift product, and she is good at what she does. But so far, her music reminds me of that Deanna Carter country song from the 1990s that was engineered to cross over to pop, both productionwise and lyrically. These could be Swift lyrics, and they could be Nicholas Sparks teen romance:

“Like strawberry wine and seventeen The hot July moon saw everything My first taste of love oh bittersweet Green on the vine Like strawberry wine”

So at this point, as much as I appreciate her talents, Swift to me still seems like an all-purpose commercial YA romance writer, just one who works in music instead of in print.

by Anonymousreply 9007/27/2020

Detailed analysis of some lyrics above, but what about the music? Lyrics don’t need to be great poetry if they’re tied to strong melodies.

by Anonymousreply 9107/27/2020

R91 I don’t know anything about music composition or arrangement. I am a writer (not a songwriter) and so all I am equipped to comment on and what I notice most when I listen to well-written songs are the lyrics. I wouldn’t comment on the lyrics of a typical popstar, but Swift is always credited by many as being her generation’s great songwriter, and so above is my reaction to those claims.

As I said, despite sounding hypercritical above, I like her music for what it is and I do think she is talented. I just consider her more of a genre (romance, esp. teen romance) writer lyrically speaking.

I do notice in this album’s songs a lack of adolescent brattiness such as “Look What You Made Me Do” and “You Need to Calm Down” and “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” and I think that that suggests at 30 she may be getting beyond her snarky/sarcastic worldview, which I think would be a good thing.

She still has potential to develop into a more mature lyricist. I just find it odd that she is still contemplating teen boys and girls in school gyms when that was half a lifetime ago. It seems like arrested development. Time to move on.

by Anonymousreply 9207/27/2020

I’ve only heard cardigan and thought it was really boring. Assuming the other tracks are better

by Anonymousreply 9307/27/2020

[quote] There is a lot of hyperbole going on in this thread.

Maybe so, but the entertainment/music press started it. We didn't invent the hype over this album. Some of the rave reviews were from shills, but some were from honest reviewers who usually don't hesitate to throw stones.

[quote] I just find it odd that she is still contemplating teen boys and girls in school gyms when that was half a lifetime ago. It seems like arrested development. Time to move on.

Know your core audience and your fans, right? Throw your audience a bone. Proceed with caution as you transition from the surefire avalanche of money to "art."

by Anonymousreply 9407/27/2020

Just to put things in perspective: these are some of the same critics who voted Lana Del Rey's "Norman Fucking Rockwell" their album of the year 2019.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 9507/27/2020

Cardigan is beautiful and uses the old “cardigan” to beautiful effect.

by Anonymousreply 9607/27/2020

Re:Lana, she was terrible until she teamed up with Jack Antonoff who reined her worst instincts in. Norma Fucking Rockwell! is an outstanding record.

by Anonymousreply 9707/27/2020

But we really need to talk about Phoebe Bridgers, who delivered the best singer-songwriter album after Fiona’s FTBC.

by Anonymousreply 9807/27/2020

DULLNESS OVERLOAD

by Anonymousreply 9907/27/2020

My favorite female pop album this year is Gaga’s Chromatica, but this is a close second. And I’m not a swift fan.

by Anonymousreply 10007/27/2020

Fiona Apple still holds the title of best record of the year in my opinion, but Swift isn’t far behind.

by Anonymousreply 10107/27/2020

^ the best record of the year???

by Anonymousreply 10207/27/2020

I’ve seen Swifty fans on Twitter say that Folktale is better than Fetch the Bolt Cutters.

Which is like saying Luncheon of the Boating Party is better than The Scream. They can hardly be compared except in terms of personal taste. One is pleasant and one is not. One is viscerally expressive and the other is delightful and dappled with light. Neither one is ‘better.’

by Anonymousreply 10307/27/2020

R103 that’s true, they’re essentially the same record gone about in two very different ways. Ranking them is silly when they actually compliment each other so well.

by Anonymousreply 10407/27/2020

So Taylor Swift's album is better than a Bob Dylan's album?!

by Anonymousreply 10507/27/2020

Kacey Musgraves would like a word.

by Anonymousreply 10607/27/2020

From the NY Times:

“Far more often, though, the production dictates Swift’s boundaries. The smoky “Cardigan” has a number of moving parts, distracting from Swift’s breathy, undersung vocals. The hymnal “Epiphany” feels claustrophobic — Enya-like without the flutter. “Mirrorball” verges on shoegaze, and “Mad Woman” has the blend of morose and wry that’s a Lana Del Rey trademark.

...

If this is a ploy to be cloaked in — and enhanced by — the alleged seriousness of indie rock, it only underscores how frail and unversatile that seriousness is.

That’s clearest on “The Last Great American Dynasty,” a musical biography of Rebekah Harkness, an heiress with a wild life story who happened to own Swift’s home in Rhode Island. Harkness is a classic Swift heroine — purposeful, disruptive and misunderstood: “There goes the maddest woman this town has ever seen/She had a marvelous time ruining everything.” On a different Swift album, a song like this would have reveled in the mess, but this version is controlled, almost sad. Inside, there’s a brash version of this song yearning for air.“

by Anonymousreply 10707/27/2020

The NYT review is the only not glowing one I’ve seen

by Anonymousreply 10807/27/2020

I like it. It's a lot better than Justin Timberlake and Gaga's attempts at Country

by Anonymousreply 10907/27/2020

Funny how people are calling this indie music. She's the most corporate mainstream musician on the planet. Indie=independent. At least that's what it stand for in the 90s, when it was made up. So her music couldn't be any more far away from indie and DIY aesthetics and way of creating

by Anonymousreply 11007/27/2020

Her audience is Millennial women pushing-40 who think they are still decorating the gym for the homecoming dance.

by Anonymousreply 11107/27/2020

You could call it indie inspired commercial pop.

I think she is fine. I’m not one to attack an artist for experimenting and imitating others’ styles. That’s what we did in graduate school—wrote pastiches based on writers’ styles.

That said, she does lots of pastiching. Somehow I felt like her song ‘Wildest Dreams’ was an approximation of a Lana Del Ray song the first time I heard it even though I was barely familiar with Lana Del Ray at the time.

She grabs here inspirations here and there and instead or whirring them up in a blender, she tends at this point in her career to do general imitations of others’ styles, layering her words on top.

It’s fine. It’s a thing artists do as they are growing.

“For a certain variety of '90s-raised, formerly goth-dabbling nerd-woman, Taylor Swift's rendition of her Red ballad "All Too Well" at this year's Grammys was a strikingly weird experience. As I watched the much praised performance, I kept feeling a twinge of déjà vu: The piercing stare into the camera. The casual but sassy hair flip/side-eye combination. The look-at-me-no-don't-look-at-me games she was playing, delicately inclining her face away lest we witness a moment too intimate for intrusion, then flipping over-the-shoulder glances at people in the seats. And then she started in with the headbanging. And it hit me: Tori Amos. The Taylor Swift performance everyone is talking about is Taylor Swift imitating Tori Amos.”

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 11207/27/2020

Swift openly admits that Lana inspires her a ton. “Cardigan” sounds the most like Del Rey on the new album, but even that song is still unmistakably Taylor Swift.

by Anonymousreply 113Last Tuesday at 3:40 AM

She grafts her wistful teen romances, complete with scarves, sweaters and other knitwear in remote country houses, onto different genres of music using different producers. She writes on guitar and piano and then has producers convert the songs to country (add strum and twang!) or pop (apply Max Martin production principles!) or ‘folk,’ if we’re to believe this is folk. (It is way too produced to be folk, especially all the layered and processed vocals.) But the lyrics and the song subject matter has hardly changed throughout her career.

Madonna has basically always done that, too. She writes about dancing and love and sex and breakups, and then has producers convert the songs into dance, pop, rock, rockabilly, etc.

by Anonymousreply 114Last Tuesday at 4:18 AM

"Indie" is also a sound. It's like saying pop = popular. It does, but you can also be a bedroom musician making pop music that no one will ever hear.

by Anonymousreply 115Last Tuesday at 5:21 AM

[quote]they actually compliment each other so well

"Hey Bolt Cutters. You're so fetch!"

"I know, Folklore... I learned it from watching you *wink*"

by Anonymousreply 116Last Tuesday at 5:22 AM

The way her vocals are processed keeps the songs from sounding even remotely like folk or indie to my ears. It's a bummer because I think I'd like the songs better with just her voice, as thin and wavering as it is.

You know, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen get away with having poor singing voices, and they both are exemplars of folk music. All the computerizing of Swift's voice makes me feel like she doesn't have confidence in her music.

by Anonymousreply 117Last Tuesday at 5:25 AM

I’d go as far as saying that Folklore is Taylor’s answer to FTBC

by Anonymousreply 118Last Tuesday at 8:53 AM

Are we supposed to know what FTBC is?

by Anonymousreply 119Last Tuesday at 10:04 AM

If you read the thread you would already know.

by Anonymousreply 120Last Tuesday at 10:09 AM

Yeah, totally gonna do that

by Anonymousreply 121Last Tuesday at 10:17 AM

R117 She’s using the other meaning of folklore you dweeb

by Anonymousreply 122Last Tuesday at 2:09 PM

^ people are calling it a folk album, you twat

by Anonymousreply 123Last Tuesday at 2:31 PM

I wrote a comment about the album on Twitter that didn’t use Swift’s name or the album’s name, and which could be interpreted as mildly critical but certainly was not very critical or condemning.

A Swift fanatic who is also a published author found my tweet and lashed out at me because I, “A MAN,” said something about Taylor Swift and I have no right to do that by virtue of being a man because Swift “doesn’t make music for YOU.”

People are fucking deranged.

by Anonymousreply 124Last Tuesday at 3:00 PM

Dropping makes it sound like a mega pregnant belly

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 125Last Tuesday at 3:17 PM

Meanwhile people are at each other’s throats about ... a pop album lol!

by Anonymousreply 126Last Tuesday at 3:18 PM

r124 "People [on Twitter] are fucking deranged."

by Anonymousreply 127Last Tuesday at 3:28 PM

Fetch The Bolt Cutters sucked. Fiona Apple was not being viscerally expressive, she was making awful music targeted towards the pretentious college student crowd. But it worked because that crowd eats shit like that up.

Fetch The Bolt Cutters will be forgotten and Fiona will whimper back into obscurity, but Folklore left an impression. Not to mention despite her fakeness as a person, Folklore actually feels like a person made it as a way to express themselves through art. FTBC just sounds like Fiona was trying to hit a specific "off-key wailing set to banging on pots and pans to appease pretentious white feminists" quota.

by Anonymousreply 128Last Tuesday at 6:12 PM

R128 So hyperbolic. Fetch the Bolt Cutters is too weird not to be very polarizing, but it is a great work of experimental music and it both suits our messy, antic era and will stand the test of time. If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but your suggestion the album will be forgotten for the sake of suggesting Swift is a musical genius is fallacious. Fiona Apple is a critical favorite whether you like that or not and it will be at or near the top of year-end and decade-end best-of lists.

Taylor Swift is a ubiquitous pop star, she is prolific and she is appreciated by critics, as well. You don’t have to sell a story that Fiona Apple is less than she is in order to convince others that Swift deserve’s Apple’s praise.

by Anonymousreply 129Last Tuesday at 6:23 PM

R129 I know that Swift gets more praise than Apple. I don't think Swift deserves Apple's praise, I think that Apple doesn't deserve the praise in the first place. I think that far too often people use "experimental" to excuse an album sucking. They say that it was purposefully not good because it was "experimental".

The word "experimental" in a music sense is just becoming code word for shitty at this point.

by Anonymousreply 130Last Tuesday at 6:48 PM

I remember the time when Mandy Moore went “indie” and this album is the equivalent of that, the evolution of a pop princess screaming to the world that she is mature now. The songs all sound the same though, and like Mandy, Taylor had more melodious and catchier songs as a kid. What is it about the “indie” route that automatically garners rave reviews and respect even if the songs have barely any hooks? Oh yes, they both have tinny high pitched screechy voices too aside from being suburban white girl darlings.

by Anonymousreply 131Last Tuesday at 7:22 PM

I thought Billie Eyelash was the second coming of Fiona Apple?

by Anonymousreply 132Last Tuesday at 7:51 PM

Video plagiarism!

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 133Last Tuesday at 10:39 PM

Eilish’s music is nice and all but doesn’t come close to packing the wallop of early Fiona. Eilish still sounds like a kid, Fiona’s voice at the same age was almost scary.

by Anonymousreply 134Last Wednesday at 3:24 AM

[quote]I thought Billie Eyelash was the second coming of Fiona Apple?

Eyelash is more like a bargain-basement Alanis.

by Anonymousreply 135Last Wednesday at 3:26 AM

Eilish is more like Tori Amos. She doesn't sound angry like Alanis and Fiona did. She sounds like a mouse, a very high and quiet and shy voice.

by Anonymousreply 136Last Saturday at 9:51 AM

I can kind of see a comparison between Eyelash and Tori. Eyelash honestly reminds me most of Marilyn Manson since she is so unabashedly goth-dark (“All the good girls go to hell/Cause even God herself/has enemies”) but Tori’s “Little Earthquakes” did include lyrics about witches and vampires and the chant “give me life/give me pain/give me myself again.” The difference is that Eyelash is more like a typical depressed adolescent who tells everyone killing herself would be awesome.

And some of her lyrics like these are more like young Fiona Apple tonally:

“What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?

What are you wondering? What do you know?

Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?

When we all fall asleep, where do we go?”

Compare with Fiona’s:

“ I let the beast in and then

I even tried forgiving him, but it's too soon

So I'll fight again, again, again, again, again

And for a little while more

I'll soar the uneven wind, complain and blame the sterile land

But if you're getting any bright ideas, quiet dear

I'm blooming within

Fast as you can, baby

Wait, watch me, I'll be out

Fast as I can, maybe late but at least about

Fast as you can leave me

Let this thing run its route

Fast as you can”

And Fiona’s “The First Taste” is very Lana Del Rey dark daddy fantasy:

“I lie in an early bed thinking late thoughts, waiting for the black to replace my blue. I do not struggle in your web because it was my aim to get caught, cause Daddy Longlegs I fear that I’m finally growing weary of waiting to be consumed by you. Give me the first taste. Let it begin. Heaven cannot wait forever. Darling, just start the chase; I’ll let you win, but you must make the endeavor.”

Tori did a lot of anger and brooding but not so much the damaged femme fatale thing; that was Fiona, and then Lana came along to take over that terrain, leaving Fiona just damaged. Tori’s music is almost never coy. Fiona’s often was coy, Lana’s is almost always coy, and Billie Eyelash’s is similar in that regard.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift found another knitted garment that smells like an ex-boyfriend!

by Anonymousreply 137Last Saturday at 10:13 AM

I really hate this basic, blonde bitch with a passion. She represents everything that is wrong with whiteness. The fact she so effortlessly sells truckloads of albums just tells me how dumb, basic, and boring the populace really is.

by Anonymousreply 138Last Saturday at 10:19 AM

R128 R129 R130 fiona’s album should be it’s own topic. I didn’t like it & I played it a good dozen times. It unfolds & reveals itself but that’s when it lost me. I didn’t think there was much there. Because of covid she won’t tour it (i’m guessing) & i would’ve gone in a second - which could’ve offered another chance to get with the songs. (I’m in my 50’s) I don’t know much about taylor swift but i know she writes her own stuff & has been evolving from a pop star to a singer / songwriter. That’s good news. I’ve liked the new bob dylan album , the new jessie ware album & paul mccartney’s deluxe Flaming Pie re-release.

by Anonymousreply 139Last Saturday at 12:37 PM

She's quite a queerbaiter, isn't she?

by Anonymousreply 140Last Saturday at 2:09 PM

All of these people are ghastly, just ghastly.

by Anonymousreply 141Last Saturday at 2:25 PM

Ghastly troll please show up in other threads. We love you

by Anonymousreply 14219 hours ago
Loading
Need more help? Click Here.

Yes indeed, we too use "cookies." Don't you just LOVE clicking on these things on every single site you visit? I know we do! You can thank the EU parliament for making everyone in the world click on these pointless things while changing absolutely nothing. If you are interested you can take a look at our privacy/terms or if you just want to see the damn site without all this bureaucratic nonsense, click ACCEPT and we'll set a dreaded cookie to make it go away. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site for your pointless bitchery needs.

×

Become a contributor - post when you want with no ads!