1 rock hero: 10-year-old drummer Nandi Bushell. California residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data. “my tears ricochet” is everything. This one goes out to all the reverb lesbians — I know you’re out there. Tears flow in the 17th century “Lachrimae” by John Dowland, the composer whom Sting said can make hopelessness sound strangely uplifting. Woods-inspired art works best when helmed by queer (or queer-coded) women (@nobody in particular @Justin Timberlake). In a new film about her presidential run. Possibly. Bon Iver,” despite every other letter on the album being lowercase. I don’t ever want to hear a woman singing about another woman, only to feel duped, like I’m waking up in Black Swan and have hallucinated all of the steamy lesbianism. It's just so heartbreaking and beautiful. You’ll need it. “Invisible String”. A woman's emotions are only really accepted if they're pretty or pleasing, and Taylor expertly used a beautiful piano melody that has an underlying sense of urgency and a breathy voice filled with muted anger to even further emphasize her lyrics. Taylor REALLY took out the thesaurus on this one. In John Dowland’s music, tears open the soul. There's no waiting; the song is good right away. Taylor always chooses the first song for the album perfectly. Selena Gomez has shifted gears from singing with Blackpink to playing mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, the first out gay woman to climb the Seven Summits. Well, At Least Justin Bieber Got To Play One Arena This Year…. I love the song, but I don't think it entirely fits Taylor's voice, and the tempo feels a bit too fast. In Swift’s liner notes, she wrote about her grandfather Dean “landing at Guadalcanal in 1942.” Fair warning: You only need to hear “epiphany” once for it to escape through a cracked mirror, stick to your skin, and sleep next to you in bed each night like an eldritch spirit. But as much as “Folklore” borrows from beardo indie rock, the singer is also tapping into the proudly feminine realm of acts like the Sundays and Sixpence None the Richer, nowhere more so than in the swooning “Mirrorball.” As Antonoff’s guitars glimmer and twang around her, Swift looks for an escape from 2020’s turmoil and finds one in a romantic fantasy so vivid it hurts. Musically, it's pretty much perfect, and lyrically, it's even better. This is everything I want out of a Taylor Swift song: strings being plucked, colors being painted, and the saccharine imagery of an “invisible string” pulling two unwitting strangers together. The song doesn't really get good until the bridge/when they start singing together, which is almost three minutes into the song. But...which ones are the best? Indeed, in the trilogy’s final chapter, she tries, amid “Harvest”-style harmonica and pedal steel, to get into the head of the teenage boy two-timing Swift’s obvious stand-in. “the 1” is just oiling you up for your own annihilation. That’s the kind of figure rarely seen in today’s streaming-dominated music industry, where only a few superstar acts can inspire fans to download a record or buy a piece of physical product. The emotional terrorism continues: “I’ve never been a natural, all I do is try, try, try, I’m still on that trapeze, I’m still trying everything to keep you looking at me, because I’m a mirrorball.” This was very hurtful to me, a mirrorball. It feels so young and playful, and it makes me smile every time I listen to it. Does she smile? Taylor's always had a focus on colors and nostalgia, and this song blends both. Britney Spears Is ‘Afraid of Her Father,’ Loses Bid to Remove Him As Conservator, The pop star is fighting back, saying she won’t perform “if her father is in charge of her career.”. The melody matches the lyrics: no one likes a mad woman. Welcome to our comprehensive gift guide for the 2020 holiday season. “hoax” is a song about heartbreak that rips your guts out, sort of like when you rip the guts out of a bear, clearing space in its body so you can sleep between its ribs because you’re trapped in an icy tundra without shelter. “exile” (feat. Honestly, a great question to ask in 2020. Some of Taylor's strongest songs are about regret and personal responsibility, and this is one of the best examples of that. More delightfully unexpected language from America’s one-time sweetheart, who asks the person (or people) witch-hunting the title character what they see when they envision her face: “Does she smile? ACAB, comrade!! The lyrics are strong, but it just doesn't feel like a full song. But in “Invisible String” she appears to turn back to her life (and its tabloid representation) for a very cleverly phrased account of the twists and turns that led her to meet her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn. Great vocal too, by turns whimsical and luscious. “cardigan” is not only the official sweater of bisexuality (they’re versatile) but the first of many queer-coded songs on folklore. “Hoax”, Another Swift hallmark that “Folklore” carries through is the contemplative slow-mo closer, represented here by this pretty if somewhat blah meditation on a painful belief in somebody’s “faithless love.”, One problem with maintaining a mood throughout an hour-long album (as Swift largely does on “Folklore”) is that it can all start to feel a bit samey toward the end, as in this dreamy-dreary Taylor Swift-meets-Sigur Rós-style jam. You’re better than all lowercase girls??? Videos you watch may … Alton Brown Apologizes for ‘Flippant’ Holocaust Tweet, The CMA Awards Are Already a Hot, COVID Mess. Here is our humble, preliminary opinion on the best songs on Taylor Swift’s Folklore-- all 16 tracks, plus the bonus track, “The Lakes.” 17.