Taylor Swift Says 1 Feeling Differentiates Her Surprise 2020 Albums ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released two surprise albums in 2020. After Folklore, which saw her go in a different direction than previous records, she continued to work with The National’s Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, on Evermore. Despite their similarities, Swift felt differently about the latter upon completion.

Taylor Swift released ‘Folklore’ in July 2020

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen,” Swift tweeted on July 23, 2020. “Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my 8th studio album, folklore; an entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into,” she continued.

Folklore and its lead single, “Cardigan,” dropped on July 24. Both debuted at the top of their respective charts (the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Hot 100), a first in the music industry. Months later, Swift earned multiple 2021 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for Folklore.

Her second album of the year, ‘Evermore,’ followed

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Just when it seemed like Swift might be done for the year, she returned with another surprise. “I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern,” she tweeted on December 10, 2020. “It’s called evermore.”

“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” Swift wrote ahead of its release. “To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.”

Swift confirmed there’s not another album in the works

Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.
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After Evermore’s release, a theory emerged. Many Swifties believed that a third album was in the works. This idea was substantiated by Folklore cover with the word “Woodvale” hidden (believed to be the title of the next record), the colors of some of Swift’s merchandise, and a few other loose ends.

But when the eponymous host of Jimmy Kimmel Live asked Swift about this theory, she denied it — sort of. She explained that the Woodvale thing was “a mistake” made while trying to keep Folklore a secret. “Jimmy, I’m so tired,” Swift said of working on another album. “I’m so exhausted. I’ve tired myself out. I have nothing left!”

There was a ‘quiet conclusion’ to ‘Evermore’

Swift explained that she is actually done this time. “I feel differently today than I felt the day after releasing Folklore,” she told Zane Lowe for Apple Music. “Because even the day after releasing Folklore, Aaron [Dessner] and I were still bouncing ideas back and forth. And we just knew we were going to keep writing music.”

“When I put out Folklore, I just remember feeling so proud and happy but still like, foot on the gas, like ‘Let’s keep going. This is fun. I’m not finished with this,'” Swift continued. “With this one, I have this feeling of sort of quiet conclusion and sort of this weird serenity of like, we did what we set out to do, and we’re all really proud of it.”