Taylor Swift’s New Album, folklore, Isn’t Out Yet, but There’s Already 1 Huge Critique

Taylor Swift sent shockwaves through the music world when she surprised fans with the announcement of her eighth studio album, folklore. As the 30-year-old singer/songwriter is known for meticulous planning, fans were shocked to learn that she planned to release her latest album less than 24 hours after she made the announcement. Not much is known about the album just yet. But, Swift is already garnering criticism for one main reason.

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Taylor Swift announces her new album, folklore

Today, July 23, 2020, Swift broke her social media silence to announce folklore. Sharing that lots of her plans had been waylaid by the pandemic, she told fans she’d be giving them new music to experience. “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. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into,” Swift began.

In addition to new songs, fans are also getting a new music video for ‘cardigan’

Swift later released the tracklist for folklore, letting fans know that there would be 16 news songs to experience plus an additional bonus track on the deluxe edition. But the surprises didn’t stop there. The “All Too Well” singer also shared that she would be releasing a music video for her new song “cardigan” at midnight tonight also. Swift also shared that though she wrote folklore in quarantine, she also had the opportunity to collaborate with other artists on the album.

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“I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low,” Swift shared.

Critics wish Swift had collaborated with more women for her new album

While Swifties can’t wait for midnight to come, critics are expressing some concerns about the album. Many of them have expressed disappointment that Swift has not collaborated with more women for folklore. “Does she ever collaborate with women,” one person questioned on Oh No They Didn’t. “I’ll give it a listen. I wish she would work more with women writers and producers. I know she’s always worked with Jack but she needs to branch out,” another person shared, noting Swift’s relationship with Antonoff.

“I don’t know if I’m just in my Speak Now feelings but like, when is she going to let the men go? She goes on and on about women equality, yet *checks notes* barely works with them,” another person shared. Fans of Swift were quick to note that she has worked with a few women creatives in the past but acknowledged that she could certainly do better.

What women has Swift worked with prior to folklore?

“The Chicks, Imogen Heap, Colbie Caillat are the only female artists that have features on one of her songs. She’s worked with Liz Rose as a co-writer on three albums, the last being Red. St Vincent co-wrote Cruel Summer and Lauren Sisk has been a sound engineer on her last four albums. So yeah she could do a lot better. This, unfortunately, is a problem with the music industry as a whole, but someone with her power and influence should definitely use it to uplift more women in the industry,” a fan chimed in. While it’s true that we’d love to see Swift collab with more women in the future, that’s not going to stop her loyal fans from listening to (and loving) folklore.