Swift called the second album, Evermore, a “sister record” to the earlier Folklore, prompting fans to match “sister songs” on the albums. Track 13 on one is about Swift’s grandfather, while track 13 on the other is about her grandmother. The video for ‘Willow’ picks up where ‘Cardigan’s video left off. Both albums feature duets with Bon Iver. And so on.
And now, concluding my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s Evermore…
This song is very reminiscent of ‘Invisible String,’ one of my favorite tracks on Folklore. I love the banjo and the chorus, both of which sound like classic Taylor. Swift plays the cheating wife in this song and sells the “illicit affair” with subtlety and mystery.
#6. ‘Cowboy Like Me’
Marcus Mumford provides very effective backing vocals on this old-school country ballad. This is the most I want to hear any man’s voice on a Taylor Swift song! A yarn about two con artists who fall in love, this is a beautiful, sadly seductive character sketch.
#9. ‘Champagne Problems’
I really like the melody of these verses, and the piano work on this song is sublime. The bridge is very familiar (especially the “one for the money, two for the show” part). I’m not sure if it sounds like a specific Taylor Swift song or just shares a general sound and style.
The song least like everything else on Folklore and Evermore, for better and worse. The track has very interesting production, with percussion closer to Nine Inch Nails territory that anything I’ve ever heard on a Taylor Swift record. A little of that goes a long way on this song, though, and it overstays its welcome and becomes a distraction.