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.
#3. ‘invisible string’
One of the few songs on folklore written about Swift’s current relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, ‘invisible string’ is soul-soothing in its vision of romantic fate. It contains clever references to Swift’s previous work (“Bad was the blood of the song in the cab on your first trip to LA”) and the resolution she has found with former flames (“Now I send their babies presents”). She sounds thrillingly at peace.
#6. ‘this is me trying’
This, like a few other Jack Antonoff-produced folklore songs, has a pulsating bass line that reminds me of Joshua Tree U2. A very moody and effective bed for Swift’s yearning vocals and a song about romantic regret.
The album’s first single, and part of a trilogy about a teenage love triangle, ‘cardigan’ is one of several songs on folklore that would fit neatly on a Lana Del Rey album.
#12. mad woman
A trademark Taylor Swift kiss-off song — this one at least partially about the battle with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta over ownership of her early material — that works better than most because of the mood created by its minor-key piano line.