Song of the Day #4,424: ‘Betty’ – Taylor Swift

Concluding my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s folklore

#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.

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Song of the Day #4,421: ‘exile’ – Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s folklore

#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.

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Song of the Day #4,420: ‘the last great american dynasty’ – Taylor Swift

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to write more about folklore, the surprise new release from Taylor Swift. Well, this week I’ll keep my word by ranking the album’s 16 tracks in order of my preference.

First, let me say up front that folklore is among the best work Swift has ever released. It’s either #1 or #2 on my ranked list of her albums (last year’s Lover claimed the top spot when I published that ranking back in March).

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