A Metalhead Reviews “folklore” by Taylor Swift

Michael (a metalhead) reviews & reacts to the newest release by Taylor Swift, folklore. He is joined, as always, by Danielle (a pop fan) & Ty (the mediator – also metalhead – but also a TS fan).

Well, Taylor Swift surprised the world with the release of her newest effort, folklore. This was an album we knew we couldn’t ignore so we burned the midnight oil to get this out to you guys as soon as possible! This album drew strong inspiration from indie/folk music, which made it an interesting career choice for Taylor. Was she successful in pulling off this change in musical direction? I’m sure you’ve already made up your mind but listen to our episode to hear our thoughts on it. I will say that many have already labeled folklore as Taylor Swift‘s greatest album. Do you agree with this? Do we agree with this? Let us know your thoughts!

Of course, the main draw for this episode will be getting Michael’s review of it. Michael has been a strict metalhead for as long as I’ve known him. That’s not to say he doesn’t listen to rock music and some synthwave but metal music is definitely where he feels most at home. I think he does a great job giving an objective review while sprinkling in some of his own subjective opinions.

As always, here’s a look out our outline of talking points for the episode:

  • Introduction 
    • Taylor Swift – I mean, you know who she is. 
    • Surprised released her 8th studio album, Folklore, on 7/24
    • This has sort of been viewed as a return to roots or a change in artistic direction towards indie/folk – there has been comparisons to Red 
    • The album sold two million copies in its first week globally, 1.3 million of which were sold on its first day. In the United States, it moved more than 500,000 units within its first three days, marking the biggest debut week of 2020 in the country.
  • Production/TS history
  • Aesthetic 
  • Vocals/Instrumentation 
  • Lyrics/themes 
  • Album flow
  • Overall impression
    • Michael’s impression 
    • Danielle’s % rating and impression

Listen to us discuss all the talking points and more by checking out the full episode!

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Horns high,
Michael & Ty

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