Taylor Swift is undeniably one of the world’s biggest solo acts. Since her debut in 2006, the 30-year-old from Pennsylvania has bagged hundreds of music awards, sold millions of albums worldwide, played sold out shows everywhere across the globe, and inspired billions of people through her music and artistry. And 14 years into the business, the iconic pop star has never lost her touch once.
Just about a day ago, Taylor dropped an entire full-length album that counts as her 8th—no previews and no teasers at all—and this just seems to be the best and the sweetest surprise she could’ve given the world now that we’re living under such uncertain times.
But before we get to her newest record, let’s do a quick recap of her previous ones and their respective achievements just to put it out there that this icon’s awesome, she didn’t have to be this generous but she just is, and that we don’t make the rules. Taylor Swift simply rules.
At present, she has released eight studio albums, five extended plays, two live albums, one compilation album, and 74 singles. All helped cement her legacy in the history of music with record-breaking chart performances and massive sales certifications, made her a regular of year-end lists, and earned her Album of the Year awards and countless Artist of the Year titles from different prestigious award-giving bodies:
Released: October 24, 2006
Sales: 7,000,000 worldwide and 5,720,000 in the U.S.
Released: November 11, 2008
Sales: 13,109,000 worldwide and 7,180,000 in the U.S.
Released: October 25, 2010
Sales: 5,169,281 worldwide and 4,694,000 in the U.S.
Released: October 22, 2012
Sales: 6,949,000 worldwide and 4,465,000 in the U.S.
Released: October 27, 2014
Sales: 12,230,200 worldwide and 6,215,000 in the U.S.
Released: November 10, 2017
Sales: 4,971,000 worldwide and 2,230,000 in the U.S.
Released: August 23, 2019
Sales: 3,520,955 worldwide and 1,180,000 in the U.S.
8th Studio Album
In “Folklore” we hear a different side of Taylor Swift.
The full-length indie folk album composed of 16 tracks offers a comforting sound of melancholia, dreamy nostalgia, and even a dash of contemporary country in “Illicit Affairs”, “Invisible Strings”, and “Betty”.
Her team up with indie folk artist Bon Iver has got to be a favorite, because “Exile” is a stirring and an emotional new age ballad that holds you in its clutches and doesn’t let go until you reach the final second of the song.
“Seven” is a melodious treat with just the right amount of beat, soft singing, and soothing strings and percussion. And “August” is the most pop of all, the track that gives you a very Taylor Swift vibe, and that makes it an enchanting pop.
The album just dropped but we’re quite sure it’s now becoming a world favorite already.
What a pleasant surprise it was to suddenly have a full-length Taylor Swift album in the middle of all of these, and what an even more pleasant treat it is that the album is indie folk.
What’s your favorite from Folklore? Let us know in the comments below!