Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is presently the No. 1 album within the nation, incomes the third-biggest weekly complete for any LP in 4 years. (Solely Swift’s earlier two albums had increased numbers.) It marks a brand new strategy for the singer and songwriter: introduced on quick discover, made in relative isolation, experimenting with avant-pop manufacturing types.
On this week’s Popcast, a roundup of questions on Swift and “Folklore” from Popcast listeners. Subjects embrace: the sonic and thematic leaps between Swift’s albums, Swift’s work with Bon Iver, Swift’s push-and-pull relationship with nation music, the state of her ongoing collaboration with Jack Antonoff, how essential (or not) style is in relation to “Folklore,” the parallels between Swift’s selections and comparable ones from the Chicks and Justin Timberlake, and extra.
Lauren Michele Jackson, an assistant professor of English at Northwestern College
Lindsay Zoladz, who writes about music for The New York Instances and others