Taylor Swift's Isolation And Artistry Fuel 'Folklore' : Pop Culture Happy Hour Taylor Swift was supposed to spend this summer touring with songs from Lover, an album she'd put out last August. Instead, she wound up cooped up at home. The isolation sparked her creativity, leading her to write and record an entire new record in collaboration with producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner of The National. It's called Folklore, and it's a massive left turn in terms of style and subject matter. And it's already earned Taylor Swift some of the best reviews of her career.
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Taylor Swift's Isolation And Artistry Fuel 'Folklore'

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Taylor Swift's Isolation And Artistry Fuel 'Folklore'

Taylor Swift's Isolation And Artistry Fuel 'Folklore'

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Taylor Swift surprised fans with her eighth studio album, Folklore, released on July 24. Beth Garrabrant/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Swift surprised fans with her eighth studio album, Folklore, released on July 24.

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Taylor Swift was supposed to spend this summer touring with songs from Lover, an album she'd put out last August. Instead, she wound up cooped up at home. The isolation sparked her creativity, leading her to write and record an entire new record in collaboration with producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner of The National. The album was announced less than 24 hours before its release on Friday. It's called Folklore, and it's a massive left turn in terms of style and subject matter. And it's already earned Taylor Swift some of the best reviews of her career.

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