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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Folklore’ is signature Swift but minimalist

Taylor Swift Taylor Swift dropped a bomb recently with the announcement and release of album “Folklore” on the same day. The set is a collection of 16 tracks penned by the 30-year old singer-songwriter and produced with long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner (of The National) in the first few months of lockdown. Critics have hailed it one of her best albums. Well, Swift has always been about the lyrics, and here and there an interesting line pops up and conjures an image and corresponding emotion. “I’m doing good/I’m on some new s**t” she sings on opener “The 1.” A simple piano motif shape the first few stanzas and I could almost swear that first chord is same as Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road.” Less is more as Swift conveys how life goes on after the one that got away, but there’s definitely a hint of regret there as she sings “But it would’ve been fun if it could’ve been me.” “Cardigan” is a sentimental, lo-fi sounding flashback about a loveable but two-timing rascal. “A friend to all is a friend to none /Chase two girls, lose the one,” she sings. ‘Folklore’ album art “The Last Great American Dynasty” is signature Swift. It’s a potent mix of country-tinged pop and drum machines as TS sings about 20th century American socialite Rebeka Harkness, and draws parallels to her own life put under a microscope. Easy fave “Exile” features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in a piano-decked ballad. Vernon sings in that low, Nick Cave-drone that is sweet contrast to Swift’s honeyed tones. Swift and Vernon sing from the perspective of two lovers who have realized that it won’t work. They take turns singing the regretful line, “I think I’ve seen this film before/And I didn’t like the ending.” “Mirrorball” glimmers with Swift’s radiant melodies as she intones “Hush, when no one is around my dear/You’ll find me on my tallest tiptoes/Spinning in my highest heels love/Shining just for you.” And there’s more: “August” (“Lost in the memory/August slipped away into a moment in time/‘Cause it was never mine”’), melancholy folk song “Seven” (“Your braid’s like a pattern/Love you to the Moon and to Saturn”), and a bit of hilarity in “Invisible String” (“Cold was the steel of my axe to grind for the boys who broke my heart/Now I send their babies presents”). Closing song “Hoax” sees Swift on piano with a spare string section just barely in the background. She sings, “Don’t want no other shade of blue but you/No other sadness in the world would do.” Compared to previous albums, “Folklore” is noticeably minimalist. The spotlight is on the singer and the songs. At this point in her career, Swift has become a master of weaving songs into little stories that resonate with our psyche and touch the soul. That might seem overly generous compliment to a legit mega celebrity who’s already received accolades to last her a lifetime. But that’s the thing: huge as she is, at her core, Swift is a songwriter who serves the song. And that dedication to her craft, her desire to be the best at it, not only for herself but for those who listen to her—you gotta respect her for that!.....»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phAug 2nd, 2020

Taylor Swift drops big surprises in Folklore

Harry Styles chose to drown with his waterboarded piano in the video for his hit song Falling from his solo album Fine Line. For her video for her new single Cardigan, Taylor Swift also plays on a piano, a magic one that later ends up submerged in water. But unlike ex-One Direction Styles, she clings on to the piano for dear life and returns to the real world. She does not drown......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

DOF seeks swift passage of 2021 budget, economic measures

The Department of Finance (DOF) has sought the swift enactment by Congress of the proposed national budget for next year along with the economic priority measures to rebuild the economy and decisively defeat coronavirus. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III ( MB FILE, Albert Garcia) During a briefing for the Senate finance committee, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the timely enactment of the P4.506 trillion 2021 national budget is a key component of the government’s comprehensive program under its economic bounce-back plan. On top of the budget, Dominguez also said that a “timely and decisive” passage of several economic priority measures are needed to accelerate economic recovery. The priority measures, now pending in Congress, include the Financial Institutions’ Strategic Transfer (FIST) Act, and the Government Financial Institutions’  Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery (GUIDE) bill. FIST allows banks to dispose of bad loans and non-performing assets through asset management companies, while GUIDE seeks to allow state-run banks to form a special holding company that will infuse equity, with strict conditions, into strategically important companies facing insolvency.  Likewise, the finance chief urged the Senate to pass the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE), which will  immediately lower the corporate income tax (CIT) rate from 30 percent to 25 percent. “The swift enactment of CREATE, FIST, GUIDE and the 2021 budget will serve to accelerate our economic recovery. We should not delay providing urgent and necessary relief to our people,” Dominguez said during the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) briefing. The DBCC is composed of the heads of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), DOF, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP); and a senior representative from the Office of the President (OP). “We are committed to working closely with you on the recovery measures so that these can be enacted in a timely, decisive, and responsible manner,” Dominguez told members of the panel chaired by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara. He said the Duterte administration will continue to work with the legislature in passing the remaining packages of the comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) that will, among others, institute reforms in property valuation and in the taxation of the financial sector. Dominguez said economic recovery also rests on sustaining President Duterte’s signature program “Build, Build, Build,” as sound infrastructure investments provide the largest multiplier effect on the economy in the form of more jobs creation,  increased consumption, and the generation of additional productive activities......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

'SanaAll: Taylor Swift napa-WOW sa cake na gawa ng Pinoy fan

  NAKARATING na sa award-winning American singer na si Taylor Swift ang viral cake na pinagpagurang gawin ng kanyang Filipino fan. Puring-puri ng international singer si John Paul Cledera na siyang nag-bake ng cake na may frosting na inspired sa singer-songwriter latest record na “Folklore.” Sa Twitter, ipinost ni John Paul ang regalo niya sa kanyang […] The post #SanaAll: Taylor Swift napa-WOW sa cake na gawa ng Pinoy fan appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Palace receives anti-terror bill, says Duterte to review measure

Malacañang on Tuesday received a copy of the anti-terrorism bill which is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a text message......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

Yeezy Walks: new album, film see Kanye West go holier than thou

NEW YORK, USA — Critically acclaimed rapper, award-winning producer, fashion designer, Donald Trump supporter, Kim Kardashian's husband — messiah? Kanye West is a man who wears many hats — including the Trump campaign's signature red MAGA cap — but in recent months, he has shed his myriad personas to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2019

Great Escape: US somehow gets past Turkey, 93-92 in OT

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — Khris Middleton’s two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime saved the United States from what would have been a shocking loss, and the two-time defending champion Americans somehow rallied to beat Turkey 93-92 in a World Cup Group E game on Tuesday night. Turkey went 0 for 4 from the foul line within a span of nine-tenths of a second, the last two misses coming from Cedi Osman with 8.2 seconds left. Middleton went to the rim on the ensuing possession, got fouled and made both shots. Turkey had a chance at the end, but Ersan Ilyasova’s jumper was off the mark and the Americans escaped. “It was a heck of a game,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “As we all know, it was anybody’s game. We will accept the win.” The Americans have now won 21 consecutive World Cup games, extending the record for any nation at FIBA’s signature event. The U.S. also extended its winning streak to 55 games in international tournaments with NBA players on the roster, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships. But it had to sweat this one out, all the way to the end. Middleton led the Americans with 15 points and Kemba Walker — who single-handedly erased a five-point U.S. deficit in overtime with a 3-pointer and another score sandwiched by his drawing an offensive foul — scored 14 in a game where Jayson Tatum had to make two of three free throws with one-tenth of a second left in regulation to save them. Tatum sprained his left ankle at the end of overtime, putting his status for at least the immediate future in doubt. Ilyasova led Turkey with 23 points. Melih Mahmutoglu had 18, Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 and Osman added 15 for Turkey. The win clinched a second-round berth for the U.S., but only after Osman and Dogus Balbay went 0 for 4 from the line with Turkey up by one in the final seconds of overtime. “It really hurts,” Korkmaz said. “I think it was in our hands — not their hands.” Ilyasova’s tip-in with 12.3 seconds remaining in regulation gave Turkey its first lead at 81-79. Turkey had gone 0 for 9 on shots to take the lead before Ilyasova’s swat bounced off the rim and dropped through the net. The U.S. went for the win on the ensuing possession, first with Middleton missing a 3-pointer and then the ball finding Tatum as the last seconds ticked away. He got fouled by Osman as he took a 3-point attempt from the top of the key; the scoreboard showed no time left, but officials put one-tenth of a second on after review. He made the first. The second rimmed out. The third, with the game on the line, rattled home. Turkey had a chance on the final play of regulation, but a lob to the rim got knocked away easily, sending the game to OT. The U.S. ran out to a quick 10-2 lead and never trailed in the half, though it was far too close for the Americans’ comfort. It was 26-21 after the first quarter, though it seemed like the Americans had control again when they led 41-26 with 5:33 left in the half. That’s when Turkey got a spark — by a guard born in Gainesville, Florida. Scottie Wilbekin, who played four years of college ball for Florida and got his Turkish passport last year, fueled a 12-0 run that awoke the pro-Turkey crowd of 18,000 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. He got it going with a 3-pointer, fed Ilyasova for another 3 not long afterward and converted a four-point play with 3:12 left in the half. And it stayed tight the rest of the way — until they could finally exhale. “It means a lot. It means a lot, man,” Walker said. TIP-INS U.S.: Jason Williams, the point guard on Miami’s 2006 NBA title team, was in the stands. ... Tatum, Myles Turner and Joe Harris each finished with 11 for the Americans. Turkey: The loss dropped Turkey to 21-8 in its last 29 World Cup games. ... Wilbekin had gone up against some U.S. players before — in college at Florida he played against Harris (Virginia) and Middleton (Texas A&M), and in the 2015 NBA preseason for Philadelphia he faced Harris (then with Cleveland) and Brook Lopez (then with Brooklyn). THE SERIES The U.S. is now 3-0 against Turkey, after matchups in each of the last three World Cups. The Americans endured a raucous home crowd to beat Turkey 81-64 in the gold-medal game of the world championships at Istanbul in 2010, then rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to beat Turkey 98-77 in the second game of the 2014 World Cup. LIN APPEARS Jeremy Lin, who signed last month with the Beijing Ducks to continue his career after playing for eight NBA teams in a span of nine seasons, was at the game. Lin is best remembered for the “Linsanity” stint with the New York Knicks that vaulted him to temporary stardom, as well as getting an NBA title last season with the Toronto Raptors. UP NEXT U.S.: Faces Japan on Thursday in Shanghai. Turkey: Faces the Czech Republic on Thursday in Shanghai......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

Taylor Swift celebrates love in all its chaos with new album Lover

NEW YORK, USA – Taylor Swift's highly anticipated 7th album has arrived in all its lovestruck, honeyed glory – a clear shift from the vengeful goth lite of her previous record. But the 18-track Lover is not just an ode to matters of the heart – it's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2019

LeBron s signature shoe gets Filipino touch anew

Inspired by Filipino folklore, the latest LeBron 16 Low x Titan "Agimat" is a showcase of James' evolution from a Warrior to a King. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Taylor Swift announces new album Lover

MANILA, Philippines – After over a month of fan speculation and teasers, Taylor Swift announced on Friday, June 14, that her 7th album will be called Lover. Taylor, a singer and songwriter, made the announcement on her social media pages. She had earlier released one song from the album "Me!" ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Taylor Swift marks her debut album’s 10th anniversary

Swift took to Instagram to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of her eponymous debut album by sharing a photo of her younger self fiddling a guitar in a studio......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 25th, 2016

Beyonce dominates MTV video nominations, Taylor Swift shut out

NEW YORK - Beyonce's critically-praised visual album "Lemonade" on Tuesday earned the R&B singer a career-best 11 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, in a list that included multiple nods for Adele and rapper Kanye West but nothing for Taylor Swif.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJul 27th, 2016

Romualdez: Amnesty for rebels

House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Sunday assured the swift adoption of four concurrent resolutions granting amnesty to members of four rebel groups in support of President Rodrigo Duterte and the country’s peace and stability......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 8th, 2021

House backs Duterte’s amnesty grant to rebels

The House of Representatives leadership, under Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, gave assurance yesterday of the swift adoption of four resolutions granting amnesty to four rebel groups, in support of President Duterte and the country’s peace and stability......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2021

Anti-coup protests continue in Myanmar as UN urged to hear pleas

Anti-coup demonstrators took to the streets of Myanmar Saturday, a day after a United Nations envoy urged the Security Council to hear the nation's "desperate pleas" and take swift action to restore democracy......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

A song for challenging times

Award-winning singer-songwriter Dean Lewis returns with his brand-new single “Falling Up,” the lead single from his hotly anticipated second album. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

MMDA eyes review of quarantine rules

Quarantine policies in the National Capital Region are to be reviewed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority as the 12-day spike in COVID-19 cases filled quarantine facilities to 89 percent capacity yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

Nicole Scherzinger ng The Pussycat Dolls proud Reginian

INAMIN ng international singer na si Nicole Scherzinger ng The Pussycat Dolls na fan siya ni Regine Velasquez. Ang pag-amin ay kasunod ng pagkakapili sa kanya ng Filipino-American producer na si Troy Laureta para mag-record ng Pangako ni Regine para sa Kaibigan album. Ibinalita ni Troy nan a-in-love ang mag-asawang Regine at Ogie Alcasid sa version niya ng Pangako. At […] The post Nicole Scherzinger ng The Pussycat Dolls proud Reginian appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

PH sports Hall of Fame awardees finalized soon

The Philippine Sports Commission is one step closer to naming the fourth batch of enshrinees for the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame when the review committee meets the selection committee Friday to present their shortlist......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

Nicole Scherzinger ng Pussycat Dolls proud Reginian: I have so much love and respect for her

“REGINIAN” din pala ang international singer na si Nicole Scherzinger ng The Pussycat Dolls. Yan ang inamin ni Nicole na siyang napiling mag-record ng isa sa mga hit songs ni Regine Velasquez na “Pangako” para sa “Kaibigan” album ng Filipino-American producer na si Troy Laureta. Ayon kay Nicole, mahilig din daw siya sa mga ballads kaya […] The post Nicole Scherzinger ng Pussycat Dolls proud Reginian: I have so much love and respect for her appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

Lacking submission to FDA delays review of Sinopharm COVID-19 jab

The application of Southmed Pharma, which seeks to be Sinopharm's distributor in the Philippines, lacked documents such as clinical trial results and certificate of good manufacturing practice, FDA Director General Eric Domingo said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021