Taylor Swift's 'Evermore' Collaborators Sing Her Praises: 'Like Dancing With Gene Kelly'

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift

It's one thing for Swifties to be scraping their jaws up off the ground after listening to Taylor Swift's second surprise album of 2020 all night. But it's a whole different experience reading the effusive praise from Swift's Evermore collaborators about the joy of recording the songs on the album.

"Singing a song with @taylorswift13 is like dancing with Gene Kelly," tweeted The National singer Matt Berninger, who along with the rest of his band appears on the slow-bubbling acoustic track "Coney Island." (The album was also co-produced by Berninger's bandmate, Aaron Dessner.) "She made me look good and didn't drop me once. 'coney island' is an incredibly beautiful song she and @aaron_dessner wrote together. It really made me miss Brooklyn. Such a blast being a part of evermore."

In a statement, Dessner, who produced 16 of the album's 17 tracks and co-wrote 13, said, "I hope you enjoy the songs of Evermore as much as I do. These songs are wilder and freer, in strange time signatures and darker hues, but very much a continuation of what we started with Folklore. I can't say enough about working with Taylor and the way she inspires simply by her incredible songcraft, kindness and positivity. It’s truly been the experience of a lifetime.”

Dessner also played on 16 of the tracks, adding guitars, banjo, mandolin, keyboards, synthesizers, piano, drums, drum machine programming and more. His twin brother and National bandmate composer Bryce Dessner contributed orchestral arrangements for 11 tracks and the two two bonus tracks, and co-wrote and produced "Coney Island."

Bryce Dessner was similarly excited to be pulled into Swift's orbit, tweeting, "Very Proud to have orchestrated this new album by @taylorswift13 and co-written ‘Coney Island’ that features my band @TheNational. Evermore was produced and co-written by my brother @aaron_dessner and @jackantonoff and is a beautiful sister album to Folklore."

And Antonoff, who has become one of Swift's go-to producers and collaborators over the past few years said, "Some things in life get old. making work with @taylorswift13 never does."

Check out their statements, and a hilarious call-out from Haim -- who appear on the instant fan favorite "No Body, No Crime" -- below.