Taylor Swift Arrives on Time

The artist’s singularly inconsistent evolution reaches a muted zenith with Folklore.

I remember the first time I heard “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” I was in my Hyundai Sonata, rolling through the H.E.B. parking lot, in 2012, back before I wrote things about music and before I even made music. The song came on the radio; I said, “this is a good song…