Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Taylor Swift- Speak Now

'These songs are made up of words I didn't say when the moment was right in front of me. These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person.'

Speak Now is the adequately named third album from singing sensation Taylor Swift and it sees an evolution of Taylor’s skill as a singer-songwriter. Critics say that Swift is undeserving of the accolades she’s received, she doesn’t have the strongest voice out there, but one cannot discredit her song writing skills, showcased on Speak Now.
Once again Swift is singing about life, love and boys although this time the songs come from personal experience rather than her fanciful ideas of love. Many public questions are answered on the album; ‘Innocent’ was inspired by the incident of the VMA’s last year. Taylor also offers an apology to ex Taylor Launter in ‘Back to December’, a beautifully constructed ballad. She slams John Mayer (who would have believed that!) in ‘Dear John’, using the electric blues style that John Mayer’s is the master of, to convey her message. Some have dubbed this her best song yet. ‘Better than revenge’ is a scathing attack on ‘an actress/ better known for what she does on the mattress.’ OUCH! ‘Mean’ sticks to her country roots while sticking it to all her critics out there but my personal favorite is ‘Never grow up’, an ode to mothers, daughters and the innocence of youth (have a listen below).
Speak Now is Swift growing up she experiments with different styles, rhythms and emotions. Some songs may not appear to be ‘Taylor’ made but it’s good to see her spreading her wings musically. What makes Taylor Swift such a sensation in the music world is the fact that she intelligently connects with her audience with open and honest lyrics making you feel like a friend rather than a fan. At twenty Taylor is just at the beginning of her career and it must be said that greater things are to come for this singing superstar. But for now Speak Now is out and it’s one album that is worth the hour of your time (yes it runs for an hour and four minutes) it takes to get through the collection of 14 songs.

Courtney :)


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