Sunday, November 07, 2010
TAYLOR SPEAKS OUT
1. Mine-This radio single speaks of a playful innocence: "Do you remember we were sitting there by the water?/You put your arm around me for the first time/You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter/You are the best thing that's ever been mine." The words flow freely off of Swift's tongue.
2. Sparks Fly-This song is joyful and about falling helplessly in love: "The way you move is like a full-on rainstorm/And I'm a house of cards/You're the kind of reckless that should/Send me running but/I kinda know that I won't get far."
3. Back to December-This is a ballad about regret: "So this is me swallowing my pride/Standing in front of you saying I'm sorry for that night." A good vocal.
4. Speak Now-This song takes place in a dream, and is similar in theme to 'You Belong with me' from her last album. Vocally, Swift sounds like Leigh Nash on this one: "I lose myself in a daydream where I stand and say/Don't say yes, run away now/I'll meet you when you're out of the church at the back door." A playful song.
5. Dear John-This sounds like Avril Lavigne gone country. It's about an unpredictable, unstable love interest. You can hear the ache in her voice.
6. Mean-This has a more traditional country feel to it. It looks to the day when she will make something of herself in the city despite naysayers.
7. The Story of Us-This is new country, and Swift uses her speaking voice on it a bit, to good effect. It's about the breakdown of a relationship: "Now I'm standing alone in a crowded room/And we're not speaking/And I'm dying to know is it killing you like it's killing me?/I don't know what to say since the twist of fate when it all broke down."
8. Never Grow Up-This one's done in a folk vein. It encourages young girls and teens to cherish their youth and their parents. It would fit nicely on Christian radio.
9. Enchanted-This song starts stripped down and then builds. It's about being infatuated and hoping that person isn't already taken.
10. Better than Revenge-I can see the crowds jumping up and down to this one. It begins with Swift humorously saying: "Now go stand in the corner and think about what you did." It's about a girl who steals other girls' guys: "She's not a saint, and she's not what you think/She's an actress, whoa/But she's better known for the things that she does on the mattress/Whoa/Soon she's gonna find stealing other people's toys on the playground won't make you many friends."
11. Innocent-This one is pretty and is encouraging to those who feel they've really messed up: "32 and still growing up now/Who you are is not what you did/You're still an innocent/Time turns flames to embers/You'll have new Septembers."
12. Haunted-This song has Swift throwing her voice a la Alanis Morissette somewhat.
13. Last Kiss-Is a ballad about when a relationship ends and one of the partners can't come to grips with it: "So I'll go sit on the floor wearing your clothes/All that I know is I don't know how to be something you miss/I never thought we'd have a last kiss."
14. Long live-Sees love set on a royal landscape and uses language like 'kings', 'queens', and 'kingdoms'. Sounds like a song of victory and puts me in mind of the Narnia movies and First Knight.
SPEAK NOW is a stellar work of art. A must have for your collection!