Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Taylor Swift - Speak Now

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When Kanye West bum-rushed Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, the world rallied around Swift not because Kanye was a "jackass," as President Obama so succinctly summarized, but because the singer/songwriter conveyed the fragility of adolescence on her 2008 breakthrough, Fearless, so successfully that she inspired instinctive protectiveness even among those who never spent much time with the record. Not timid or a tart, Swift seemed like a genuine girl on Fearless, perhaps treating her songs a little too much like diaries, but that only made them more affecting. If anything, Swift ramps up the confessions on her 2010 sequel, Speak Now, but circumstances have changed: few listeners, if any, would have a clue about the identity of the boy who belongs with Taylor, but now that she's a superstar, anybody with a passing familiarity with pop culture can discern which songs are about Kanye, Taylor Lautner (her ex), or Camilla Belle (the actress girl who stole Joe Jonas out from under our heroine). Not that Swift takes great pains to disguise who she's writing about -- not when she's writing "Dear John," an elegant evisceration of lecherous lothario John Mayer. Such gossip mongering is titillating but fleeting, suggesting that the charms of Speak Now are insubstantial, but Swift's gift is that she sets the troubled mind of an awkward age in stone. She writes from the perspective of the moment yet has the skill of a songwriter beyond her years, articulating contradictions and confessions with keen detail and strong melody. Tellingly, underneath all her girlishness -- and Taylor makes no apologies for being girly as she baits mean girls, dreamily thinks of stolen kisses on a sidewalk, or fantasizes about stealing away her ex-lover at the altar -- there's a steely strength. She walks away proudly from breakups and never dwells on mistakes; she moves forward. The same could be said about the sound of Speak Now itself, which is no great progression from Fearless but rather a subtle shift toward pure pop with the country accents, such as the Dixie Chicks foundation of "Mean," used as flavoring. But that blend of pop and country, while certainly radio-friendly, is nearly as distinctive to Taylor Swift as her songwriting voice. She may be not a girl, and not yet a woman, but on Speak Now she captures that transition with a personal grace and skill that few singer/songwriters have. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Artist(s)
Taylor Swift
Edited
No
Format
CD
Label
Universal
Number of discs
1
Track list
Mine, Sparks Fly, Back To December, Speak Now, Dear John, Mean, Story Of Us, Never Grow Up, Enchanted, Better Than Revenge, Innocent, Haunted, Last Kiss, Long Live
Brand
Anderson Merchandisers
Product Identifiers
Walmart Item #
30466128, 30574538
SKU
10173855
UPC
84393000397

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Taylor Swift - Speak Now is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 48.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This whole CD is beautiful, the songs ranging from sassy, 'Speak Now', to apologetic, 'Back to December', to catty, 'Better Than Revenge'. One of my personal favorites has to be the lullaby-like 'Never Grow Up' with the lyrics, "Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room/ Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home/Remember the footsteps, remember the words said/And all your little brother's favorite songs/I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone." For someone my age, this song speaks strongly of the transition from teen to adult. Another favorite has to be the simple, bittersweet track, 'Last Kiss', with the lines, "All that I know is I don't know/How to be something you miss...". The interesting thing about the track is that it is the 2nd track about Joe Jonas and even though I don't follow gossip, the past song, 'Forever and Always, with its sarcasm and anger, shows you how she has matured. She sees the relationship so different in this song that it breaks my heart to know it is about a REAL couple, with a kiss she never knew would be the last one. Lastly is a song called 'The Story of Us' about Taylor seeing an ex at an award show. The great thing about this song is a different pop/rock sound, which shows once again she is genre-less, also I love that the idea of awkwardly being around an ex is universal, we've all been there. She writes, "How'd we end up this way/See me nervously pulling at my clothes and trying to look busy/And you're doing your best to avoid me/I'm starting to think one day I'll tell the story of us/How I was losing my mind when I saw you here/ But you held your pride like you should've held me." Taylor still writes in a way that 10-20-40-100 year olds can all connect and love. She has met and surpassed my expectations and I was very glad Wal-Mart has this for a great price.
Date published: 2010-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought it for my 5 and 7 year girls and they love it! I don't have to worry about the lyrics. Great CD!
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a wonderful album I love taylor swift, her music is just wonderful and amazing. I wish I could meet her in person one day. great song writer, great musician, and overall a great person!! this album is awesome!!
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Best collection of music I have heard in awhile!
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Taylor Swift This was purchased as a gift and has been a great hit. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Expectations Taylor Swift has blow me away again. Her first two CD's were appropriate for her age and fan group. This CD is so much deeper than her previous and really proves Taylor is growing up! Love every song! Props T.Swift <3
Date published: 2010-11-03
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