michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — TAYLOR SWIFT

In album review on 10/28/2010 at 9:42 am

TAYLOR SWIFT

Speak Now

(Big Machine)

It was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift grew up. After two albums of near-perfect country-pop, Swift puts away her princess fantasies on Speak Now and trades them for big-girl dreams of domestic bliss, and the results are often as fun as a 10-year-old marriage. Now that she’s no longer a teen, Swift is beginning to see what the real world is like, and it’s not a very cheery one. In fact, it’s filled with unfaithful boyfriends, scheming women, and lots of mean people, and Swift doesn’t like them one bit. Thankfully she still loves big hooks, and there are plenty of them on Speak Now — especially in “Mine,” “Sparks Fly,” and “Long Live” — to get you through the rougher moments. When she glances at the past in “Back to December,” Swift shines as the starry-eyed dreamer she was just a couple of years ago. Getting old kinda sucks.

 

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