Taylor Swift: Speak Now
Country pop princess reveals her latest glittery presentation, using leftovers from “You Belong With Me”
When “Mine” was released earlier this year, Taylor Swift pointed to some hefty changes to her performance. It wasn’t a drastic makeover, but the beefy country rock-pop selection showcased some maturity in her voice and a little more confidence than what Fearless revealed. “Speak Now” uses less of the grown-up strength of “Mine” and borrows more from “You Belong With Me.” It’s more playfully and melodically fit for her still-youthful following, from its springtime imagery (“I sneak in and see your friends and her snotty little family all dressed in pastel/And she is getting out a brides’ maid somewhere back inside her room wearing a gown shaped like a pastry”) down to its sing-a-long chorus. Ironically, the subject of marriage isn’t all that high school-friendly, even if Swift makes it sound that way. But even if Swift wants to be the one to be the party crasher at a wedding, she creates a song in such a way that doesn’t make her feel entirely like a bad girl.
J MATTHEW COBB
TAYLOR SWIFT – SPEAK NOW