Taylor Swift's highly-anticipated third studio album will be released on October 27.
Aptly titled, 'Speak Now', the new album contains 14 tracks, all written solely by Taylor. The young star also co-produced the project with Nathan Chapman, and the first single from the new record is 'Mine' - an instant add to radio across the board.
Taylor says of 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."
Taylor Swift is a Four-time Grammy award winner and the top-selling digital artist in music history. She had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in both 2009 and 2008 in the US. This year, at the age of 20, she became the youngest artist in history, and the first female solo country artist ever, to win the music industry's highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Taylor has more than 7.4 million Facebook friends, more than 3.6 million followers on her Twitter account, and has had more than 273.8 million music plays on her MySpace page.
Tracks: 1.Mine 2.Sparks Fly 3.Back To December 4.Speak Now 5.Dear John 6.Mean 7.The Story Of Us 8.Never Grow Up 9.Enchanted 10.Better Than Revenge 11.Innocent 12.Haunted 13.Last Kiss 14.Long Live
BONUS TRACKS (deluxe only): 15.Ours 16.If This Was A Movie 17.Superman 18.Back to December (acoustic) 19.Haunted (Acoustic) 20.Mine (US Version) 21.Back To December (US Version) 22.The Story Of Us (US Version)
DVD FOOTAGE: 23.Behind The Scenes' of the Mine Music Video (30 minute film) 24.Mine (Music Video)
'Speak Now' (2010) is probably Taylor Swift's most ecclectic, most adventurous music affort in the 5 years which we have grown to know this Country music starlet.
The array of music stylings go from country, to pop, to rock, to folk-sounding tunes which were all written by Miss Swift herself.
If you aren't a big country music fan, this CD is definately for you. There's the soulful and heartfelt apology called "Back To December", which was written about Twilight star Taylor Lautner, which is a stand-out track on the album.
Then there's songs like "Better Than Revenge", where Taylor digs in to some girl who stole her man (watch out!!!)
However, the most "country" sounding song on the album is definately the anthemic "Mean", in which Taylor puts her critics in her place while playing the banjo and claiming one day she will be on top and they'll still be nobodies!
Comparing Speak Now to Taylor's previous releases 'Taylor Swift' (2006) and Fearless (2008), it seems that this is Taylor's experimental album. Songs like 'Haunted' sound like they could belong on a Paramore album; whereas songs like Enchanted could easily be mistaken as a song by Selena Gomez.
This Deluxe Edition of Speak Now includes some brilliant bonus tracks: Ours, If This Was A Movie and Superman are actually better than some of the tracks on the regular release. Then there are the bonus acoustic versions of songs such as Story Of Us.
In all, Story Of Us is a very different, mesh of music from Taylor Swift. But she manages to stay true to herself with songs about boys, love, life and friendship all making up a lovely release.
To compare it to her other albums would be misleading as it is such a different mix of tracks.
STAND OUT TRACKS:
Sparks Fly (#2)
Back To December (#3)
Last Kiss (#13)
**Definately a must-have for any Taylor Swift fans!**
With "Speak Now" Taylor Swift ups the singer/songwriter aspect of her art and turns down the radio-ready emphasis a notch. It is a little less calculated and a little more comfortable than her last two, especially 2008's non-stop hit factory "Fearless."
It is also less focused and tight, but since this is Swift's debut effort without any co-writers, her melodies and lyrics composed independently, this was inevitable. The result is akin to comfort food - unpretentious, honest and warm. She has the natural talent and flair for catchy song craft to make a less precious recording - which "Speak Now" certainly is - work especially well.
Because Swift was clearly given more leeway to do as she pleases both her strengths and excesses are more prominently on display than previously. A few of her melodies sound simple and similar to one another, and she is often bursting with lyrics, with every other tune or so a bit overwritten. However, this is also one of the strengths of "Speak Now." It shows that Swift is the real deal - an artist from whom strong songs flow naturally.
Much has been made of the men whom Swift has written songs about, and that transparency shows her age, but "Speak Now" proves she does not need the controversy to validate the music. From the inventive, shrewd, near power-pop of "The Story of Us" and "Enchanted" to the elegant, apologetic "Back to December," these songs stand on their own.
Accents of country remain, but Swift is transitioning into pop/rock territory, and she cannot be blamed for it - at 20, she is, in spite of her major success, still finding her voice. "Mean" with its cheeky, smartly executed humor, is the only outright country tune.
"Someday I'll be living in a big old city and all you're ever gonna be is mean," she forecasts.
This cd is amazing! I brought this cd not really being a huge taylor Swift fan and came out her biggest ever. The songs on here are just amazing lyrics wise Dear John which was writen for her relationship with John Mayer and Back To December for her relationship with Taylor Luntner. Innocent and Enchanted are mellow but beautiful tracks and Never Grow Up is the anthem for any adult who looks back at a child and says 'Wish I'd never grown up' Even if your not a huge Taylor Swift fan I can say this album will blow you away!
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