Taylor Swift

Speak Now (Universal)

For all the brouhaha about the subjects of Taylor Swift’s new album---John Mayer! Joe Jonas (still)! Kanye West!---not enough has been made of what a spectacular package of pop hooks Speak Now is. The first single, “Mine,” is a classic Swift love story, so catchy you may miss the deftness of a line like “You fell in love with a careless man’s careful daughter.” “Dear John,” the Mayer song, is a huge gamble for someone in the singles game; it’s slow as hell and nearly seven minutes long, swelling with guitar and strings, eliminating the fame elements so it’s like you were there when “the girl in the dress cried the whole way home.” It’s no accident that Swift calls back to her country roots on the LP’s only twanger, “Mean,” addressing her critics---the ones who wish she hadn’t crossed over, the ones “who say that I can’t sing.” Whatever studio help Swift may need, it’s beautifully deployed on Speak Now, whose last line is “We will be remembered,” and we must remember this girl has barely gotten started.

About The Author

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

The Coast Daily email newsletter is your extra dose of the city Monday through Friday. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Recent Comments