Speak Now by Taylor Swift

January 20, 2011
Speak Now is the third album Taylor Swift has produced, and I think her best yet. Taylor’s lyrics have always been heartfelt, and sung beautifully, but she outdoes herself this time. Speak Now offers a wide variety of songs, all of them not just fun to listen to and sung well, but full of profound lyrics.

What I love most about Taylor Swift is her versatility. She can sing love songs, breakup songs, fast songs, slow songs, happy songs and sad songs. And all of them are believable because she writes them herself, and they mean something to her. Each song on Speak Now is like a glimpse into Taylor’s life, all of them tell a story.

Mine, the first single off of her album, is about believing in love, and finding brilliant, true love, even when it’s difficult. It’s happy, it’s catchy, and her voice sounds beautiful. It’s all about love, something Taylor’s so good at, and has done before, yet Mine manages to be so different than anything Taylor’s written before.

Another stand out to me is her song Enchanted. Enchanted is like the best kind of fairytale. It’s slightly mysterious, it’s charming, and it’s… enchanting! It’s a classic love story, Taylor sings about a love that is all consuming, and makes you feel completely enthralled by it. Underneath the sweet lyrics, such as ‘This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go/ I’m wonder-struck, blushing all the way home’ and ‘All I can say is it was enchanting to meet you’ there’s shadows of doubt. Taylor sings ‘Please don’t be in love with someone else/ Please don’t have somebody waiting on you’. The hints of doubt only serve to make it a better song, and every time I finish listening to it, it makes me want to listen again.

Are love songs not your thing? No worries! Although Taylor does love to sing about love, she sings about plenty of other topics. Long Live recalls her experiences performing onstage with her band, and the thrills she gets from it. Never Grow Up is a bittersweet song about time, change, and growing up. Growing up is a topic I think lots of people are secretly, or in some cases not so secretly, afraid of. Growing up can be terrifying, because it’s the mysterious unknown.

However, I think my favorite songs on the album are her more angst-filled songs. Dear John describes her brief relationship with John Mayer, and the various ways he hurt her. When Taylor sings lines such as ‘You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain/And I lived in your chess game but you changed the rules every day’ you can tell by the emotion in her voice how deeply she’s hurt.

These are all great songs, but if I had to choose one favorite it would be Back To December. To me, it has it all. A beautiful melody, lyrics that are so perfect in every way, and the emotion in Taylor’s voice is just amazing. When she sings ‘So this is me swallowing my pride, standing in front of you saying I’m sorry for that night’ you can tell how much she means it, every single word.

In short, I love Taylor Swift, and I love Speak Now. Whether she’s singing about revenge, love, break ups, or the thrill of performing, she has a lot of talent.

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StarryNight101 said...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 11:16 am
No, not really. Even the ones which are love songs, or revenge songs are so different that it doesn't matter if they're slightly similar. For example, Enchanted and Mine, two of the most obvious love songs, are so different in their styles that it doesn't matter that they're both about love. And besides, there's always songs like Innocent, Never Grow Up and Long Live which aren't even remotely about love.
2200 said...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 10:02 am
I like how you say she sings about "plenty of other topics". That's a joke. Only two songs on the entire album are not love/hate songs. Doesn't that tell you something?
Beautifuleyes14 said...
Feb. 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm
Well written! Taylor is my favoite artist and i love speak now. Although i personally believe her first album is her best, Speak Now is a great album. Long Live, Enchanted, Mine and Haunted are my favorites. All have great emotion and are relatable! Great review :)
StarryNight101 replied...
Feb. 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Thank you! :) Those are all really great songs, it was hard for me to single out the ones I liked best. Her first album was also great, I think she keeps getting better as she goes along, but it's a close call.
katroxursox said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm
I agree completely! Taylor Swift is amazing, although I think my favorite on the album might be 'Long Live.' Some more songs like this would be good, so she doesn't have too many love songs piled up. It is definitely her best, I hope to see more like it!
StarryNight101 replied...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm
I agree that Long Live is an excellent song. I love love songs, but it's nice when she shows her versatility, too.
Heart_of_Fire This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm
I love Taylor Swift as well, and "Back to December" is an amazing song! :)
StarryNight101 replied...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Isn't it? I just love that song. I love all of her songs, but I think Back To December is one of her best.
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