Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Taylor Swift: Speak Now

"In case you've been wondering whence Taylor Swift draws inspiration for her material, she clears that question right up in the liner notes of her new album, 'Speak Now.' 'These songs are made up of words I didn't say when the moment was right in front of me,' the 20-year-old singer writes. Indeed, there's little opacity here -- what you see in these 14 tunes is what you get. Well, almost. Swift, one of the top-selling artists of the past few years, addresses former loves, chronic underminers and Kanye West. But there are also deeper messages hidden literally within some of the songs: letters capitalized seemingly at random in the lyric booklet spell out postscripts of a sort. ... 'Dear John' ... has been widely perceived as referring to what may have been a brief, apparently regrettable fling with John Mayer. Over gentle, crying guitar licks, Swift sings with the hurt disappointment of someone who feels as though her optimism and naiveté were taken advantage of" (Eric R. Danton, "CD Review," Sound Check, 10/26/10).
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