REVIEW: Taylor Swift
Lately, I've been in a Rascal Flatts-Dave Matthews Band mood when it comes to music, and Taylor Swift's self-titled album fit right in. She sings what I like to call "fresh country" -- she has the typical heartbreaking boys in pickup trucks but with a contemporary vibe that forces you to turn up the volume.
The 16-year-old truly has a way with words. She's been a songwriter since an early age and was signed to write in Nashville at the age of 14. Although she sings about standard subjects, such as self-esteem, heartbreak, sneaking out and falling in love, the lyrics are written with a boldness and a creative twist that gives them an appreciated authenticity. The last song on the album, "Our Song," talks about a young couple who say they don't have a song but soon realize that they are living it.
"Our song is the way you laugh.
The first date 'man, I didn't kiss her and I should have' and when I got home before I said amen asking God if he could play it again."
Swift's music is what you blare with the windows down while driving into town. It's the music that should play in every girl's car so they know that everything is going to be all right.
The only bad thing about the album is that it can make you feel a bit lazy.
In addition to all else, Swift plays guitar on the album, showcasing yet another talent conquered at such a young age. At 16, this girl is writing music, releasing an album, playing shows, playing guitar and I'm just hanging out.
Though a bit jealous of such a successful young girl, I must declare that Swift's self-titled album is an 11-hit wonder that is a necessity to the life of any teen.
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