Speak Now

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Teen country queen grows up but still keeps it clean.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 86 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Most of the messages are refreshingly introspective, exploring the ups and downs of friendships, romantic relationships, and other aspects of growing up. For instance, "All that I know is I don't know how to be something you miss."

Positive Role Models & Representations

As she leaves her teens behind, Swift sings about topics and feelings that are relevant to young adults, yet without a lot of references to sex, substance use, or other mature content.

Violence
Sex

Some suggestive lyrics. For example, "She's not a saint and she's not what you think / She's an actress, Whoa / She's better known for the things that she does on the mattress."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Taylor Swift's second album, Speak Now, is decidedly more mature than her debut record, Fearless -- including deeper, more thoughtful lyrics about relationships of all kinds, as well as a few more references to sexual intimacy. That said, the CD is still free of profanity and explicit sex, making it an age-appropriate choice for older tweens and young teens.

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Parent Written byMomma K. June 27, 2017

Clean album with no explicit lyrics or sex

Taylor Swift Speak Now is an excellent album for tweens and teens,it's great for introducing kids to country music, but the songs are still very pop. The b... Continue reading
Adult Written byNathan D. July 13, 2014

Taylor Swift told her fans to Speak Now and buy ths CD

Taylor Swift aka the sweetheart of Country Music does it again and the CD is age approved once again but this time and yes there is couple lines on this CD but... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySneek November 8, 2019

Taylor Swift

Taylor swift is amazing singer and great person she loves her fans. Her songs are 6 and up she doesn’t swear at all.
Kid, 12 years old November 13, 2015

FAVORITE ALBUM

I love Speak Now. Speak Now is magical. I went to this concert. It was amazing. I felt like I was in a fairytale. Not only are the vocals amazing, but it makes... Continue reading

What's the story?

SPEAK NOW is the sophomore album from wildly popular young country star Taylor Swift. As in her first record, Fearless, Swift spends much of her second CD exploring the trials and tribulations of growing up. This time, however, Swift sings about things that happened when she was nearly through with her teens; in other words, the subject matter has become a bit more serious and introspective. For example, in "Dear John," the song about her rumored past romance with fellow musician and notorious heartbreaker John Mayer, Swift sings, "And I lived in your chess game, but you changed the rules every day / Wondering which version of you I might get on the phone tonight / Well I stopped picking up, and this song is to let you know why." Despite the more intense emotions, however, Swift still steers clear of profanity, graphic sexual descriptions, and references to substance use -- making this album age-appropriate overall for older tweens and young adults.

Is it any good?

Vocally, Swift has nowhere near the chops of contemporaries like Carrie Underwood or Beyonce. That said, there's a simple, pure quality to her voice that lends itself well to her many innocent songs about having her heart broken. She also continues to deserve props for writing all of her own songs -- an accomplishment that few of her peers can claim. And while they may not be the most musically complex tunes ever composed, those songs are actually good, lingering in your mind long after they're over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the specific topics mentioned in these songs, such as the topic of bullying that's covered in the tune "Mean." Does Swift offer any good advice that her listeners can follow when confronting these issues in their own lives?

  • In the song "Never Grown Up," what do you think of Swift's message about "Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little / Don't you ever grow up, it can stay this simple"? Is this message realistic?

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