Taylor Swift: Now With Mean Spiritedness. Don't Bother.
*sigh* How old is Taylor Swift now? Sixteen? Seventeen, at mos- What? Twenty two? She's twenty two!? I honestly cannot believe her infantile swill is still making money. I mean, maybe I don't get it because I'm not a vapid, pollyanna little preteen girl, but I find Speak Now to be remarkably both painstakingly whitewashed and decidedly grimy. Now, say what you want about Taylor's previous work, Lord knows I have, but those songs felt honest and sweet, and, if I'm being perfectly truthful, more than a little endearing. Oh, don't get me wrong, her voice was still awful, as it is to this day, and her lyrics were still incredibly immature, but she was a teenager, you know? A little self-indulgence in her art was expected. I guess what I'm saying is that it was bad music, but it was bad music that was understandable. Speak Now loses that honesty and sweetness of Fearless, and changes it out for... well... meanness. "Mean" has Taylor viciously berating her critics, essentially calling their (our) lives meaningless whilst beating them (us) over the head with her success like a Young Money rapper. Then, we have "Speak Now," a fantastically mean-spirited little ditty about trying to steal a man away from his blushing bride to be ON THEIR WEDDING DAY. I mean, how sick is that? The last example of this phenomenon is Better Than Revenge, in and of itself, probably the most tolerable song on the album. A song about getting ambiguous revenge on an apparently loose woman that stole her boyfriend. It's quite mean, with Taylor lambasting the poor girl's reputation to the world. If you're wondering why this song is not bad, it's because, if it were sung by a girl with a less annoying voice, with a little more clever wordplay, it would essentially be Paramore's Misery Business. I'd really like to keep going on about how Taylor sets feminism back about fifty years, and about how the basis for her songs sound like they could've been lifted off of a fourteen year old's LiveJournal, but I seem to be running out of space. I don't hate Taylor, I promise. I think she's a talented songwriter, but she simply doesn't have enough life experience to write about anything that's compelling to me right now. Speak Now is a pretty pathetic attempt to make her sound more grown up by becoming spiteful. Speak Now isn't Taylor's big album. Call me once she's recovering from a heroin addiction on the tail of a messy divorce.