Taylor Swift’s new album has been reviewed, explored and analyzed to death. There has been speculation about nearly every one of the 67 minutes that make up Speak Now. So I didn’t want to add my two cents to what has pretty much become the most lavishly-praised country album in recent memory. What I did want to do is find out what someone other than a music critic had to say. And, luckily, I have a teenage daughter for that. One who hasn’t been in the loop regarding who inspired this song and who that one is about.
So after paying $13.99 of her own money for the album, she gave me her thoughts. Overall comments included: “It’s even better than Fearless,” “Her voice sounds really mature” and “The songs are so catchy.” Not the words of a professional music critic, I know. But critics are not the only ones buying the album. (And when I asked her if it was worth the $13.99, she said it was worth twice that.)
Her favorite tracks were “Back to December” (because it’s not Swift’s usual style of music), “Speak Now” (because it’s a cool story about being at a wedding and because it’s acoustic) and “Mean” (because “it sounds so country, and it’s relatable because she’s talking to a teenage boy or anyone, really. I mean, people are just mean, and she’s gonna go on and do good things, and he’s still gonna be mean”).