OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift’s New Video Tells “The Story of Us”

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Forget that she’s dressed like Britney Spears in her old “Baby One More Time” video. Taylor Swift’s new video for “The Story of Us,” which premiered Tuesday night (May 24) on MTV and, may have her rocking the plaid skirt/white blouse/necktie look. But on her, in this mini young adult love story, it all kind of works. She plays the preppy college girl trying to study in the library. But damn that brunette. She is all over Swift’s old boyfriend. It’s brutal. Until the end. I won’t give the ending away, but I will say that like so many of Swift’s videos, this one takes a great song and makes it even better. And shooting it in a library was a smart way to make all the lyrics about “I don’t even know what page you’re on” and “I’ve never heard silence quite this loud” really shine.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.