Swift spills soul in ‘Speak Now’

October 28, 2010

by Amy Olita

Taylor Swift’s third album vocalizes two years of her growth into a woman; her stories of love, heartache, hatred, jealousy and remorse that she experienced since the release of her previous album, “Fearless” are blatantly told in “Speak Now.”

With every song written exclusively by the artist, this album is a window into her soul. 

The album, released Monday, revolves around the phrase “Speak now or forever hold your peace,” inspiring people to speak up while there is a chance. 


“These songs are made up of words I didn’t say when the moment was right in front of me,” Swift said on herwebsite. “Track by track, each song is a different confession to a different person.” 


To focus on the album as a whole does not do it justice. Each song is a story in itself, open for analysis and connections, but I?will leave that to your own interpretations.  


From the beginning track, “Mine” to the final, “Superman,” there are plenty of mysteries to be discovered. 

This album runs the gameet of tones and themes, but the recurring theme is simply life. Everyone experiences so many different feelings, and there is a song to satisfy, no matter what kind of day you are having. 


The first released single, “Mine,” is closer to the feel of the previous albums, no doubt to ease fans into the extremely blunt lyrics to follow, but it sets up the rest of the album perfectly, looking at her future and also the examples of love from her past.


“Sparks Fly” is a beautiful, reminiscent love song which was added to the record after being received so well by concertgoers.

And, switching gears into heartache, there is much debate as to the topic of “Back to December.” This is the one song on the album that really just stopped me in my tracks. I had to listen to what she was saying because there is such sadness in her voice you feel nothing but empathy. She sings, “You gave me all your love, and all I gave you was goodbye. So, this is me swallowing my pride standing in front of you saying I’m sorry for that night.” 


There is a new, much more raw sound in some of her songs that I find refreshing to her usual slow love songs. “Speak Now,” “Mean” and “Better Than Revenge” are the best examples of this portrayal of everyone’s rebellious side. 


However, in contrast to these songs are tracks that are better versions of Swift’s previous themes of family and love. In addition to an increased maturity in the lyrics, there is much more sophistication in the instrumentals used throughout the album. Everything seems to mesh perfectly together to convey the right message.


With every song pertaining to some aspect of her life, it is easy to get distracted trying to figure out her personal inspirations behind each track, but just take the music for what it is her therapy, her life that she chooses to share with people she loves so much, her fans. 

It is a shame that it will take another two years to hear a new album from the artist, but that time to live is what makes this one so good. So, I guess I will just wait with eager anticipation. 


Verdict: five of five stars.


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