‘Speak Now’ | Taylor Swift
While this album returns to her country roots more than “Fearless” did, the T-Swift hallmarks are still on display—bubble gum pop chord progressions, images of stairs and cringe-worthy vocal riffs. To her credit, she writes her own songs, but Taylor is a little old to be singing about the same things she sang about when she was fifteen. Several of her songs make her sound like a whiny brat who wants things her way and her way only, and “Speak Now” in particular is borderline crazy—she crashes a wedding to win the groom’s heart.
“Back to December” is easily the most indicative of any lyrical growth. For once, she isn’t crying about a boy who did her wrong or about how she wants to be a kid again. Swift is starting to show potential, but she isn’t quite there yet. This album is what was expected—less than mediocre, but still a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed with a pint of chocolate ice cream.