Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Oct 2010) - hype, anticipation &c

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a.) like the song, love the chorus -- sets itself up to need a big hook and delivers
b.) i don't think it's autopilot, the lyrics are carefully crafted. and there's more obvious invention than before, which was always going to be the challenge here -- she can't keep writing seemingly-autobiographical teen-girl stuff, she has to imagine her way into grown-up characters who aren't giant pop stars.
c.) nothing about this song makes me anticipate the album any less

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 5 August 2010 19:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

it is selling shit-tons pretty much instantly, btw, like very very likely going to be a #1 record just based on early sales.

teledyldonix, Thursday, 5 August 2010 20:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

read something about how it was rush-released after the leak, and it took six hours to get to no 1 on itunes.

they didn't bother putting it up on uk itunes. i hate this country.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 5 August 2010 20:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

what i love about the song is that it feels like she has to be convinced again and again, like the first rush of optimism doesn't quite take properly, which rings v true w/r/t the character. the second iteration of the chorus ("you saw me start to believe for the first time") is clearly some time after "you put your arms around me for the first time", and THEN comes the big fight at the climax of the song. it's love as an adult process rather than love as a high school dream.

also "there's a drawer of my things at your place" is such a fantastically casual way to put those purity ring accusations to rest.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 5 August 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

One of the things I like about it, at least like to think about while listening to it, is that this guy who's "the best thing that's ever been mine" is, even so, now DUMPED.

abcfsk, Thursday, 5 August 2010 20:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

what i love about the song is that it feels like she has to be convinced again and again, like the first rush of optimism doesn't quite take properly, which rings v true w/r/t the character. the second iteration of the chorus ("you saw me start to believe for the first time") is clearly some time after "you put your arms around me for the first time", and THEN comes the big fight at the climax of the song. it's love as an adult process rather than love as a high school dream.

Haven't heard this yet but really like this description lex.

Tim F, Thursday, 5 August 2010 23:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

this would make more sense as an album track than a single to me tbh, but i think it's just the right amount of maturing from fearless

banshun, Friday, 6 August 2010 04:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Mine" is great -- seems a bit like Taylor on autopilot, though.

Looking fwd to the album!

― ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Thursday, August 5, 2010 3:19 PM (Yesterday)

lol did you purposefully try to hit on all the consensus points in the ten posts before yours? not picking on you or anything

terry squad (k3vin k.), Friday, 6 August 2010 05:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

yep, this is pretty much exactly what i want to hear right now

terry squad (k3vin k.), Friday, 6 August 2010 05:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol did you purposefully try to hit on all the consensus points in the ten posts before yours?

Nope, I actually didn't read those posted before mine, just listened to the song and posted my thoughts. Pretty simple. I take it others said the same thing, then?

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Friday, 6 August 2010 05:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Taylor is ALMOST ready to write Degrassi episodes

christopher dullan (Tape Store), Friday, 6 August 2010 06:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Don't we need to wait for the songs about lesbianism and abortion first?

(I mean. Don't really keep up with anything post-80s incarnation of Degrassi, but last I checked we Canucks still made our corny teen soaps with extra 'controversy'.)

The SBurbs (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 6 August 2010 06:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, Taylor is tackling divorce right now. She'll get to diet pills on the next single.

christopher dullan (Tape Store), Friday, 6 August 2010 06:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

"you made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter" made me gasp.

no clue how this rings as profound, haven't you seen a teen film?

christopher dullan (Tape Store), Friday, 6 August 2010 06:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

this song's narrative = the narrative of claire and eli on degrassi as of last thursday's episode, fyi (and it was a narrative of, like, every teen soap ever)

christopher dullan (Tape Store), Friday, 6 August 2010 06:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Tape Store has exposed a tragic gap in ILX's familiarity with Degrassi story arcs!

Mordy, Friday, 6 August 2010 06:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

stfu, i'm just using degrassi as a v current example

christopher dullan (Tape Store), Friday, 6 August 2010 06:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol, no, it's fine, and totally appropriate for the Taylor Swift thread (she's pretty clearly mining similar material since she has a similar audience), but i'm not surprised that people aren't super familiar with what constitutes a tired trope in teen dramas.

Mordy, Friday, 6 August 2010 06:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

lmfaoooo i think i watched ~4.5 consecutive hours of back-to-back degrassi a few weeks ago. i felt like i'd just had unprotected sex w/ an hiv+ hooker or something (probably because that was somewhat similar to the plot of at least 3 episodes i had just seen).

teledyldonix, Friday, 6 August 2010 06:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

I was just looking at the Amazon.com Top 100 CDs and noticed this:

67.

Fearless ~ Taylor Swift
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666 days in the top 100

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Saturday, 7 August 2010 01:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

prolego, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 19:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

YESSSSSSSS

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 20:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

will buy

markers, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 20:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

That is like the greatest Stevie Nicks cover that never was.

trippin lookin at my portfolio (billy), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 21:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

i love how the swooping dress connects back to the swooping hair of the 'fearless' cover

be my anchor baby (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

swoop there it is

markers, Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

wilco never offered me a glitter package ;_;

markers, Friday, 27 August 2010 17:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

seriously considering watching her cmt special tonight. if the kids will tolerate it...

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Friday, 27 August 2010 17:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

i dont even know if i get cmt but that sounds dope

markers, Friday, 27 August 2010 17:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Holy moly thanks for the CMT update, that sounds awesome.

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Friday, 27 August 2010 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, it's just a video premiere. Meh...

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Friday, 27 August 2010 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

From EW interview:

The title track, indeed, is about “the moment in a wedding where you speak now or forever hold your peace.

+

The last two years of your life have been so nuts. Is there a song that reflects the business and change of your last two years?
There is, actually. The last song on the album is about looking back on the last two years and how I feel when I do that.

Expectations for that one^

The reporter actually goes into 'critical' mode as well and asks whether Mine is just a Fearless rehash: http://music-mix.ew.com/2010/08/27/taylor-swift-speak-now-new-album/

abcfsk, Friday, 27 August 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, it's just a video premiere. Meh...

it's a half-hour live video premiere. when your friday night prospects are yo gabba gabba or half of monsters inc. for the 6th time this week, that's exciting enough.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Friday, 27 August 2010 17:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Watched this video on my local mtv site, and it's a de-countrified version! Ridiculous, considering how mild the country touches are on the original.

abcfsk, Saturday, 28 August 2010 10:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Video's pretty good, I think:

Can someone make a looping .jpg of the ridiculously cute Taylor head-bob thing from 1:52-1:53 btw??

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Saturday, 28 August 2010 19:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

i wonder if the other artists in the country music world are viewing this CMT special like lebron's "the decision"

J0rdan S., Saturday, 28 August 2010 19:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

video taken down

markers, Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

Video's on the front page of her website. Doesn't seem attached to any "de-countrified" mix either.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh shit I totally didn't know they shot videos for "Fearless" and "White Horse." Rest of night: planned.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

fyi both of those songs are only like 4 mins long

J0rdan S., Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

ah cool, i'll have to check out her site

markers, Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

fyi both of those songs are only like 4 mins long

― J0rdan S., Sunday, August 29, 2010 3:46 PM

haaaa!

markers, Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

fyi both of those songs are only like 4 mins long

planning to pass out drunk afterward, always be livin' the fearless life.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Actually I think I could seriously watch the "White Horse" video for hours because I am killed by the moments when Taylor stops lip-syncing. The song alone already sailed me into nervous-breakdown-territory.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 August 2010 20:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

/\/K/\/\, Monday, 30 August 2010 01:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

that is not disturbing at all

/ (The Brainwasher), Monday, 30 August 2010 01:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

this chorus is a rush

"bubbling" pictures for mormon approved j0hn (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 2 September 2010 08:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

"mine" btw don't want to freak anyone out like there is a new song or something

"bubbling" pictures for mormon approved j0hn (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 2 September 2010 08:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, and it's even more of a rush every time she switches it up

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 2 September 2010 08:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

that poor poor man

“Argh!” I cry. But I really don’t care. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 7 June 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

dude gets caught up in the dumbest feuds.

Cunga, Thursday, 7 June 2012 18:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh j mayer i think that was the point

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Thursday, 7 June 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

shut it down

shut it all down

http://www.viddy.com/video/591db795-cf0c-4232-b116-16621bd94861

uberweiss, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

idgi

how's life, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 20:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

The comments on that RS post are things of wonder.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

idgi

ed sheeran is collaborating with ed sheeran :)

uberweiss, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

disappointing single tho

kanye shiwen (dayo), Tuesday, 14 August 2012 00:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hahah fuck is that a joke or is that seriously the name of the next single?

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 14 August 2012 03:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Serious. New thread here folks:

Taylor Swift - RED - Octobert 22

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 03:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

'CAUSE FOR A MOMENT A BAND OF THIEVES IN RIPPED UP JEANS GOT TO RUUUUUUUULE THE WORLD

markers, Saturday, 24 August 2013 06:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

BRING ON ALL THE PRETENDERS, I'M NOT AFRAID

markers, Saturday, 24 August 2013 06:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

feel like i overrated this album initially then underrated it for two years but i listened to it again recently and damn

le goon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:37 (9 months ago) Permalink

still her best imo

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:38 (9 months ago) Permalink

"better than revenge" really sticks out and kinda throws the second half of the album off but the run from the start through "enchanted" might be her best stretch of music

le goon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:40 (9 months ago) Permalink

agreeing this is likely her best album; i think i don't care for Red when everything's said and done

PSY talks The Nut Job (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:12 (9 months ago) Permalink

Better than Fearless? Come on.

how's life, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:58 (9 months ago) Permalink


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