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I really liked Taylor Swift’s last album, but am undecided about the new one. For me, the album Fearless felt fresh and hopeful, the melodies where upbeat and the lyrics were optimistic and romantic. This new album, in contrast sounds rather bitter. The narrator in the songs is sometimes catty (“she’s an actress / she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress”), self-pitying (“don’t you think 19’s too young to be played by your dark twisted games”) and sometimes even a little crazy (“there’s nothing I do better then revenge, ha”). Quite a few songs deal with regret (Haunted, Dear John, December, Last Kiss). The overall mood is perhaps best summed up by the song ‘Never Grow Up’, in which she give impossible advice to a young teenager. I guess the intended feeling is sweetness, but it is a sense of bitterness that comes through most. Taylor must have been through some heartbreaks since her last album and she has expressed her feelings here, but she hasn’t really added any insight (e.g., What has she gained from her experiences?”) . Perhaps, I just miss the optimistic feeling of her first two albums. What do you think of the album? Will you be going to her concert in Hong Kong?