What do you think of Taylor’s new album?
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The main criticism I’ve read about this album is that the songs are ALL about falling in love and breaking up. Taylor herself seems to recognize this limitation in her liner notes in the deluxe edition, in which she describes the album as being inspired by her her own recent experiences with love affairs that flare up suddenly and then just as suddenly flicker away into nothingness. The comments also indicate that she might be looking to explore other themes in future. It will be interesting to see where she goes from here. In her first two albums there was a sweet innocent view of love with a happy-ever-after vibe. In her last two, there is a more realistic view of love. I guess this shift has been mirrored in the experiences of many of her fans.
Stylistically, some of the songs move completely away from country, such as the catchy, chatty, sing-along We Will Never Ever Be Together and the dub-step-lite chorus of I Knew You Were Trouble. For the poppy songs, I think Starlight works best, though I prefer some of the slower songs like All Too Well and the simple arrangements of the demo and acoustic tracks on the bonus CD. The song All to Well is a good example of Taylor’s effective use of specific visual images to evoke moods, with an unreturned scarf serving as a symbol or regret and longing.