“Speak Now” Swift-ly shines

By Monica Lopez
HUB News Editor

Taylor Swift, the writer of theme songs for teenage girls, is back with her third full-length album, “Speak Now.”

Within the first 10 hours of its release, Taylor Swift’s most recent album reached #1 on the iTunes Top 100 album sales. And it’s expected to be the highest selling album so far this year, with estimated sales of at least 800,000 copies by Oct. 31, according to Billboard.com.

Swift’s sophomore album, “Fearless,” told general stories of heartbreak, young love and failed relationships. Her new release, however, shows a more mature Taylor, with songs that are still able to move teen girls to tears.

Her released single “Innocent” is clearly aimed at rapper Kanye West, who infamously stole her spotlight at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Swift clearly shows her forgiveness with her lyrics “…time turns flames to embers/ you’ll have new Septembers/ every one of us has messed up too.”

Swift also presents her apologies (Turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you/ wishing that I realized what I had when you were mine/ I’d go back to December, turn around and make it all right”) to ex-boyfriend and actor Taylor Launter (Jacob Black, Twilight) in the song “Back to December.”

While the singer has stayed true to her country genre influence, mixtures of up-beat pop and classical acoustic guitar have made these songs more versatile and tailored towards a larger audience.

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