+ ￥350 配送料
+ ￥350 配送料
Speak Now インポート
2010 release, the third album from the Country/Pop superstar. Speak Now is the follow-up to her multi-million-selling 2008 album, Fearless. The 21-year-old singer/songwriter wrote the entire album on her own and co-produced with longtime collaborator Nathan Chapman, who worked with her on Fearless and her 2006 self-titled debut. Features the single 'Mine'.
Firstly I should comment upon my 4 star rating. I would only give 5 stars if we were looking at a perfect example of its kind and I don't think it is - but it isn't very far off. For what I would describe as "intelligent pop" it is very good. Compared with her "Fearless" album, which for me has a little too much C&W influence, this is a big improvement. I can't wait for her next album if this is the direction she is moving in.
"Speak Now" probably has no more really good pop tunes than "Fearless" but it is consistently good with not a bad song. Even the Deluxe Edition extra songs do not feel like fill in stuff. Her exceptional voice and performance standards are almost a given, so the thing that impresses me most is the quality of the song writing and particularly the lyrics. A few songs on "Fearless" hinted at the growing maturity of her work and it has come to fruition here. She also has the enormous benefit of a skillful, talented and versatile backing band and no doubt an equally capable production crew and it all adds up to a polished product.
The Deluxe Edition also comes with a DVD which doesn't work on standard TVs in the UK so you will need a PC or laptop. To be honest, I have watched it once and I doubt I will bother again.
So, if like me you wonder if you should buy the album, I would say yes.
I can barely choose a favourite from this one, Haunted, Long Live, Mean, Better than revenge, all equally as brillaint songs!
I usually go for taylors slower songs, or at least not as fast songs, like Love Story, superstar, etc, but this time around I've taken a definate liking to her faster songs.
This album shows more of a variety of style as well, from her usual country-ish style to a highly emotional almost rock style with Haunted.
I bought this knowing only two songs from it, Mine and Back to December and decided i liked those two so much that I'd love the rest of the album (plus, I adored her last 2 cd's as well!), and I was not disappointed!
This special edition is worth the purchase, as the extra CD contains some brilliant songs like Superman and the acoustics of Haunted and Mine, along with others, all well worth the listen.
I can't praise this album enough! It has me wanting to stand up in trains and sing along at the top of my lungs, some of the songs have me nearly in tears. This is a truly amazing album and I feel priveledged just to be able to listen! Thank you Taylor for another amazing album!
It's a sixteen track album, all new songs and judging by past experience, there'll maybe be an expanded version with a DVD or extra songs at some point in the future, maybe a Wall*Mart or Target special, making it harder to come by in England. There will also be a Red tour DVD which will also be worth seeing. She definitely puts on a show!
1. State of Grace is a beaty number, all rock drums and loose leccy guitar with a wistful vocal track that gets stronger as it progresses. It's catchy and with one of her clever vidoes will make a single for sure.
2. Red is just genius and without the banjo almost wouldn't be country at all. A strong, strong song and could be rendered rock or dance if covered and remixed. I like it just the way it is, all energy country rock.
3. Treacherous is a mid-paced ballad with a gentle, lilting lyric which might sound more familiar to Swift fans. It's more than an album track though and builds into something stronger before a wind-down.
4. I Knew You Were Trouble won't be new to you by now. Very poppy, big $ song and quite right too. Not my favourite though.
5. All Too Well is in my opinion, the best track on the album. It's owes something to giant seventies ballads like American Pie, starts great sounds original yet familiar, builds, never lets go, has a story to tell and does it well. The musical element is excellent and she, with her unlikely superstar singing voice gets it just right. There are women out there who can sing better and many would want any one of these songs to be the lead track on their album, but Taylor sings her own songs in a way which adds up to way more than it should. Love this song. If she didn't write so many, this would be a real classic in decades to come. Might still manage it anyway.
6. 22 has been a single and is misses me by thirty years. Pretty good though, catchy as usual.
7. I Almost Do is a great ballad that might just require a couple of extra listens to appreciate.
8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Tongue in cheek hit. Commercial, not quite me but can't deny it's ability to win radio time.
9. Stay Stay Stay. Clever fun, pop which hangs on to a little country via instrumental and vocal style. It's a ('nother) catchy tune and will cheer up a dull five minutes.
10. The Last Time. Very Snow Patrol. Gary Lightbody's style dominates the feel and while I like most of Snow Patrol's stuff, this feels just a little dull in the lighter, zingier company of the rest of this album. Still it shows that Miss Swift can immerse herself in a song like this, fit in perfectly well and add something worthwhile.
11. Holy Ground. Here comes the up-tempo stuff again. Simple yet so good. How does she do it? Why wasn't this song written twenty years ago? How did it take this youngster to come along and invent it. It's sounds like Fleetwood Mac Tusk speeded up and made into something less pretentious. It's not an award winner but as an album track it shames so much limp pap and filler which ends up between good tracks on other artist's thirteen track albums. Not only do you get more here, but they are (nearly) all potential singles.
12. Sad Beautiful Tragic is more country, more ballady and could have found itself on any of her previous albums without causing any surprises. Not my favourite but I don't quite hit 'next' when it comes on.
13. The Lucky One. Sounds like Transvision Vamp (remember them?) Same instrumentation, same lyrical style although Wendy James would be sassier and more tongue in cheek. Otherwise, it has Transvision Vamp all over it. Curious. And good too.
14. Everything Has Changed didn't quite grab me when I first heard it, but repeated plays on MTV and a clever video have gradually elevated it. I like it now.
15. Starlight. And here comes the mirrorball. It's a dance tune and although it's been rendered here as a very (very) catchy country-rock song, it is begging for a serious dose of David Guetta. Great song and will be a winner live too.
16. Begin Again. Ballad. Not quite my thing but once again she's dragged a strong tune out of her cowgirl boots, added some believable sentimental lyrics and built a song good enough to grace the charts. Listening to it now, I have to admit I like it. Heard it fifty times and finally I actually like it. Clever girl Taylor. Time for some Brad Paisley now before she takes over my iPod completely.
Unless you just don't like her, buy Red. It's very good, I promise.
So we have 1.5mm text in a pastel font colour over a photograph background, VERY difficult to read for older 'fans', oh and random capital letters, so cool... NOT. Really people you must be able to do better than this for an artist this good. If Miss Swift was responsible then I will soak my head in a bucket in embarrassment and confusion.
Back to the reading glasses and strong light...
I was lucky enough to see Taylor in Concert a couple of days ago and now I like this even more than I did before (if that was possible) as the songs now remind me of the awesome time that I had at the concert.