By Melissa Moore
Taylor Swift’s album title describes exactly what she is doing and hopes others will do: “Speak Now.” Her true message shines through as she forms, through her 14 self-written tracks, a scrapbook of her life.
Each song has a reason for being included in the album – from messages to exes to people she feared, Swift lays out her heart for the world to see. From reminiscence to revenge, hope to regret, each song has a different tone, the lyrics spilling out from her diary.
Always clever and meaningful, Swift’s lyrics have become even more relatable in “Speak Now.” “Mean,” written to Swift’s critics, describes overcoming the bully in everyone’s life. “I bet you got pushed around / Somebody made you cold / But the cycle ends right now / ‘Cause you can’t lead me down that road.”
Released by Big Machine Records on Oct. 25, “Speak Now” costs $13.99, and is worth the price. Swift’s voice and lyrics have matured since her previous albums “Taylor Swift” and “Fearless.”
Despite writing many songs describing boys who wronged her, Swift’s maturity shows in her first song requesting forgiveness. “Back to December,” written to an ex-boyfriend, shows Swift’s desire that he will someday pardon her for how she left him: “So this is me swallowing my pride / Standing in front of you saying I’m sorry for that night.”
“Speak Now” contains many lengthy songs, one clocking in at 6 minutes 46 seconds, but the real, raw lyrics captivate listeners throughout each track.
The large range of notes Swift flawlessly reaches throughout the album, especially in “Enchanted,” displays her matured voice. Smoother and softer, it evokes a sense of peace in the calm songs and edginess in the upbeat, revengeful tracks.
Despite her message in “Never Grow Up,” Swift has grown up to produce “Speak Now”: an album filled with emotion, new messages, and amazing songs.