Taylor Swift - Fearless

2009-03-24 16:00
 
Fearless
 
Gorgeous, talented, charming – and she’s only 19! Doesn't it make you just a little jealous?

Taylor Swift is no country bumpkin looking to peddle her 'innocence' like so many teen stars before her. This cutie holds her own on every front: She has a clear, soothing voice, her lyrics are age-appropriate and honest, and she's an accomplished guitar and piano player.

She's much more than the sum of her parts, though. Like all girls, she's a little confused, a lot in love, a little angry and just a bit shy. "Fifteen" is a sad ode to giving it up for the wrong guy, "Hey Stephen" reminds you of your high school crush while "The Way I Loved You" displays her gumption as a girl who'll never settle for 'fine' when she's looking for 'fantastic'.

Elsewhere, "You Belong With Me" is an irresistible, almost perfect pop song that proves country is cool. Taylor's mature portrayal of young feelings is testament to her talent way beyond her years. Maybe some of the lyrics are a little clichéd, like "if you could see I’m the one who understands you/ been here all along so why can't you see/ you belong with me" ("You Belong With Me"), but isn't that how a teenager is supposed to feel? It’s refreshing that the era of pop tarts singing about hitting and slaving is waning and new wholesome, all-in-one teen stars are making a comeback. And the fact that she’s stuck to country music adds to this appeal.

Another bright young starlet, Colbie Caillat, co-wrote and features on the sentimental ballad "Breathe". This isn't the first time Taylor's collaborated. Miley Cyrus joined her on stage at the Grammy Awards to sing "Fifteen". And she's a team player. Is there anything wrong with this girl? Well, she's got a long career ahead of her. We can only hope she doesn't shack up with an oil tycoon and televise her nuptials like other teen queens. But thank goodness she’s not going out with a Jonas Brother anymore. That's got to be bad for your reputation as a serious musician.
If Jessica Simpson totally killed country, then Taylor Swift is its resurrection. On her chart-topping new CD, the teen pop cutie proves country can have substance and style.

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Malit 2009/03/26 2:39 PM
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hey beautiful gal ilove u
preshen govender 2009/03/27 8:39 AM
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Q: What do you get when you sing a country song backwards ? A: You get you house, money, car and wife back
Teddy 2009/04/09 6:01 PM
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The music you applaud, reveals you. Country music in the USA is the local equivalent of your favourite style; sokkie.
Jurie 2009/06/03 8:11 AM
I've only ever heard one of her songs - Love Story - but I enjoy the song, and it doesn't hurt that she is extremely pleasing to look at. Another star is born.
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