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Monday, June 2, 2014

Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” – A Music CD Review

 Jane Kao & Lily Lai

There are many types of music in America, but pop music is the one that teenagers like most. Our favorite pop music singer is Taylor Swift, even though she was a country music singer/songwriter first. Taylor has recorded four albums, and the third album, “Speak Now,” is our favorite.
 
Album cover courtesy of TaylorSwift.com


 The name of this CD, “Speak Now,” comes from a sentence in the wedding vows – “Speak now or forever hold your peace.” There are 14 songs on the “Speak Now” CD. This CD features themes of love, romance, and heartbreak. Unlike Taylor’s previous CDs, all the songs on the “Speak Now” CD were written by Taylor herself. She also co-produced the record with longtime collaborator Nathan Champman. The other different thing about this CD is that, as Taylor said, “Speak Now” is about her life and moods between 2009 and 2010, and every song is like an open letter to a specific person.

 Our favorite song in this CD is Never Grow Up. This song’s melody is light-hearted and Swift plays two instruments on the cut – guitar and piano. The lyrics of this song are about maternal love; the mother hopes that her child will never grow up but just stay little and simple. However, the child can’t wait to move out someday and call his or her own shots. When the child grows up, he or she realizes that everything is someday going be gone, and if childhood could just go on forever, life could be really simple. We think this song is a little sad and makes us miss our childhood. The lyrics remind us of how innocent childhood is. We really like this song very much.


Taylor sings in many styles on the “Speak Now” CD, and old fans and newcomers alike are sure to find something they like. We recommend the “Speak Now” CD, and suggest that, if you like what you hear, you check out Taylor’s other albums!

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