Taylor Swift - Speak Now Album Review

Speak Now is the third studio album by American country pop artist Taylor Swift. The concept album was released on October 25, 2010. Swift has spent the past two years writing tracks for her follow-up to “Fearless,” which has sold nearly six million copies and won Album of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards, making Swift the youngest artist ever to win the prize.

On her first album, “Taylor Swift,” and, to a degree, on “Fearless,” she had little more to do than share her adolescent imagination. Even her darker songs were about poking the hole in the ideal more than any actual trauma. But experience is gaining on her. “This whole apparent growing up that happens,” she called it, with comic dismissal.
In these new songs relationships are no longer fantasies, or neutered; they’re lived-in places, where bodies share space.

taylor swift speak now album cover
Taylor Swift - Speak Now Album Cover

All the songs on the album were written and composed solely by Swift. Speaking about the songs, Swift said, “Each song is a different confession to a person.”

Taylor Swift - Speak Now Track Listing

Standard edition

1. “Mine” - 3:50
2. “Sparks Fly” - 4:20
3. “Back to December” - 4:53
4. “Speak Now” - 4:00
5. “Dear John” - 6:43
6. “Mean” - 3:57
7. “The Story of Us” - 4:25
8. “Never Grow Up” - 4:50
9. “Enchanted” - 5:52
10. “Better than Revenge” - 3:37
11. “Innocent” - 5:02
12. “Haunted” - 4:02
13. “Last Kiss” - 6:07
14. “Long Live” - 5:17

Target Deluxe edition bonus tracks

15. “Ours” - 3:58
16. “If This Was a Movie” - 3:54
17. “Superman” - 4:36
18. “Back to December” (Acoustic version) - 4:52
19. “Haunted” (Acoustic version) - 3:37
20.”Mine” (Acoustic version)

International Deluxe edition Bonus tracks (CD2)

1. “Ours” - 3:58
2. “If This Was a Movie” - 3:54
3. “Superman” - 4:36
4. “Back to December” (Acoustic version) - 4:52
5. “Haunted” (Acoustic version) - 3:37
6. “Mine” (US Version) - 3:51
7. “Back to December” (US Version)
8. “The Story of Us” (US Version)

The deluxe edition solely for release by the Target Corporation was announced that will feature a slightly different cover, with Swift in a red dress. To be released on the same day as the standard edition.
A 2CD deluxe edition is also set for release for HMV Canada.

The first single, “Mine“, was released on August 4, 2010. The music video shoot was in Kennebunkport, Maine in early July. Swift said the single was about her tendency to “run from love”. For the week of August 21, 2010, “Mine” debuted at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on digital songs due to 297,000 digital downloads. This was less than what was predicted but “Mine” was only out for about 4 days due to the rush release of the single. The song also debuted at #53 on Radio Songs due to 23.9 million listeners on all radio formats.

An upcoming world tour has been confirmed for the album.

Album Information

Released October 25, 2010
Recorded 2009–10
Genre Country pop
Length 67:20
Label Big Machine
Producer Scott Borchetta (exec.), Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift

One Response to “Taylor Swift - Speak Now Album Review”

  1. moonlight Says:

    I love taylor this album is gr8!
    Mine,Sparks Fly,Enchanted,Better than Revenge,Innocent and also Haunted and Last Kiss is the most beutifull songs I ever heard.

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