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Speak Now by Taylor Swift (CD)

18 May

Release Date: 2010

Label: Big Machine

Format: LP, CD, digital download

Summary: Taylor Swift is a country/pop singer who has found huge success on Top 40 radio and with a teen audience.Speak Now is her third studio album. A live album from this tour, Speak Now: World Tour Live, was released in 2011, along with a Blu-Ray or DVD of live performances from the tour.

Critical Evaluation: Taylor Swift has found her audience with songs about love and longing, and Speak Now continues that formula with songs about relationships gone bad, ex-boyfriends, and mean people. Ms. Swift began her recording career when she was still a teen, she has found the greatest success by writing what she knew, and this has allowed teenage girls to connecdt with her music – they connect with the subject matter. Her songs are catchy and radio-friendly. The CD has received positive reviews and has sold over five million copies worldwide.

Reviews: Rolling Stone:  “Swift might be a clever Nashville pro who knows all the hitmaking tricks, but she’s also a high-strung, hyper-romantic gal with a melodramatic streak the size of the Atchafalaya Swamp. So she’s in a class by herself when it comes to turning all that romantic turmoil into great songs.”

L.A. Times: “The musical range of “Speak Now” expands beyond country-pop to border both alternative rock and the dirty bubblegum pop…”

The Hollywood Reporter: “If Swift’s approach to songwriting is far more diaristic than some of her predecessors, oldsters may see that as exhibitionistic, but her twenty-something contemporaries will recognize it as perfectly in keeping with the candor of the Facebook generation.”

Awards: Taylor Swift has won six Grammy Awards, ten American Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards, and thirteen Broadcast Music, Inc. awards.

Artist Information: Taylor Swift is an award-winning American singer-songwriter. She has appeared in such movies as The Lorax, and Valentine’s Day, and, most recently, had featured music on the The Hunger Games movie soundtrack. Her website offers links to photos and videos, her journal, music to listen to online, news, and a store.
 
Genre: CD. Subgenre: Country, pop.
 
Interest Age: 12+
 
Challenge Issues/Defense: Some may object to Swift’s lyrics about leaving clothes at a boyfriend’s house, for instance. Defense: While many teens enjoy Taylor Swift’s music, this album has been more about her “growing up” and not every song may be squeaky clean. Mature teens will enjoy this music.
 
Why did you include this book in the titles you selected?
Taylor Swift is such a popular figure in music and pop culture today; I wanted to see and hear for myself what all the fuss was about.
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