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.