Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift


3.5
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
February 10th, 2011 | 115 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Each song on Swift’s debut is an experience that she chooses to share with us, straight from the pages of her diary into the microphone and her guitar strings.

I can still remember when my friend came into my college dorm room freshman year and plopped this album on my desk. Now first thing is first, this girl had a pretty bangin’ body...around 5’7, light brown hair and penetrating blue eyes with an hourglass figure…all the while wearing a low cut white tank top and those kinds of jeans that really rounded out her perfect ass. So I figured what the hell, I’ll give this a listen and maybe she’ll stick around, talk for a while, and hopefully one thing will lead to another. But before I even got halfway through the opening track, she left to flirt with the guys across the hallway, leaving just Taylor and I to share an experience. And I fucking hated that experience. You see, I abhorred country music at the time, and as “Picture to Burn” blasted out of my speakers, I couldn’t shake the image of farmers wearing overalls and straw hats square dancing in an old barn full of hens and horse shit. Little did I know at the time that this isn’t real country, and that my attractive friend was a complete and utter whore.

Some things just become clearer with time. While I may not have given Taylor Swift’s self-titled album the chance it deserved back in ’06, I certainly have learned to appreciate it in more recent years. While the burgeoning solo artist’s second and third albums have ignited attention across the entire world, her debut has been left in the dust; a mere afterthought. But truth be told, Taylor Swift has some of the starlet’s most sincere and effortlessly crafted musical pieces out of her entire catalogue. The country twang is heavier on this album than it is on her later releases, although it still carefully straddles the line between country and pop…but “Our Song”, “Stay Beautiful”, and the aforementioned “Picture to Burn” still carry more of a rural/country vibe than the majority of her present day material. It is a country-pop at its bare core, as honest and candid as the mostly artificial genre comes.

Perhaps the most magical quality about Taylor Swift is that it isn’t so magical. There’s no castles, white horses, or fairy tales…just Swift doing what she does best: lamenting about relationships, betrayal, and boys. “Cold as You”, “Should’ve Said No”, and “Teardrops on My Guitar” are prime examples of a young Taylor scorned, while other songs like “Tim McGraw” and “Stay Beautiful” take a more positive, reminiscent approach. She even deviates from her main points of focus with the emotionally revealing “A Place in this World”, a song indicative of the struggle that every young adult faces at some point as he/she searches for a purpose in life. Each song on Swift’s debut is an experience that she chooses to share with us, straight from the pages of her diary into the microphone and her guitar strings. And despite the fact that we have heard all of these things before (teenage relationship drama? oh, please…) Taylor manages to deliver her ideas with an element of sincerity and forthrightness that is rather refreshing.

In the end, Taylor Swift is more than just a “let’s see where all the magic started” type of album. While it certainly provides us with that service, it also extends well beyond that and serves as a contrast to Fearless and Speak Now. There is no doubt that those two albums launched her career into the all-out ridiculous level of fame that she currently enjoys, but Taylor Swift is what first captivated the hearts of her dedicated followers. Sitting in my dorm room listening to this at the age of 18, I had no idea how much I would end up enjoying her music. But looking back I am glad that I was left alone to listen to this album, because had my temptingly attractive friend remained in the room, I might have started liking Taylor Swift for all the wrong reasons. Hating this album on my own is what allowed me to come back later and fall in love with the girl whose open, honest letters to the world changed the face of mainstream music today.



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk guys this was a pretty stupid review. i just felt like writing something informal.

i probably shouldnt be allowed to objectively critique her music, seeing as i am in love with her.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


7307 Comments


Perhaps the most magical quality about Taylor Swift is that is isn’t so magical.

ERROR. NEG NEG NEG NEG NEG.

LOL jk. Dude, this was rather personal and definitely very informal, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminds me of your Yellowcard review (which as you know is one of my favourite SowingSeason pieces of all time...OF ALL TIME!), and it makes for an interesting change from the usual objective + analytical write-ups.

IT'S A LOVE STORY BABY JUST SAY POS.

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 11th 2011


10594 Comments


Haha, this was a great read. This came out in 2006? Wow.

Alright, I'm going to sleep now!

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Irving, I fixed it. And yeah this is personal but more than anything I'm just so tired right now that I don't care what I am writing. I just kinda rambled and I chuckled a lot as I was typing my first paragraph but maybe I am just delusional and it's not funny at all. Probably.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


7307 Comments


Now first thing is first, this girl had a pretty bangin’ body...around 5’7, light brown hair and penetrating blue eyes with an hourglass figure…all the while wearing a low cut white tank top and those kinds of jeans that really rounded out her perfect ass.

YOU MET XENOPHANES?!?!!

Also...might it be "first things first"?

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 11th 2011


10594 Comments


Always the butt of every joke I am....

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


7307 Comments


Ilu Xeno =)

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


31218 Comments


Don't know about a perfect ass

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Knott-
Emeritus
February 11th 2011


10197 Comments


LMAO I THOUGHT YOU WERE TALKIGN ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT WHEN I READ THAT QUOTE IN THE COMMENTS.

mallen-
February 11th 2011


1235 Comments


thought you'd maxed out her discography by now

fr33convict
February 11th 2011


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wtf sowing likes girls idgi


pos

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thought you'd maxed out her discography by now


This actually completes it. First I reviewed Fearless, then Speak Now, then her Christmas compilation...now her debut. Maybe I'll find some other lesser known EP's to add to the database, but as far as what's on Sputnik, I'm done for now with Taylor Swift reviews

cvlts
February 11th 2011


8960 Comments


lol Knott

fr33convict
February 11th 2011


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The only thing left to do now is prestige and start all over again.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 11th 2011


10197 Comments


in the last line it should be "whose"

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks knott

tiesthatbind
February 11th 2011


7374 Comments


I'm surprised you hadn't already done this. Very nice, I liked the personal aspect to it, great read.

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Ties, it is probably one of the goofier things I have ever written for the site, but I'm glad people are enjoying it

sifFlammable
February 11th 2011


2741 Comments


well its a love story

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

baby just say yes



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