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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's third album is the first that she wrote entirely on her own and remains true to her country-pop roots that made her one of the biggest selling artists of 2009.
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Sparks Fly
The way you move is like a full on rainstorm And I'm a house of cards You're the kind of reckless That should send me runnin' But I kinda know that I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Even in their overwork, however, they evince an effort that bears a remarkable resemblance to care‑-that is, to caring in the best, broadest, and most emotional sense.
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    80
    It's provided great fodder as devotees of celebrity gossip speculate on who, exactly, she's singing about, but with Swift's endearing appeal as a singer and ever-growing skill as a songwriter, Speak Now makes for great listening, too.
  3. Dec 10, 2010
    80
    At times the self-consciousness of an artist forcing herself into new modes shows – but mostly, Speak Now is a triumph.
  4. Oct 28, 2010
    70
    With some judicious – let's have it then – tailoring, this is a sparky and affecting record, moving Swift on at a stately and assured pace.
  5. Jan 11, 2011
    70
    While Taylor turns her wrath on a woman who steals her man on "Better Than Revenge," she turns that critical eye on herself in "Back to December," a thorough apology to a former lover she regrets having left behind. Other tunes, such as "Mean" and "Sparks Fly," suffer from generic and sometimes underdeveloped lyrics.
  6. Nov 24, 2010
    70
    She can still sound strained and thin, and often strays into a pitch that drives some people crazy; but she's learned how to make words sound like what they mean.
  7. Nov 4, 2010
    40
    Celebrity aside, Speak Now is as hooky as its predecessors but differs in its often angry, spiteful tone.

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  1. Negative: 14 out of 155
  1. Jun 16, 2017
    10
    Mine: Canción que abre el álbum y primer sencillo de éste. La canción narra fantásticamente la vida de una pareja a través de unos escasosMine: Canción que abre el álbum y primer sencillo de éste. La canción narra fantásticamente la vida de una pareja a través de unos escasos cuatro minutos. Además tiene una letra clara, bonita y un estribillo que resume prácticamente toda la canción. En cuánto al vídeo, también expresa perfectamente el significado de la canción. Por cierto, me encantan las escenas de Taylor en el bosque con las fotos colgantes. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2010
    10
    Notice that not one of those zero reviews make mention of one song on the album. I call **** **** This is a great pop record with some of theNotice that not one of those zero reviews make mention of one song on the album. I call **** **** This is a great pop record with some of the catchiest tracks I've heard this year; at the same time, "Dear John" and "Haunted" show talent beyond the basic stage she's at now. Expand
  3. Jul 2, 2018
    10
    THIS IS A **** MASTERPIECE! HER BESTEST ALBUM EVER! She wrote the whole album herself and the lyrics are just brilliant and wonderful. All ofTHIS IS A **** MASTERPIECE! HER BESTEST ALBUM EVER! She wrote the whole album herself and the lyrics are just brilliant and wonderful. All of the songs are great and catchy. My favs are "Haunted", "Long Live", "Enchanted", "Innocent", "Mine" and "Mean" Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    magical album. full of amazing tracks. storyline and lyric wise is just no words just brilliance
  5. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    Speak now is arguably Taylor's best album lyrically and musically. In this album she delved much deeper into her confessional approach toSpeak now is arguably Taylor's best album lyrically and musically. In this album she delved much deeper into her confessional approach to songwriting by writing solely all of the songs excluding "If This Was A Movie" which is a bonus track. Here we saw Taylor, experimenting with different genres. She plays with her root genres which are pop and country and expands to alternative rock. She never stayed in one genre for too long. she conquered new territories and the result was flawless. Another amazing thing about this album are the epic lyrics. Here she took the "Speak Now" phrase seriously and boy did she speak now. She calls out her critics in "Mean". The song was very cleverly written it won her 2 grammys. She wishes she didn't grow up while showing a mature side in "Never Grow Up" She apologizes to her ex in "Back to December" and explicitly gives reference to sex in "Sparks Fly". She reminisces a lost love in "Last Kiss", shows forgiveness in "Innocent" and bashes a girl who stole her bf in "Better Than Revenge". Taylor didn't fail in the lyrics department and gave us two of her most amazing lines ever. 'You made a rebel of a careless man’s carefull daughter’ from "Mine" and 'people throw rocks at things that shine' from "Ours" slays discographies. Another thing that one would notice about the album is how she pushes her voice. She shows how she has improved vocally in "Dear John" and "Haunted" where she belts out the climaxes while not losing her signature voice in "Speak Now" and in the intro of "Enchanted". What I like about this album is that she didn't make this album to be radio-friendly. She didn't compromise quality over having hits. Most of the songs are lengthy and those songs are the gems of the album. They are just too long and too good to be played on the radio. Another thing that Taylor made sure was to make the album relatable to her fans which she always delivers with her albums. This album is a manifestation of Taylor's growth as an artist, and if this album is any indication of what she will become in the future, I am excited to see what she has to offer her coming albums.

    This album is a manifestation of Taylor's growth as an artist, and if this album is any indication of what she will become in the future, I am excited to see what she has to offer with her coming albums.
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  6. Oct 26, 2010
    9
    This album is 2x better than Fearless. just like how Fearless was 2x better than her selt titled debut album. Taylor Swift has been known toThis album is 2x better than Fearless. just like how Fearless was 2x better than her selt titled debut album. Taylor Swift has been known to write songs that are like reading a diary diary, which is continued here greatly, sush as the AMAZINGLY personal song: "Dear John". Swifty is growing up, andher music is too. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2017
    0
    Un álbum con torpes y malísimas canciones. Una chica que solo se cuelga de su relación sin importarle dañar la imagen de alguien más no lograUn álbum con torpes y malísimas canciones. Una chica que solo se cuelga de su relación sin importarle dañar la imagen de alguien más no logra hacer algo potencial para trascender en el futuro. La chica se debe retirar de la música ya que no canta. Expand

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