Right Wing Critique of the Week - Taylor Swift
Though I doubt she plays guitar any more.
Genre: Pop vocals, pop rock rythms, superficial Nashville country style
Lyrics: Coherent within each song, as deep as American pop culture gets, nice rhymes and clever wordplay. Though not all lyrics are written by Swift.
Music: Produced by a professional band that was probably assembled by coldblooded studio machinery. Tracks have the clean, empty sound that make Good Charlotte and AC/DC great. Though AC/DC was before the digital era and you can practically hear the needle scratching on your CD. I'd like to see someone autotune Bon Scott. However, the tunes are good, catchy, and contain a moderate amount of creativity in their execution.
Taylor Swift (album): debut, produced before she sold out to major labels, possibly one of the best albums of the decade, which is pretty sad. The album was initially released in 2006 but didn't become a mainstream success immediately. It eventually went quadruple platinum and has extra bonus tracks on the Walmart edition.
Fearless (album): Attempt to quickly cash in on the mainstream popularity of 2008. Not that bad, but it doesn't transcend its idiot pop singer roots.
Mine (single, 2010): Better than anything on Fearless.
I'm not quite sure why I'm reviewing something this popular, but I always think that Taylor Swift's genuine talents will be overlooked when she's compared to similar music that is, in fact, total garbage. I hope she will actually improve and attain some musical greatness, on the level of Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Of course, where would Axl Rose be without Slash? He'd be making Chinese Democracy, that's where. And maybe Paul McCartney is just lucky to have been friends with John Lennon. I don't know.
The whole environment is... nonconducive to developing musical talent in pop stars. Metal guitarists, sure, but not pop stars. Oh well.