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This is going to be an experiment in me being a modest music critic, not trying to dazzle anyone, and, for once, without the need to do verbal therapy on myself, if that makes sense.

This is a good album, and Taylor Swift is a good artist. I would call her the greatest ever, but, it's just as good as James Taylor, say. And I personally am glad of this-- that alot of female artists, to me, come across with this whiney sound which distresses me.... but she does not. Maybe there are just too many 'punk' people in the world, but, again-- she is not.

She's good.

P.S. One Direction is fun, too. Actually, I think that "Take Me Home" is probably as fun as some of the Beach Boys stuff, but.... how can I explain this?

P.P.S. Do you remember the Byrds, and their song, "So You Want To Be a Rock And Roll Star", about being the Beatles or trying, so to be, and "Renaissance Fair"-- I think that maybe I'm dreaming, except maybe it's a nightmare sometimes, and the Byrds being themselves, it was all about that one song, and, was it okay.... This is what we want.... Is it, Okay....

It's Okay. It Is Okay. ("WHY", right. "why".)

P.P.P.S. And I do wish that I had written something about "Take Me Home", lol, but, but-- "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is just a great song. Best part of not being indie or 'punk'-- when you really really need to say it, you.... just can.

N.B. I hope that this isn't getting excessive, but, I'd just like to note, that now that I've come to try to tag my music finally, that I understand the difference between indie rock and just rock, better than the difference between rock and pop.... Rock and roll.... Pop, ular?

I just don't understand labels as well as I do people.

Ah, see. James Taylor reference. I'm a genius.

After all, fucking Parlophone is a label, right.

~ And, for what it's worth, my researches tell me that even Paul McCartney wants to be as good as The Beatles, lol.... (Excessive: Although, the 70s were a trippy time, maybe some of those bad reviews for the early Wings stuff and solo stuff was, "obliging"-- oh, you're right, we *shouldn't* let Music be, all about *you*.... But, who can understand even the Byrds or Wings or something-- better to stick with what we actually can figure out, sometimes-- our own contemporaries, I think....)

OH AND BY THE WAY-- "Stay Stay Stay" following "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".... and with all the ambiguity that's in it.... is a good example of the sort of arrangement that makes a good album good.... Kinda like "Turn! Turn! Turn!" which has a *splendid* arrangement.... but now, look, hahahaha.....

...............

And, you know what-- I need both of that. Just like alot of the songs from "Younger than Yesterday".... love's not only pleasant, and you actually learn to respect it alot more, when you don't always expect it to be like it is on Ed Sullivan's show....

Like "Girl Without a Name", or, like when they say in that intentionally-annoying studio voice, "Masterpice."

"Red" is actually more complimentary, hahaha.

.................

And the suck-y part about being any kind of musical critic is, that it's easier to tell people about how the Beach Boys (or One Direction, or.... Taylor Swift, or.... lots of people, actually) counsel that a bad love can bring pain, {"Here Today"}, rather than to-- just listen, and just, get it.

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Uncertainties aside, however, this is a very good album.

(9/10)
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4 years ago on 6 April 2013 22:16



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