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CD Review: Taylor Swift

Speak Now (Big Machine)

It was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift grew up. After two albums of near-perfect country-pop, Swift puts away her princess fantasies on Speak Now and trades them for big-girl dreams of domestic bliss, and the results are often as fun as a 10-year-old marriage. Now that she's no longer a teen, Swift is beginning to see what the real world is like, and it's not a very cheery one. In fact, it's filled with unfaithful boyfriends, scheming women, and lots of mean people — and Swift doesn't like them one bit. Thankfully, she still loves big hooks, and there are plenty of them on Speak Now — especially in "Mine," "Sparks Fly," and "Long Live" — to get you through the rougher moments. When she glances at the past in "Back to December," Swift shines as the starry-eyed dreamer she was just a couple of years ago. Getting old kinda sucks. Gallucci

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