Taylor Swift had a good night at the Grammys. She took home two Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, and yet her luck hasn’t dulled her anger. Swift performed her banjo-laden revenge song “Mean,” off her 2010 album Speak Now. The tune is a direct response to a critic who attacked her (undeniably terrible) 2010 Grammy performance with Stevie Nicks, in which Swift seemed to sing off-key. Tonight, Swift delivered her come back on key and with a vengeance. She even changed the lyric from “But someday I’ll be living in a big old city” to “But someday I’ll be singing this at the Grammys / and all you’ll be is mean.” OK, Taylor. This is a great song and you’re younger, cuter and more talented than any professional critic who has ever cut you down. You win.
And the LA Times had nothing but good things to say, although they didn't formally grade it:
Noted music-industry gadfly Bob Lefsetz is rumored to have been the subject of Taylor Swift’s single “Mean.” But despite an ostensibly Lefsetz-friendly crowd of music biz veterans at Staples for the 2012 Grammy Awards, Swift seemed to make several thousand allies when she took the writer to task in her lyrics.
Swift, looking especially radiant in a gold gown and straightened hair, directed the lyrics of "Mean" to implicitly rebut Lefsetz's charges that “she can’t sing,” calling the tune’s subject “a liar” and “pathetic.”
Plenty of audience members at Staples clutched their proverbial pearls in recognition that one of their own was in the song's cross-hairs.
But Swift has a way of elevating sly in-song gossip to something like myth, and the massive Grammy platform only made her riposte feel more charged.
"Mean" won two Grammys for country solo performance and country song (a relatively small haul given her dominant 2010 Grammys), and Swift's wink-nudge reference -- OK, more like a cannon-sized warning shot -- got the crowd to its feet.
I'm really happy she will be/already has worked with different people for the album. The more experience and knowledge she can get from other writers, the better she gets.
I think this album will be getting even more critical love than she already gets, perhaps at the cost of some commercial success. Not really an issue for me though, I just want the best music possible.
Agreed. I think her perspective's changed in the last couple years and she's more open to stepping outside of her comfort zone now. Especially after watching that interview, I really think this album is going to be a lot different than anything she's done before. I can't believe we have to wait 8 more months!
With the way she talked about working with different people she's always wanted to work with, I think she may be working with different producers too? Not just co-writers. We know she's doing the album with Nathan Chapman again, but she could be bringing some others into the mix. Especially if she's co-writing with people that also produce (like Bruno).
I think Bruno's going to be one of the people she did a song with since he was the one she kept talking about. And we already know about Lori McKenna. ....And I'm still hopeful about Ryan Adams. haha He re-tweeted her tweet about her 2 Grammy wins Sunday and congratulated her.
Post by desertfloods on Feb 14, 2012 10:55:25 GMT -5
Great video, it's gorgeous. Love the song too. Many Taylor fans probably won't agree with me, but I really do wish there are more songs like this on her new album. I like Safe and Sound much much more than most of the songs on Speak Now. As catchy as some of those songs are, I have gotten pretty tired of those sound/themes (Mine, Sparks Fly etc) from her tbh...
When I look (at the actions,behaviours) and hear music from Adele and Taylor it's hard for me to reconcile that they are both around the same age, if not the same age.
If you're implying that Taylor is somehow immature, chew on this : how many 22year olds are multi-millionaires, just completed one of the biggest world-tours in recent music history, is fiercely adored by her fans, has 3 consecutive multi-platinum full studio albums and a Grammy for Best Album to her name, is fully in-charge of her own financial destiny and musical identity, well...I wish I was as immature as her.
Taylor Swift Not Bothered about Losing Les Mis Role Posted by Adam Sunday February 19, 2012
TAYLOR Swift doesn’t mind losing out on jobs!
The Love Story hitmaker says she didn’t get down in the dumps about losing out on the singing star role in the musical Les Miserables because it was never hers in the first place.
“I didn’t miss out on the role for Les Miserables because I never got the role,” says Taylor. ”
I was at home and I just started getting all these text messages from my friends saying ‘Congratulations on your movie role’ and I was like ‘What? I don’t understand! I haven’t got a movie role!’ So that is the real story.”
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