Speak Now

~ Release group by Taylor Swift


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Speak Now Digital Media 14 Big Machine Records
Speak Now 2×CD 14 + 8 Big Machine Records 602527493947 602527493947
Speak Now CD 14 Big Machine Records 602527493954 602527493954
Speak Now CD 14 Big Machine Records BTMSR0300A 843930003976
Speak Now (Target deluxe edition) 2×CD 14 + 6 Big Machine Records BTMSR0300B 843930003983
Speak Now (deluxe package) Digital Media 22 Big Machine Records, LLC
Speak Now CD 16 Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America) UICO-1200 4988005637925
Speak Now (deluxe edition) CD + Enhanced CD 16 + 10 Big Machine Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America) UICO-1201, UICO-1202 4988005637932
Speak Now Digital Media 17
Speak Now (extended version) Digital Media 24 Big Machine Records 602527540245
Speak Now (deluxe edition) 2×CD 14 + 6 Big Machine Records BMRTS0350A 843930006038
Speak Now Digital Media 16 602527546698
Taylor Swift Karaoke: Speak Now CD 14 Big Machine Records


associated singles/EPs: Back to December
Sparks Fly
The Story of Us
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002025410 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/288143 [info]
Wikidata: Q385122 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Speak Now [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/taylor_swift/speak_now/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gzx2 [info]

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They grow up so fast these days, don't they? Having taken the lion's share of the writing credits on 2008's mammoth-selling Fearless, all of the songs on Taylor Swift's new album are self-penned, betraying the sort of accomplishment that should keep her sitting pretty in the rock firmament for as long as she likes. Still only 20, that could be a mighty long time.

Although Nathan Chapman is still in the producer's chair, there's a perceptible, sonic move away from Nashville; the shift had clearly begun on Fearless, managing the crossover to the global mainstream with ease, but Speak Now plugs a sturdy marker in the pop-rock soil. On current single and terrific opening track Mine, the slide guitar is buried so deep in mix, it's almost apologetic - or even a joke at the expense of Swift's roots. But the twang in her voice is here to stay, somehow reinforcing the emotional heft of her homespun tales of teen love and loss.

Those preoccupations remain to the fore, yet a creeping maturity is plain. On serene ballad Dear John, Swift wonders, "Don't you think 19's too young to be played by your dark, twisted games?", and later, on the spidery Innocent, she sighs, "It's okay, life is a tough crowd". This is a more bruised writer than the young Juliet on Love Story. Last Kiss is heartbreaking ("You told me you loved me so why did you go… away?"), a lump in the throat to a music box waltz. Nestled amid all the love and regret, however, are sunburst pop nuggets like Never Grow Up and Enchanted that would brighten any daytime radio playlist. And on closer Long Live, personal reflections take on a more triumphant tone, a late shot of versatility that underlines Swift's narrative skill.

Talent to burn has its own pitfalls, of course. At 14 songs - and most comfortably over four minutes - Speak Now is too long, and when you've heard half a dozen perky laments you've heard, well, quite a lot. Swift is less convincing too when practising a snarly edge on Better Than Revenge or letting rip with her overwrought inner Bonnie Tyler on Haunted, but these only jar because quality elsewhere is so high. 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.