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Review of Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” Music Video

My past few posts have been a little on the downside, so I figured it’s time for a review of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” music video! As I’ve mentioned I am by no means a music professional, although I have posted about T-Swift a lot – perhaps I should write my next pop post about another artist. Anyway, here are my thoughts, coupled with screenshots and random captions.

The video starts with Swift waking up amongst a tarnished battleground. And by tarnished battleground, I mean the site of her crazy rave last night.

The video starts with Swift waking up in a tarnished battleground. And by tarnished battleground, I mean the site of her crazy rave last night.

This song and its music video were complete changes for Swift. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” Live at the AMAs – Fanboy Squeal!

Taylor Swift getting down on the cold hard ground. Sick!

Today begins my Thanksgiving break from school, which means more time for blogging! I’ll start off with this fanboy post about Taylor Swift’s live performance of “I Knew You Were Trouble” at the American Music Awards. If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to check it out here and have your mind blown.

There are several things that could have gone wrong with this performance. “I Knew You Were Trouble” is not an easy song to perform live – unlike most of her other songs, Swift can’t simply sit on a stool and strum a guitar while looking pretty. It’s more dynamic, and features dub step. As most of her fans know, it’s new territory for her.

However, she made it work wonderfully. Continue reading

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Thoughts on Taylor Swift “Begin Again” Music Video

Last week, Taylor Swift released her album Red. Earlier this week, she released the music video for one of the songs on her album, “Begin Again.” Though neither impressed me, I’m not sure I have the stamina to go through every song on her album – so this will suffice for now.

It is guaranteed that T-Swift will be gorgeous in all of her music videos. Even when she’s twirling around in a thin dress on top of a building in Paris.

As most fans noticed, Swift took a more hybrid approach in terms of her music on Red. “Begin Again” is actually one of the more country songs on the album Continue reading

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Taylor Swift Redeems Herself With “Ronan”

T-Swift at her peak, holding back tears. I admire her!

I heard “Ronan” two days ago right after returning home from school. After listening to the song for fifteen minutes, I literally had to exit out of ITunes so I could staunch the flow of tears trailing down my face.

Musically, this song is breathtakingly beautiful. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Music Video Review

Taylor Swift dancing in her pajamas with people in bear costumes playing guitars. Pretty much summarizes the entire video.

I’ve waited to share my thoughts on Taylor Swift’s latest song until its music video came out. Now it is time for Thomas to brutally analyze and tear apart T-Swift’s latest work… well, not really. At least not in third person.

Two Sundays ago I was alone in my best friend’s apartment doing laundry, and guess what song I sang and danced to the entire time? “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The fact that I’m unafraid to admit it shows how catchy this song is – unless her shining success on the charts is enough. I mean, the song title has twelve syllables, and Swift still manages to make it an upbeat, sing-along friendly pop tune.

But, that’s all it is. Continue reading

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“Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” by Madonna, and “Glad You Came” by The Wanted

Here are my thoughts on some recently-released pop songs. Feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree with my views, or if you have anything else to add!

1. “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift: I described this song in an earlier post about Taylor Swift as “emotional, haunting, and memorable.” The video validates this critique of the song, as it adds another layer of complexity to what is a pretty clear song. There’s an air of eeriness and uncertainty as Swift progresses through the video – the setting evokes a chilly and uncomfortable (in a good way) feel, and it’s powerful in its simplicity. Swift appears striking despite not wearing any makeup and plays the part of a ghostly, pure young adult well.

In an interview Swift stated that they shot the video in a cemetery, the grave site of a couple who died in the nineteenth century. And here she is, sitting on a gravestone...

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Time to Laud Taylor Swift (thoughts on “Enchanted”, “Mean”, and “Safe and Sound”)

So I’ve been planning to write a post in defense of pop music, but after watching Rihanna’s uncomfortable music video and this gaudy music video from LMFAO, I’m not sure I can anytime soon. I like “You Da One” despite my inner grammar freak’s distaste towards its title (“it should be “You’re the One”! “You’re the One!”), but it would’ve been nice not to have been constantly exposed to Rihanna’s crotch-thrusting. As for “Sexy and I Know It”, I’m capable of comprehending why the song is catchy (its beat), but the plain raunchiness of it perturbs me. I’m glad Youtube added the age block to it, because I was scarred after seeing the first minute of that video – I don’t recommend you watch it unless you want some serious sexuality displayed on your computer screen.

How does this lead me to Taylor Swift? I’ve already sung her praises (get it? she’s a singer? anyway) in this post, but due to my lack of commentary on pop music lately, I’ve decided to publish some mini-reviews/thoughts on her latest work. I’m not her hugest fan, but I respect how she keeps her work clean yet still catchy and relatable. Not that I have anything against slightly sexual music, but there are limits – limits that were clearly broken in LMFAO’s most recent video.

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Taylor Swift and “Sparks Fly”… Why Am I Single?

Taylor Swift and sparks flying... literally. Image via allthingscountrymusic.blogspot.com.

Ah, Taylor Swift. The princess of conventional country-pop music that everyone loves to hate. She’s applauded for being ordinary and plain, which actually helps her image – her normalcy sets her apart from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, etc. No one can accuse her of plagiarizing other artists because not only is her style solely hers, but she writes all of her own songs, too.

Not to say that she doesn’t use other celebrities to her advantage. Just look at Taylor Lautner and John Mayer. Those two acrid relationships resulted in two songs (“Back to December” and “Dear John”) that ameliorated the track list of Speak Now. And I doubt anyone could forget the ignominious Kanye West incident, which backfired badly and even bolstered Swift’s popularity.

So am I a Taylor Swift fan? I’d say yes, because she’s a respectable artist and her songs can be pretty darn catchy. Though some of her songs, like “You Belong With Me”, and most recently, “Sparks Fly”, really make me regret not being in a relationship so I could make everyone feel completely jealous of my hot partner truly comprehend the depth of her soulful singing.

“Drop everything now, meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me no the sidewalk, take away the pain
‘Cause I see sparks fly
Whenever you smile”

In my opinion this is one of Swift’s best songs to date. Maybe not her best music video, but the song is great. It’s upbeat and commanding, sweeping you into Swift’s sentiment over a particularly pleasant guy. The lyrics are convincing and cute (Swift’s pronunciation of “sidewalk” gets me every time) and the song supplies a chance for her vocals to shine. The video, on the other hand…

She whips her hair back and forth, she whips her hair back and forth... a lot.

It disappointed me. I’ve listened to “Sparks Fly” a decent amount of times since the album’s release and have come to love it, so I expected something more. Don’t get me wrong, the video is decent, but not as amazing as her previous productions. There was an inundation of cliche close-ups, pauses, etc. that caused the video to appear almost… sophomoric.

Ha, fireworks. Just like in the lyrics. How literal.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who would have preferred a poignant music video as opposed to one showing the concert experience. I’ve never been to a Taylor Swift concert so I can’t judge, but this lady found it lukewarm. Either way it would’ve been nice to see a more “Mine”-like concept due to the song’s strength and compelling quality.

But, I still like Taylor Swift and one average video definitely won’t hurt her in the long run. I think I’m going to go fantasize about my future partner study now…

What do you think of “Sparks Fly” (the song or the video) and Taylor Swift in general?

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