Speak Now [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Kanye West bum-rushed Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, the world rallied around Swift not because Kanye was a "jackass," as President Obama so succinctly summarized, but because the singer/songwriter conveyed the fragility of adolescence on her 2008 breakthrough, Fearless, so successfully that she inspired instinctive protectiveness even among those who never spent much time with the record. Not timid or a tart, Swift seemed like a genuine girl on Fearless, perhaps treating her songs a little too much like diaries, but that only made them more affecting. If anything, Swift ramps up the confessions on her 2010 sequel, Speak Now, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Kanye West bum-rushed Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, the world rallied around Swift not because Kanye was a "jackass," as President Obama so succinctly summarized, but because the singer/songwriter conveyed the fragility of adolescence on her 2008 breakthrough, Fearless, so successfully that she inspired instinctive protectiveness even among those who never spent much time with the record. Not timid or a tart, Swift seemed like a genuine girl on Fearless, perhaps treating her songs a little too much like diaries, but that only made them more affecting. If anything, Swift ramps up the confessions on her 2010 sequel, Speak Now, but circumstances have changed: few listeners, if any, would have a clue about the identity of the boy who belongs with Taylor, but now that she's a superstar, anybody with a passing familiarity with pop culture can discern which songs are about Kanye, Taylor Lautner (her ex), or Camilla Belle (the actress girl who stole Joe Jonas out from under our heroine). Not that Swift takes great pains to disguise who she's writing about -- not when she's writing "Dear John," an elegant evisceration of lecherous lothario John Mayer. Such gossip mongering is titillating but fleeting, suggesting that the charms of Speak Now are insubstantial, but Swift's gift is that she sets the troubled mind of an awkward age in stone. She writes from the perspective of the moment yet has the skill of a songwriter beyond her years, articulating contradictions and confessions with keen detail and strong melody. Tellingly, underneath all her girlishness -- and Taylor makes no apologies for being girly as she baits mean girls, dreamily thinks of stolen kisses on a sidewalk, or fantasizes about stealing away her ex-lover at the altar -- there's a steely strength. She walks away proudly from breakups and never dwells on mistakes; she moves forward. The same could be said about the sound of Speak Now itself, which is no great progression from Fearless but rather a subtle shift toward pure pop with the country accents, such as the Dixie Chicks foundation of "Mean," used as flavoring. But that blend of pop and country, while certainly radio-friendly, is nearly as distinctive to Taylor Swift as her songwriting voice. She may be not a girl, and not yet a woman, but on Speak Now she captures that transition with a personal grace and skill that few singer/songwriters have. [A Deluxe CD/DVD version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • UPC: 843930006038
  • Catalog Number: 350
  • Sales rank: 3,068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mine (3:50)
  2. 2 Sparks Fly (4:20)
  3. 3 Back to December (4:53)
  4. 4 Speak Now (4:00)
  5. 5 Dear John (6:43)
  6. 6 Mean (3:57)
  7. 7 The Story of Us (4:25)
  8. 8 Never Grow Up (4:50)
  9. 9 Enchanted (5:52)
  10. 10 Better Than Revenge (3:37)
  11. 11 Innocent (5:02)
  12. 12 Haunted (4:02)
  13. 13 Last Kiss (6:07)
  14. 14 Long Live (5:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ours (3:59)
  2. 2 If This Was a Movie (3:56)
  3. 3 Superman (4:37)
  4. 4 Back to December (4:53)
  5. 5 Haunted (3:39)
  6. 6 Mine (3:52)
  7. 7 "On the Set" Behind the Scenes of "Mine" Music Video
  8. 8 "Mine" Music Video
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taylor Swift Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Hand Clapping, Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken Percussion
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Smith Curry Lap Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Drums
John Gardner Drums
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Michael Rhodes Bass
Tommy Sims Bass
Chris Carmichael Strings
Tim Lauer Hammond B3
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, 12-string Guitar
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Caitlin Evanson Vocal Harmony
Tim Marks Bass
Amos Heller Bass
Nathan Chapman Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping, Guitar (12 String Electric), Synthesizer Organ, Vocal Harmony
Paul Sidoti Electric Guitar
Grant Mickelson Electric Guitar
Mike Meadows Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping
Nick Buda Drums
Al Wilson Percussion, Hand Clapping
Liz Huett Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Brian David Willis Engineer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Chris Carmichael String Arrangements
Jed Hackett Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Bethany Newman Illustrations
Todd Tidwell Engineer
Josh Newman Illustrations
Lowell Reynolds Engineer
Dean Gillard Producer, Instrumentation
Chad Carlson Engineer
Taylor Swift Composer, Director, Producer, Art Direction
Nathan Chapman Programming, Producer, Engineer
Hank Williams Mastering
Joel Quillen Engineer
Jeremy Hunter Engineer
Roman White Director
Mark Crew Instrumentation
Matt Ward Producer, Instrumentation
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