"Sparks Fly," Taylor Swift

Monday, May 14, 2012

source: BigMachineMusic.com
Taylor Swift has been in and out of my head a lot lately, and I have no explanation for it. The latest one is "Sparks Fly," which is a song I think she actually wrote quite early on in her career but didn't release until her latest album, after fiddling with it a little bit.

I'm sure I've said it before, but I find her earlier writing on the whole much more impressive than the stuff she's done on more recent albums (particularly "Fearless"). "Cold As You," "Teardrops On My Guitar," "Tim McGraw" are all songs that, to me, strongly hint at a burgeoning poet. "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" ... not so much, in my opinion.

Anyway, I was happy to hear that Taylor was going to release this song at long last ... There's nothing terribly extraordinary about this song, but it's a sweet reminder of Taylor Swift the way she was before she became the Girl Who Has Everything. I like the lines: "the way you move is like a full-on rainstorm," "my mind forgets to remind me / you're a bad idea," and "just keep on keepin' your eyes on me."

I hate what she's done with this video ... When most other artists do a concert footage collage, it seems like a nod to the fans. But when Taylor Swift does it, it seems like a nod to herself. How many clips of her thrashing her gold locks do we really need to see? And as much as I like her, I find her to be an incredibly annoying performer. Her stage mannerisms seem smug to me, rather than sexy or "fierce" or whatever it is she's going for. I'd much rather just see her sit down with a guitar, instead of skipping or prancing around the stage. Awkward ... for me, anyway.

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