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Do you like Taylor Swift? I’ve enjoyed her work ever since the 2005 single “Tim McGraw” paved the way for her self-titled debut album. The album topped the country charts for more than 20 weeks, a feat formerly achieved only by the Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood.
Her lyrics are highly biographical, and Swift has even said that listening to her music is like reading her diary, and the song “Forever & Always” was reportedly written about her relationship with Joe Jonas. Regardless of the fact that each boy who inspired one of Swifts songs has been tracked down by fans on MySpace, The New York Times described Swift as “one of pop’s finest songwriters, country’s foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her inner life than most adults”.
For me, her early work is a little too grassroots, and she really hit her mainstream stride in 2008 with the album Fearless. Said AllMusic of the record, “Swift’s gentle touch is as enduring as her song craft, and this musical maturity may not quite jibe with her age but it does help make Fearless one of the best mainstream pop albums of 2008.”