Taylor Swift-a-Thon: Taylor Swift (self titled)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Ever since she released folklore in June, I have been on a Taylor Swift binge. While Red is my favorite album of Taylor's, folklore has come very close to being second or even tied for first place. In honor of her eighth studio album, I decided it would be fun to finally listen to all of her discography! So today, I have her debut album, self titled Taylor Swift.

I cannot believe she wrote these during her freshman year of high school! This was released on October 24, 2006 and I was 12 years old. She was only four years older than me when this came out. I wasn't a big fan of country music so I didn't really listen to her music. I only heard "Teardrops On My Guitar" because a friend was listening to it. 

1. "Tim McGraw"

  • It’s hard to believe that this song is what began her career. Admittedly, I thought Tim McGraw was another guy when I heard it when it came out. It wasn’t until later that I realized he was a person.  

2. "Picture to Burn"

  • I remember watching this video and really enjoying this song. It’s so different to listen to this song now because Taylor’s voice has matured so much. It’s honestly jarring to listen and realize it’s Taylor.   

3. "Teardrops On My Guitar"

  • This song is iconic and my first Taylor Swift song, ever. I still remember listening to this song for the first time on my friends new iPod (remember those?). The video was also the first I ever saw of Taylor’s.  

4. "A Place in This World"

  • I appreciate this a lot knowing she wrote this as a freshman in high school. It’s very obvious that she’s really young in this. Not a favorite but I can understand why it’s on here.  

5. "Cold as You"

  • This was so unexpected but I loved the lyrics. I’m already astounded that she had this writing power since she was so young. “Ain't no use defending words that you will never say” and “What a rainy ending given to a perfect day” and “I've never been anywhere cold as you” stood out.   

6. "The Outside"

  • There wasn’t anything special about this song.“But no one notices until it's too late to do anything” stood out as a lyric.   

7. "Tied Together with a Smile"

  • Taylor wrote this about her friend dealing with an eating disorder, self esteem about body image and other issues. 
  • “Seems the only one who doesn't see your beauty / Is the face in the mirror looking back at you”
  • “You're tied together with a smile / But you're coming undone” stood out.  

8. "Stay Beautiful"

  • Oh, man the song is such a peak high school song in the best way. This definitely reminds me of how my friends would talk about the guys that they had crushes on. This is also such a sweet song.   

9. "Should've Said No"

  • This song is so good and I can see how her reputation of writing break up songs started. This was very repetitive, though, so there’s that.   

10. "Mary's Song (Oh My My My)"

  • This is where her love for 2 AM started didn’t it? I don’t really have much to say about this. Apparently Mary is Taylor’s neighbor? 
  • I also see she sampled the "My my my" into Lover's "Death By A Thousand Cuts" 

11. "Our Song"

  • Another song I knew because of the music video. It’s also such a country song and does fit really well with the album. I’ve always loved that this song is their song so by the end of it, they got their song.  

12. "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" 

  • I’ve always loved how close Taylor is to her family and friends, especially Abigail Anderson Lucier. Her reference to Don’t Stop Believing was a fun little twist!

13. "Invisible"

  • Apparently this is also about the elusive Drew from “Teardrops on my guitar.” He showed up at her door after she got popular to prove a point. It’s actually a pretty decent song.   

14. "A Perfectly Good Heart" 

  • This song is good, I guess? I don’t know there’s not much about it that’s life changing. I will say that I liked the line “Why would you wanna make the very first scar” because Taylor mentions scar in several other songs, especially on folklore.  

I think I knew before I went into this album that it would be one of my least favorites of all of Taylor Swift's discography. I can definitely tell that she has always been an exemplary songwriter. It’s still mine blowing to me that she was in high school when she wrote all of the songs. It’s not to say that she’s not talented, but she has definitely grown as an artist. This was very country and this is one of the reasons I’m glad I didn’t listen to it at first. I think it’s best that I had other experiences with Taylor Swift before diving into the country because I was not a fan of the country.

Taylor Swift has now become synonymous with having exceptionally strong bridges in her songs. I found it really interesting that most of the songs on this album did not have any bridges at all. I’m excited to see if that changes in her next album.

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