Taylor Swift — “Ours”
The sixth single from Speak Now (the fifth one released to country radio) is one the album’s most understated, almost folky by country radio standards, tracks. If previous chart-topper “Sparks Fly” is representative of one of Swift’s slick, sold out arena shoes, then “Ours” is a song for the coffee shop (or a couch at the CMA Awards). It’s a sound that suits Swift.
The subject matter—a cute boy, picture perfect love, and a father who may disapprove—is typical Swift, but lyrically, it’s a step above her previous work, as she stages a vivid scene from the opening verse, softly singing “Elevator buttons and morning air/Strangers’ silence makes me want to take the stairs/If you were here we’d laugh at their vacant stares/But now my time is theirs” accompanied by gentle guitar and piano.
While her previous work has shown that Swift can craft an insanely catchy chorus with the best of ‘em, “Don’t you worry your pretty little mind/People throw rocks at things that shine/And life makes love look hard/The stakes are high, the water’s rough/But this love is ours” might be the catchiest yet, worming into even the most unwilling subconscious.
Whether “Ours” is a one-off or a sign of the direction of future creative endeavors, it’s a fine song that is proof Taylor Swift’s maturation as an artist.
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