Taylor Swift – “Should’ve Said No”

Matt Clark | May 14th, 2008

Taylor Swift Songwriter: Taylor Swift

Someone “should’ve said no” to this one.

Problem number one is that this song is way too loud. It starts out with that nice banjo lick and then — wham! — I’m diving for the volume control.

Problem number two is the distorted background vocal, used only once, when Taylor echoes herself on “give back to me,” which makes it an even odder production choice. Really, it makes me think that whoever dreamed this one up had grander things than country radio in mind.

Problem number three is that Taylor’s vocal performances, even on studio tracks, just seem to be getting worse. In reality, all of these singles are from the same album and were recorded in a sequence unrelated to the single chronology, so Taylor’s not actually getting worse (right?), but I must be getting better at noticing it. The magic of the studio can iron out Taylor’s vocals enough that the obvious pitch problems that characterize her live performances are gone, but this performance is still grating to listen to, because even when Taylor is not pitchy, she’s screechy.

Problem number four is that I don’t anticipate that a large portion of Taylor’s fanbase will be able to identify with this song. This isn’t burning an ex’s picture for some real or imagined transgression, and I don’t think that cheating, the event that precipitated this breakup, is endemic in U.S. suburban high schools (at least not cheating of the country variety). But Matt, you’ve called on Taylor to write and record more mature material. How can you not like a cheating song?

Enter problem number five: Taylor’s vocal interpretations are just not amenable to material like this. This is a cheating song, not an ode to puppy love, yet Taylor’s performance still sounds like a hair-flipping come-on to a high school crush. The result is a song that sounds, despite the subject, like the least mature thing that Taylor Swift has ever put out.

And it’s that last problem that concerns me the most. I’d like to think that Swift can only get better as she matures, but “Should’ve Said No” has me doubting that making music for middle schoolers is something that Taylor will ever outgrow.

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  1. Rick
    May 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Its nice to see that Taylor’s mesmerizing spell she cast initially is starting to fray around the edges a bit here at the enlightened 9513. I’ve always felt all the media hype gave her an amazing wardrobe of the “Empress’s New Clothes” that discerning folks would all see through eventually, musically speaking that is. First it was Hollerin’ Ben seeing Taylor perform live at Stagecoach a couple of weeks back (and feeling embarrassed for her) and now this.

    With Taylor eyeing acting roles and announcing a jeans endorsement, even apart from all the magazine covers, she is evolving into a full fledged pop star media sensation. The pop re-mix of “Teardrops on My Guitar” was just the first salvo. Although she will remain based in the country realm as her foundation of support, she will be venturing everywhere that looks interesting to her in the meantime.

    I’m like so totally over Taylor already…

  2. shiloh
    May 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I am so over Taylor Swift- Her live performances ruined it for me

  3. Lucas
    May 14, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Huge Taylor fan, this song doesn’t do much for me.

  4. Baron Lane
    May 14, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    But..but..but…the stupendous eye makeup!!!!!

  5. Lynn
    May 14, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I’m not a huge Taylor fan. Mainly because I’m out of her demographic and her live performances leave a lot to be desired. However, I do recognize her talent. She can write lyrics that people her age can relate to and a good hook. That said, this is definitely the worst of her singles. I hear you Matt C. on all levels. But given her popularity – she is still selling 20,000 albums a week! – is it going to matter? No. I’m more interested to see what she comes out with on her next album than a new single.

  6. Julia
    May 15, 2008 at 6:17 am

    This is by far one of the weakest tracks on the record and a shocking end to her freshman series of singles. That’s all I can say about “Should’ve Said No” as the choice for what I assume is final single from this album.

  7. Chris N.
    May 15, 2008 at 8:23 am

    This has always been my favorite song on the record. Sue me!

  8. C
    May 15, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I love Taylor, and I like this song alright, so obviously I disagree with your rating. However, I certainly see where you’re coming from, and I greatly respect your opinion. But there’s one thing I really don’t get. You say, “‘Should’ve Said No’ has me doubting that making music for middle schoolers is something that Taylor will ever outgrow.” As you yourself mentioned earlier in the review, this isn’t a new song. Yes, it’s newly-released as a single, but it was written and recorded at the same time as all of the other singles from this album. Expecting a progression over the course of singles from one album doesn’t make sense. It think it would be wise to reserve judgement until you’ve heard some of her new material. If you still feel the same way, so be it, but at least then she’s had a real chance to have grown.

  9. Chris N.
    May 15, 2008 at 11:05 am

    “Expecting a progression over the course of singles from one album doesn’t make sense.”

    I’ll second that. How is she supposed to mature from one single to the next when they were all recorded at the same time?

  10. Matt C
    May 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    C and Chris: I noted in the review that these songs were recorded at (roughly) the same time, so I’m not expecting them to show maturation. My point is that this song suggests that Swift only knows how to sing a song one way, and that way is not going to work for mature material. Of course, she could surprise me with some material on her next album (which will show maturation or lack thereof).

  11. Leeann
    May 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I enjoy this song. I can’t qualify the reasons, but I think it’s catchy and I enjoy the production. Her voice is always less than polished though, which is fine too. Don’t worry though, I’m not like a super big fan of hers. I simply respect that she has talent and I still maintain that she has a lot of potential. Hopefully, she can improve her live performances as she gets older.

  12. Chris N.
    May 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I think the whole reason her album clicked is that it isn’t “mature’ — it sounds like a 16-year-old (as she was at the time) singing about what it feels like to be 16, whereas most artists her age tend to sing about things they don’t understand yet and sound out of their depth. I just have the feeling that she’s going to know exactly how to transition artistically into adulthood. She’s a very smart cookie.

  13. Matt C
    May 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Well, I guess that only time will tell.

  14. Brady Vercher
    May 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    The maturation of singles from the same album argument threw me at first, as well, but I think she missed an opportunity to ease the transition into her second album here.

    Matt mentioned that all the songs were recorded at the same time, but she did re-release the album late last year with a few new songs on it. The significance of that is that she could have included a song that was slightly more mature and showed vocal improvement as well. I’m not familiar with her album or the new material, but I’m assuming that at least one of the new songs could have achieved one or both of those goals. A better vocal could have silenced critics on that front and they could have gauged the response of the track to steer the direction of her next album and decided whether or not her fan base would go for a more mature Taylor Swift.

    If they did go for it, then the first single from her next album could show a little more maturity and they wouldn’t have to worry about it tanking because the anticipation would be high for new material, otherwise, they’d know to release something more inline with what she has been doing.

    Who knows what the future holds, but it seems like she could have done much more with this release.

  15. Leeann
    May 15, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I realize I’m simplifying here, but perhaps it would ruin the “theme” of the album if she had included something more mature as one of the new tracks on this album. Then again, I realize that she might have been able to do both: do something more mature and stick to the sound/teen thing as well. I don’t know…

  16. Chris N.
    May 16, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Just a side note: As she mentions here, the “new” songs on the ‘Deluxe Edition’ were written when she was 15:

    http://tinyurl.com/4omneh

  17. Leeann
    May 16, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Yeah, it really makes sense to me that she would simply include more songs from the same time period to maintain the flow of the album so that everything will fit together rather than have songs that feel out of place.

  18. Brady Vercher
    May 16, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I dunno, maintaining an “immature” flow to me doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying something had to stand in stark contrast to her old material to show maturity and just because she was younger, it doesn’t mean any of her material couldn’t be more mature. Ashley Monroe wasn’t much older than Taylor when she wrote her songs and they show more depth.

    Even though Taylor did write the songs when she was younger, it didn’t mean she recorded them at the same time as or original album. She had probably worked with a vocal coach quite a bit since the original release and could have released something a bit stronger vocally. I’m not arguing that this single is horrible, I just think they missed an opportunity to show progression.

  19. Bryan Camp
    May 17, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you so much for saying what many of us think- and are afraid of sayinig. Taylor is one of the worst vocalists in country music right now- or in any genre…yet somehow she is adored and given the key to the city of nashville, as if she is the best thing since sliced bread? I just don’t get the hype. She will never be Carrie Underwood vocally– not even close. Heck– she would be lucky to even aspire to miranda lambert’s level of vocal ability…. I heard her live and it was horrendous…..Simon cowell on american idol would have destroyed her. She is getting by on her looks and her youth– she is playing the youth card for all its worth, and everyone is buying it. They are like “oh– she is only 18, and look how cute? She writes her own songs! wow!” So they ignore how bad she is vocally, or how weak her songs really are. To think she is actually nominated for album of hte year and female vocalist at the ACMS. That is an insult to country music as a whole– especially since hte other ladies sing circles around her. I would like to hear her sing Jesus Take the Wheel: dogs woudl howl and people would run from the place.

  20. JazzFan
    May 17, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I can’t believe the girl even got a record deal?? Why can’t people see how bad she sings live? I think her fans are brainwashed or something– it is like a cult like miley cyrus or britney spears back in the day. Britney could never sing either- and miley is no carrie underwood vocally either. But for whatever reason- the teens love her- they dress like her, scream for her– it is sickening. People like leanne rimes and martina- carrie underwood, etc- are like Steak, and taylor is like a 99cent hamburger…all fluff, no substance. SHe has no range or power in her voice– no substance. Her live performances are atrocious– I was at Stagecoach fest recently too, and she was so bad that people left to get beer and wait for the real artists to come on. but her teenybopper fans loved her anyway– ignoring her bad singing as if it was great. Then Carrie Underwood came on the next night– and she roared through the desert with so much power and clarity— she made taylor look like someone in a middle school play trying to cover Phantom of the opera and failing miserably. She also wore a skimpy pink negligee and acted like she was 40 instead of 18.

  21. Chris N.
    May 18, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Boy, these last three commenters sure do seem awfully similar.

  22. Brady Vercher
    May 18, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Chris, there’s a good reason for that. They are all the same person. I did a search and she’s assumed 13 different names while posting here and it always seems to revolve around Carrie. I’ll delete a couple of them since they pretty much say the same thing.

  23. Robin Ann Hunt
    May 18, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Thanks Rick:

    “I’ve always felt all the media hype gave her an amazing wardrobe of the “Empress’s New Clothes” that discerning folks would all see through eventually, musically speaking that is”

    I have used this analogy many times. I am not a Taylor fan but I wish her all the success she can create.

  24. Nick
    May 18, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hey all,
    I went to Taylor Swifts concert a couple months ago (yes, i am a fan) and I was expecting her to sound like she does on her live television performances. I was shocked by her vocals. They were so great! Also, I have been to a Carrie Underwood (and keith urban) concert and was amazed by how lame it was. Carrie sounded great, but her stage presence was lacking. After Taylor’s concert, I not only realized how smart she is, but also how great she can entertain an audience.

  25. Oscar V.
    May 18, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Taylor’s performance of this song at the ACM awards was AMAZING!!! She certainly silenced all of those naysayers who’ve badmouthed her song writing and/or performance abilities. I predict that this is going to be her next number 1 hit.

  26. Nick
    May 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Ya, her performance last night was great! Who else can sound that good soaking wet?! I wish she woul’ve made her next single “The Outside”. I like that song more than “Should’ve said no”. Also, I wanted to say that I have heard 3 of the new songs on her second album and they are great.

  27. Doog
    May 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I’m not sure why you folks say she only has one way of singing. This track starts out slow and progressively gets faster and faster. I thought she has done a great job with both slower and faster, more upbeat tracks. Isn’t this completely different from “Teardrops on my Guitar?”

  28. Doog
    May 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    But, I do have to say, she OBVIOUSLY switched mic’s in the middle of the song at the ACM awards!
    Other than that, her performance was great!

  29. Val
    May 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    in her deffence it says GET back to me not GIVE back to me

  30. Razor X
    May 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Oscar V. said: “Taylor’s performance of this song at the ACM awards was AMAZING!!! She certainly silenced all of those naysayers who’ve badmouthed her song writing and/or performance abilities. ”

    She did? Not from what I’ve been reading. That performance has been almost universally panned. It is arguably the worst performance ever on any ACM or CMA program.

  31. Creek
    May 22, 2008 at 9:02 am

    This artist is a disgrace to Country Music. Her vocal talents are terrible and radio is turning there head to promoter her bueaty over actucally skill. The ACM and CMT performances were a joke.

  32. Stormy
    May 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    This is a cheating song, but it certainly skews far closer to the high school demographic than a “Homewrecker Blues” or even “Forgive.”

  33. Mark
    May 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I think that a reason why she liked so much is because she seems like a normal teenager. Her voice is more relate able like how her songs are. Also, her performed very well at the ACM. She show emotion in the song. It would be a bad choice to make her sound more mature. The reason why she has become so popular is because she is expressing feeling of people her age not people in their thirties.

  34. Stormy
    May 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Unfortunately for her, trend artists that seek out the appeal of teenagers tend to have a shorter shelf life than her hoodie.

  35. Razor X
    May 22, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Stormy said: “Unfortunately for her, trend artists that seek out the appeal of teenagers tend to have a shorter shelf life than her hoodie.”

    Unfortunately for her, fortunately for us.

  36. Mark
    May 24, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    This site always tries to undervalue her my saying middle schoolers and teenyboppers. One point i would like to make is her fans are more in high school and in their twenties. She doesn’t have t he same fan base as Miley Cyrus. Also all the time people try to degrade these people by their youth. If it was on an educational value for high school and college students they have higher levels. So when u say her fans are all teenyboppers think if in ur life u have accomplish what they already have at their young age. So lay off her fans when writing articles about Taylor Swift.

  37. Mark
    May 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    This question is for Matt C or any of the other writers of the website.

  38. Mike Parker
    May 24, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Finally listened to this one and actually kind of dug it… who da thunk it? I don’t think it’s Grammy worthy or anything but it’s the first one since “Tim McGraw” that I actually found myself enjoying.

    I don’t know how it’ll register after a few more listens, but I thought the tone was consistent, and that the arrangement had a lot of originality. I’m still not sold on her as a singer, but if she keeps her head on her shoulders, and gets a few more words in her vocabulary, she’ll be a top tier writer… eventually.

  39. katie
    May 26, 2008 at 9:45 am

    what are you talking about? this song is amazing?
    the big thing that i liek about it though is alot of people can relate to exactly what she says in this song.
    i this she is awesome.

  40. B. Jonathan
    May 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    With the album still riding high on the charts and her ever-expanding popularity, it will be interesting to see if the CMA voters treat her with the same adoration as the Academy of Country Music despite her limited vocals and borderline lyrical talent.

  41. Tiffany.M
    May 27, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I’m with Lynn she sounds O.K on the CD,but live she is horrible!!!!!almost as bad as miley cyrus!LOL

  42. Matt C.
    May 27, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Mark, I’m having a hard time recognizing the question in what you wrote.

  43. Mark
    May 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Every time there is remark like “Should’ve Said No” has me doubting that making music for middle schoolers is something that Taylor will ever outgrow. Well her main age group is not middle schoolers or teenyboppers but every bad article review it says that who is she making music for. Instead Saying who her real fans are you lower their age when they are either from 16-25.

  44. Brady Vercher
    May 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Out of curiosity, do you have any stats proving what Taylor Swift’s listening demographic is? And why exactly can’t they be called teenyboppers? Who does that term apply to?

  45. Mark
    May 27, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    A teenybopper (or tweenybopper) is a vernacular socially constructed term by marketing professionals and psychologists referring to the age-span before a child hits their adolescence, particularly girls

  46. Matt C.
    May 27, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    You still haven’t asked a question, and, as Brady said, you’ve only offered your opinion (and someone else’s definition of teenybopper, a term that I never used in the review). The question that you seem to be implying is “why doesn’t this review share my perception of Taylor’s fan base?” and my answer is “because you didn’t write it.”

  47. Mark
    May 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    So you have implied that Taylor sings for middle schoolers because you don’t like the song. Its a put down that has nothing to do with song. Do you have any facts of Taylors Demographic?

  48. Mark
    May 27, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    That like i were to say i doubt Willie Nelson will ever stuff singing songs for people that are too old to hear. Yes there are people of different ages but since i don’t like him his music is for old people that can’t hear. (I don’t have a problem with Willie Nelson he was just an example)

  49. Mark
    May 27, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Stop not stuff

  50. Mark
    May 27, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    And you also still have not answered my question of why its necessary to say middle schoolers. More of an attack on her fans then to her song. Saying that she will never outgrow singing for middle schoolers when clearly many of her fans are not in middle school. Another question i would like to add is if you had been cheated on and you were singing the song you would sing it loud because she angry she not calm she is showing emotions. Though you say cheating is a more mature subject there is cheating in High school and the fact of the matter is she is still in High school. It would be fake if she sang the song like she was in her thirties. She in High School so she should sound like the song is from a high school. It most likely the first time she was cheated on. You Said is endemic in U.S. suburban high schools (at least not cheating of the country variety. This yet again another thing that you dont understand. In High School and college there is a lot of cheating i would say more so then if you are older because they think they will get away with it. You also seem to undermine the level of high schoolers, yet Taylor’s performance still sounds like a hair-flipping come-on to a high school crush . They can fell relationship on different levels. You Don’t have to be extremely old for that. A fact is if you take and Sat or an IQ tested I would laugh at how many high schoolers would score beacoup more than you.

  51. Mark
    May 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Also before doing a review i would at least get a few more facts and get the songs lyrics right its get back not give back.

  52. Chris N.
    May 27, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    “A fact is if you take and Sat or an IQ tested I would laugh at how many high schoolers would score beacoup more than you.”

    If you’re going to insult someone’s level of intelligence, always make sure your spelling and grammar are airtight.

  53. Matt C.
    May 27, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Okay, I’ll answer that question.

    I suppose it’s not “necessary” to say middle schoolers (and you’ll notice I alluded to high schoolers earlier in the review). I wrote it because 1. I believe them to be an important part of the Taylor Swift demographic and 2. it makes my point. You disagree about the composition of Taylor’s fan base but have no data to support that assertion (admittedly, I don’t have any to support mine). Thus, we’ll have to agree to disagree.

    I have nothing against middle schoolers (after all, I used to be one). However, I do have ideas about what kind of music ought to be played on country radio. I don’t want to hear the Wiggles played on country radio, but that’s not because I hate toddlers. You and I obviously have different ideas about what makes a good country song and it doesn’t look like we’re going to convince one another of anything.

  54. J.R. Journey
    May 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Why all the hoopla over such an insigificant subject matter? In reality, the biggest portion of Taylor Swift’s fans are in middle school, high school – or maybe recently graduated. Especially the most vocal ones like we are seeing every time Ms. Swift is mentioned here at the 9513. So I don’t get why it’s such a big deal to simply point out the facts of the demographics.

    I also don’t think that whatever demographics are true would take anything away from her talent, if I really thought she had a boatload of it or something. Fact of the matter is, she had one album that sold well and produced some radio hits … If she can survive the sophomore jinx, then she might merit intelligent discussion.

    Until then, I’d say this is a closed case …

  55. J.R. Journey
    May 27, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Oh, and I thought your review was right on the lunch money.

  56. Mark
    May 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Chris N there was just some French in there.

  57. splum
    May 30, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Never lose sight of the fact is a (very talented) TEENAGE girl.
    I’d take her over Underwood any day. And I’m way past the teenage years, myself.

  58. Razor X
    May 30, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Splum, there have been several teenage girls who have broken into country music over the years — Tanya Tucker, LeAnn Rimes, Lila McCann, Jessica Andrews just to name a few — all of whom were far more talented than Taylor and none of whom ever burdened us with the kind of juvenile claptrap that she has.

  59. Maddi
    May 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Taylor Swift is amazing. The song is amazing.

  60. northtexas
    May 31, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Maddi must be 12 and Splum tone deaf? The only difference between Taylor and Tanya Tucker, LeAnn Rimes, Lila McCann and Jessica Andrews is that all of those ladies could actually sing.

    By the way, what ever happened to Jessica Andrews??

  61. Mike Parker
    May 31, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I think what makes me mad about Taylor Swift is that she’s getting too many accolades at this stage in her career. It’s like the industry is saying she’s the best of the best- when she’s so clearly not. It worries me that she won’t try to hone her craft or improve her vocals and still continue to trade mediocrity for mega-stardom.

    She has so much potential, and so much going for her. I really would like to see her succeed. I just hope someone’s in her ear driving her to be better.

    By the way, in the too much thinking about this category- I noticed that all her releases thus far (rearranged) are the story of almost every high-school romance.

    1. Girl has a Crush (Teardrops on My Guitar)
    2. Girl has a Boyfriend (Our Song)
    3. Boy Cheats on Girl (Should Have Said No)
    4. Girl Punishes Boy (Picture To Burn)
    5. Girl Reminisces about Boy (Tim McGraw)

    So- her next release should probably be a stalker song… or maybe the good ole teenage pregnancy number. Those are always fun.

  62. Razor X
    May 31, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Mike Parker: “It worries me that she won’t try to hone her craft or improve her vocals and still continue to trade mediocrity for mega-stardom.”

    I can’t remember any other artist that garnered so many comments about the need for improved vocals. That alone speaks volumes. Taylor has a new CD coming out in the fall. It won’t be any better than the first one but it will still sell 2 to 3 million copies. If she’s lucky, she’ll have one more million-selling CD after that, and that will probably be the last we hear of her. Once her target audience outgrows her, we probably won’t hear much from her again.

  63. Casey M.
    May 31, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I don’t think you could’ve gotten it more wrong. This song is great. My favorite on the album. While I’m not one to point out every little thing that should’ve been changed, she is trying to appeal to her audience. She did. Love the song.

    Her vocals aren’t excellent live, but these days, whose are? Everything is always so worked over on albums anyway.

  64. Razor X
    May 31, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Casey said, “Her vocals aren’t excellent live, but these days, whose are?”

    Um, let’s see – Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn just to name a few.

    “Everything is always so worked over on albums anyway.”

    And that’s precisely the problem. Shouldn’t we be demanding more from entertainers than this? If they can’t perform live and sing without the use of an auto-tuner, they have no business being on stage, IMO.

  65. Stormy
    May 31, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Casey: I don’t think I listen to a single person who’s voice dosn’t sound better live than on recordings.

  66. Casey M.
    May 31, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Razor, I totally agree. We should demand more, but it seems that this thread is totally bashing Taylor. That’s cool, I don’t necessarily like her… hated her actually, but this song isn’t bad. However, the greater issue is that the public is being fed crap from record producers and it spreads not only to country, but across the board in all genres.

    Razor, you say “Um, let’s see – Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn just to name a few.”

    You name all of these older ladies that have perfected their craft, and more importantly their voice. You can’t compare a teenage girl to ladies in their forties, fifties and sixties. It’s not fair to Taylor, or even the legends you compare her to.

  67. Casey M.
    May 31, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Stormy… open your ears. You apparently aren’t listening.

  68. Razor X
    May 31, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Casey said, “You name all of these older ladies that have perfected their craft, and more importantly their voice. You can’t compare a teenage girl to ladies in their forties, fifties and sixties. It’s not fair to Taylor, or even the legends you compare her to.”

    OK, then to be fair, let’s compare her to Tanya Tucker, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Andrews, Brenda Lee, and Lila McCann, all of whom were younger than Taylor when they got started, and all of whom could outsing her by far.

  69. Mike Parker
    May 31, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I think what distinguishes Taylor is that she’s a writer. Most of my favorite singers aren’t technically great singers, but they are singer/songwriters who have their own unique voice AND vocals. I think she has both right now… they just need to be honed.

  70. Razor X
    May 31, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I don’t know how anyone over the age of 12 can even listen to her stuff.

  71. Stormy
    May 31, 2008 at 4:45 pm
  72. Rolyat
    June 1, 2008 at 12:58 am

    You can’t really judge someone’s performance live without going to their concert. Carrie Underwood sounds good on TV, but her concert was so bad. She showed no emotion, and brought no excitement to the audience. Taylor was such a great entertainer and singer. I watch the award shows, and she never sounds as good as she is in person. These two clips were the closest I could find to capturing her live voice accurately, but still do not show her full potential. Her voice definitely improved in the last 2 years to match and pass the voice on the CD.
    And judging by her performance at the ACM’s…I don’t think she treats this song like an an “ode to puppy love”

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=xaLFlrfKYNg
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=hRFdYzCGmlU

  73. Rolyat
    June 1, 2008 at 1:03 am

    And how can you say this is better than Taylor:
    Leann Rimes- http://youtube.com/watch?v=G17z9DjjEOA

  74. Razor X
    June 1, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Rolyat, I’m not a huge LeAnn fan, but that performance was infinitely superior to anything I’ve ever heard Taylor do. Do you really think Taylor would even attempt to do a song that required her to yodel?

  75. K-Man
    June 1, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    “Casey said, “You name all of these older ladies that have perfected their craft, and more importantly their voice. You can’t compare a teenage girl to ladies in their forties, fifties and sixties. It’s not fair to Taylor, or even the legends you compare her to.”

    OK, then to be fair, let’s compare her to Tanya Tucker, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Andrews, Brenda Lee, and Lila McCann, all of whom were younger than Taylor when they got started, and all of whom could outsing her by far.”

    The reality is, what does it matter? Everyone is strong in different areas. Not that I would want to listen to someone who can’t sing, but Taylor can. He vocals don’t bother me very much, and I certainly enjoy this song.

  76. Courtney Elise
    June 1, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I am a Taylor Swift fan, so i’m a little offended by this. Maybe it’s bcuz i am in middle school that i like her (and i hate to break it to you, but middle and high school kids do cheat…a lot). Other artists (rascal flats…) sound like crap live too, keep in mind besides having to be a country artist she also has school to keep up with. She was around 16 when she recorded this song so she’s not gonna sound like a 40 year old singing. This wasn’t an “ode to puppy love,” or sound like one. This is one of my favorite songs on her CD. And by the way, if it’s too loud, you’re too old. :P

  77. northtexas
    June 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I’m not a Taylor fan but do believe the criticism here (including mine) is bordering on the ridiculous! She is just 18 and it’s not like any of us are being forced to listen to her music.

    Courtney Elise, Taylor is very fortunate to have such a passionate fan as yourself!

  78. Razor X
    June 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    “The reality is, what does it matter? Everyone is strong in different areas. Not that I would want to listen to someone who can’t sing, but Taylor can. He vocals don’t bother me very much, and I certainly enjoy this song.”

    It matters because Taylor can’t sing but the others I mentioned can. Yes, everyone is strong in different areas. Singing is not Taylor’s strong area. It matters because she is taking up valuable space on radio playlists that could be going to more deserving artists who CAN sing.

  79. Tom
    June 4, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Razor X,
    The thing is …Taylor is a GREAT entertainer. She has talent. Her voice, though not the best yet, is great. She has a great attitude. She is beautiful. She is very sweet. She can entertain an audience. She has lots of potential. She is a great role model. All of these things contribute to making a good Artist. She doesn’t just sing the words…she sings them with emotion. She is a genuine girl who is living the American Dream. Everyone likes a good success story..especially one with a strong voice, amazing looks, and an great personality.

  80. Stormy
    June 4, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Tom: I notice that your list of things that Taylor does well did not include singing or writing.

  81. Razor X
    June 4, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Tom said, “…Everyone likes a good success story..especially one with a strong voice, amazing looks, and an great personality”

    Strong voice? Taylor? Even you conceded that it’s “not the best yet”. Even with all the auto-tuning and Pro-Tools trickery in the world, she still doesn’t sound good.

  82. Tom
    June 4, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks Stormy, I don’t know how I forgot that. Add Song writing to the list too.

    Because I said she isn’t the best singer out there doesn’t mean her voice is bad. She just isn’t at the top yet. She is definately up there though. Unless you have heard her in her tour bus singing acoustically LIVE, then you cannot say she has a bad voice. I was able to experience this and it was wonderful!

  83. Razor X
    June 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    ” Unless you have heard her in her tour bus singing acoustically LIVE, then you cannot say she has a bad voice.”

    If her autotuned vocals on her CD are bad, how is the live performance going to be better? There have been many, many reports from people who have heard her sing live, that she consistently sings off-pitch.

  84. Lizzy
    June 4, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    At first i didn’t like the song but when i saw the perfermance on the ACM’s it got me hooked.

  85. Stormy
    June 5, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Tom: I have heard her sing live–on awards show that don’t let her sound people tweak the quality. That’s why I think she can’t sing.

  86. Casey M.
    June 6, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I’m pretty much going with everyone else on this one. It’s done. What does defending your opinion on a blog matter? That being said, I must add one last comment.

    Bottom line is that I like Taylor Swift. She is a song writer, which is much unlike a lot of artists out there. She is going after what she wants and providing her audience with what they want… which is apparently unlike all of the people mentioned above, considering the fact that most haven’t had a top selling album in around about a decade (if longer).

    If you like Taylor Swift, keep buying her albums. Keep requesting her music. That is how her album went three times multi-platinum (remind me when the last time the other “phenomenal” artists produced those results…) and how it spawned 4 top ten singles (and sure to be another with Should’ve Said No).

    Someone’s opinions on a random blog can’t change that.

    My personal satisfaction comes from the fact that Taylor isn’t slowing down, and the people still want her. I’d be willing to bet that the people that voice their dislike of Taylor will have something to talk about for years to come.

  87. Kayla
    June 12, 2008 at 2:43 am

    First off, the success that Taylor Swift has had with her debut album and all 5 singles amazes me. I thought her performace at the ACM Awards was by far the best performance that show has ever seen, and the standing ovation prooves that.
    For those that think shes not going to get better over time, and for those that think that this song Should’ve Said No is her worst by far you are all truely mistaken at what this young lady has to proove. If you’ve forgotten she is only 18 and her debut album was released when she was still young…of course the songs off that album are going to go in the direction of high school crushes and relationships…I praise the young beauty for not singing songs that are out of her age limit.
    Taylor’s lyrics are honest and easy to relate to, thats what her fans like about her.
    So for you all that love to go on and on about her being crap…get a life!!!
    This young lady has alot more left in her and shes only going to get better and better, and her new album will proove that in the comming year!!!

  88. AAA
    June 12, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Taylor Swift rocks and if you can’t see that-why waste your time talking about her like that? She has fans who absolutely love her and she gives so much to them. Agreeing with Kayla, GET A LIFE and stop bashing Taylor.

  89. Mike Parker
    June 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Why would you waste you time talking about how great she is? You can ignore negative comments as easily as I can change the station.

    That said… I’ve got that stupid ole pickup truck line stuck in my head- and it won’t leave. I’ve come to the conclusion that good and catchy are not synonymous.

  90. Frank
    June 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Someone “should’ve said no” to this terrible review of the song before it was published on here. I can only assume that much of the bitterness towards Tayor which I’m reading on here is due to either jealousy over her success or a refusal to embrace the “hottest thing in our format right now”, as was said about Taylor on the recent episode of Nashville Star. Truth be told, Taylor has written one of the era-defining albums in country music and has brought a whole new generation of fans into the fold. I’m sorry if that means your favorite artists are getting a little bit less airplay these days, but there was no way to avoid that in view of all of the awesome songs which are on her album, including “Should’ve Said No”.

  91. Funk
    June 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Frank, that’s all fine but I think most of the criticism here is about her singing ability, which you don’t address.

    She misses more than she makes. Unless she improves, she’ll eventually disappoint her large fan base when she performs live.

  92. Mike Parker
    June 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Frank,

    The album showcases a talented young songwriter with a lot of potential, but era-defining is a bit much, don’t you think? Unless maybe this is the era of mediocre angsty teenagers, this album does not define an era. I can’t imagine looking back five years from now and saying… that Taylor Swift album is the one that started it all… can you? If so, what did it start? Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood do the exact same type of songs that Taylor’s doing. Taylor’s just seem to have a bit less polish than Carrie’s and a bit more bubble than Miranda’s.

    She is very, very likeable and seems to have a lot of respect for her peers and for country music. I don’t think any one here is rooting against her, they’re just holding her to a standard of artistry equivalent to the standard of fame she’s acquired.

    I thought the singing on Faith Hill’s first album was horrible, and don’t get me started on her cover of “Piece of My Heart,” but she’s become a much better singer with time. Some of her song choices…(throat clearing sound) red umbrella… aren’t perfect, but she has definitely become better with age. So will Taylor. Don’t make the mistake of leaving her nowhere to go but down.

  93. Funk
    June 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Taylor sounds good here though:

    http://tinyurl.com/2s4x6q

  94. Michael C.
    June 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Frank, I have to disagree about the album being “the era defining album in country music.” True, it has brought a new generation of fans, but I doubt that the country audience as a whole would consider this album anything special. I just don’t think that these songs will be around 15-20 years from now, and still being enjoyed by radio listeners. I think that she is a well-marketed, mediocre singer-songwriter, and hope that she is able to enjoy the ride for as long as possible.

    Also, for kicks and giggles, check out http://www.nashvilleroast.wordpress.com – a little mean-spirited, but quite entertaining.

  95. Frank
    June 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I couldn’t disagree more when it comes to Taylor’s voice and her singing. I have seen her in concert three times now, and the thought never crossed my mind once that she was having any pitch problems. I happen to be a musician with music released on iTunes and other places, and I do a lot of work in the recording studio. That being said, as I listen to Taylor’s debut album I find myself extremely impressed by her vocals. It was her beautiful vocals which drew me to her songs and album in the first place. I think the piece written is very one-sided, and it obviously reflect the opinion of 0.1% of the population. Why not write an article praising Taylor for all of the good she has done for country music and the fact that she has brought respect and excitement back to it, instead of writing a biased article which does nothing but tear her down and show a lack of respect and appreciation?

  96. Mike Parker
    June 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    So if I polled 1000 people, showed them her performance on Nashville Star from Monday, you believe that I’d get only one person saying “uhh. that sucked?”

    Be realistic. I had four people in my living room and 75% of us were staring blankly at the TV while 25% of us turned off the television.

  97. Michael C.
    June 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    25% of us turned off the television….lol

  98. AAA
    June 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Taylor rocks. Say what you like Mike but all of us Taylor Fans won’t put up with it.

  99. Mike Parker
    June 12, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    If you look around you’ll see that I’ve praised her as much as I’ve panned her. I think my desire for her to live up to her potential probably makes me a bigger fan than those who love blindly… but by all means, use my opinion of her mediocre debut as fuel to your fire.

  100. Frank
    June 12, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Good point made by my friend Jo who took a look at this review:

    (from the review above)– Problem number two is the distorted background vocal, used only once, when Taylor echoes herself on “give back to me,” which makes it an even odder production choice.

    “Give back to me”? This guy didn’t even listen well enough to know the correct lyrics of the song, so how can he comment on other aspects of it? grrrrrrrr.

    Well said, Jo.

  101. Oscar V.
    June 13, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Let the numbers speak for themselves. Taylor Swift’s performance at the ACMs video posted on YouTube by bkushner3 generated 614,870 views and has 2,356 ratings averaging 5 stars. If you read the 3,531 comments posted in the video you’ll understand that viewer opinion was positive overall. I did’t say that everyone loved it because there are trolls exist on YouTube as Razor X on 9513.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArGFNYrazCU

    Other numbers from ACMs: Make The World Go Away 37,541 by CUallamericangirl. All I Want To Do 138,083 by bkushner3. ShiftWork 3,227 by bkushner3.

    These numbers were documented as of 01:15 a.m. June 13, 2008 Mountain Time Zone.

  102. Michael C.
    June 13, 2008 at 7:37 am

    This is a review – not a statisticul study of an artists’ popularity.

    Billy Ray Cyrus sold 9 million albums – do you think he is one of the most talented artists in country music history?

    Again, I am not trying to put down Taylor….obviously, she is doing something right. I just happen to agree with the reviewer, and she’s just not for me.

  103. Mike Parker
    June 13, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Oscar,

    Run Hannah Montana’s numbers. Then try the Jonas Brothers. Then the Naked Brother Band, See a trend? Taylor has a good grip on the young generation of CD buyin’, digital downloadin’, concert goers. That’s great for her. It’s a demographic that country music needs. But it proves very little besides that she has a lot of “YouTube Generation” fans.

    Now, in 5 years- where do you think Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and the Naked Brother Band will be? Odds are that they’ll be too old for the next generation of fans, and that all their current fans will have turned on them for being “too cheesy.” Taylor needs to avoid that by making sure her music matures along with her fans. If we can agree on that, then we can agree that her music right now is a bit immature. It’s not a bad thing, because if she were singing the same songs Martina sings, then she wouldn’t seem at all credible. As long as she continues to act her age, she’ll be fine. But if she rests on her laurels, she’ll fail. I’ve seen no evidence either way, but I’m excited to hear what’s next.

  104. Oscar V.
    June 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Micheal and Mike.

    I didn’t compare her to Billy Ray nor his daughter.

    The numbers I refered to were ACM performances ONLY. They were there to prove that Taylor’s “Should’ve Said No” was best performance of the night. No other video, of any other singer, of any other song, for the ACMs even comes close.

    Its up to 635,589 now in case anyone wanted to know.

  105. Mike Parker
    June 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Shoot… If I were to pick any ACM performance to watch again it’d be hers too. But not because it was the best performance of the night, because she’s a lot more pleasing to my eye than Ronnie Dunn.

    I don’t think she sounded bad at the ACMs… I think that was actually the first time I didn’t have anything bad to say about her vocals. Of course there’s plenty of speculation they were lip synched.

  106. Oscar V.
    June 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Watch the video again. You’ll notice closer to the end of the song she hugs her guitar player and places the microphone behind her back. One of the backup dancers then grabs her mic while the other hands her a fake one. From then on they play a recording that she’d made earlier that day which is why it sounds different from her album.

    Can you blame her? Other than risk electric shock going under the waterfall, a real microphone would have picked up the water hitting it. Not to mention that her voice would most likely have cracked while she was under water.

    Try singing in a cold shower and you’ll understand.

  107. Diana Laflamme
    June 27, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Being quite critical of speakers, music, singers, etc. my ear is quite attuned to clarity, vocals, musical instruments; I pick up painful to the ear productions. I love Taylor Swift; her music is bouncy, catchy and well produced. Her lyrics are written in a different way with pauses in unexpected places and almost missing some words that are there but sung so quickly you might not hear them the first time you listen to the song. Apparently when she writes a song she can also hear which instruments would be playing when the song is produced – quite a talent there! Her beauty, personality, honesty and ability to charm the audiences are bonuses that put the whole Taylor Swift Package together. By the way I am old (really old) – 62 years! But guess what? Taylor Swift makes me feel like I am 15 again! There’s the answer to who is her fan base – I don’t think there are any limits.

  108. Dustin k
    June 28, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    every one that said bad about taylor swift u guys dont understand life and some of them right but she was only 15-16 when the songs were written and she was 18 when she sang them songs have nothing to do with maturity they are personality so who cares u guys have a stuck up personality like simon that hates every thing. and u cant compare her to most other country singers because they are 10 to 30 years older and so are some of u guys u just dont like the tone of her voice its not bad vocals its called bad ears… or u just like a difrent tone then hers well who cares keep it to yourself.

  109. Funk
    June 29, 2008 at 1:05 am

    You are very right. Thanks for telling it like it is.

  110. Bobby
    July 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I’m not a big Taylor Swift fan, and this is probably my least favorite single of hers, but I don’t think that she’s a bad singer at all. A bit pitch-y and screechy at times, yes, but her voice at least has personality. Yes, she still has some things that need improvement, but I could imagine that the impact of such a big career already hitting her might have her more than a little bit nervous. After all, it’s not like she started out singing at age three like LeAnn Rimes did.

    This isn’t a standout song, and it might not even make #1, and maybe it doesn’t sound a whit like country, but I can listen to it without cringing. Maybe I’m just more tolerant, maybe I’m just crazy.

  111. Ken
    August 7, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    To Bryan Camp: Taylor is far superior to Carrie Underwood. I hate the song Jesus Take The Wheel. Underwood’s popularity comes from a pop-base too. Without Idol, she would not be nearly as popular. I love Should’ve Said No. It is her best yet.

  112. Lauren
    August 23, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I have a lot of respect for Taylor because she is a true artist: she can write, play her own instruments and entertain a crowd. Comparing an artist with an average voice that can write and perform his or her own music to a singer with a fantastic voice that pays writers and musicians to give them songs, I will always have more respect for the former artist. Country music has always included some of the most talented musicians and writers in music and, especially now that country is becoming more and more manufactured, it’s refreshing to see a young artist that doesn’t need to outsource their songs, even if her voice isn’t stellar.

    If you want to question Taylor’s maturity, please don’t base it off of a dozen songs that were written when she was 15. Give her a chance to release her next album and let’s see what she can do with a few more years under her belt. If she is still singing about puppy love, then by all means, question her maturity. But I think what she has released so far is perfect coming from a teenager. She’s not trying to sing about adult emotions, and I applaud her for not trying to dive into something bigger than her.

  113. Stormy
    August 23, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    How about singers who have amazing vioces, write amazing songs and play their own instruments? Where does Taylor stack up with those?

  114. Lauren
    August 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Stormy – I can’t claim (nor did I claim) that Taylor is the next Garth, or any of the other greats. However, is it impossible to have respect for both amazing singers/writers/musicians and simply ‘good’ singers/writers/musicians? What Taylor is writing is not legendary by any means, but it’s fun, catchy music that is appropriate for a teenager to be singing about.

    I have found that I tend to enjoy artists more if I respect them. In a music industry where lip-syncing is the norm and most artists care more about the way they look on magazine covers than the music they put out, I am happy to see a young talent actually write and play her own music. Maybe that’s the musician in me coming out, but I like to see artists performing their own work. Bobby said it well a few comments above mine when he said Taylor’s voice had ‘personality’. I like that description – yes, it can be a bit off-pitch and shaky but I’d rather listen to that than some over-produced voice that has been tweaked to perfection. Taylor’s music isn’t the stuff of legends, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

  115. Denise
    August 23, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Actually Frank and all others who say that Taylors debut is the defining album of this generation and that she has been the catalyst for a whole new generation of country fans, I would have to disagree with you there, Carrie Underwood already has that title, need I remind you Carrie kicked the door open for Taylor to pass through, Some Hearts is the album of the generation and Carrie has the awards and accolades to dispute your post. Taylor may have the business savvy down but Carrie has been the torch bearer for a new generation of country fans. Period

  116. Stormy
    August 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I would argue that she is exactly a new Garth Brooks–and over rated marketing tool. Does it really matter that Taylor writes her own music if “Should’ve Said No” is the best that she can do? Would she not be better off covering Matraca Berg or someone who can craft a compelling song?

  117. hairandtoenails
    August 23, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Denise says that “Carrie kicked the door open for Taylor to pass through.”

    Since this is a metaphor (Carrie didn’t literally kick any doors open), how exactly do we know that Taylor would have encountered a metaphorical closed door had not Carrie been there first?

    What exactly was the closed door that Taylor would have faced? Her age (but see Tanya Tucker and LeAnn Rimes), her gender (lots of women singers pre-Carrie), her subject matter (Carrie really doesn’t sing about the high school topics Taylor favors)?

    Moreover, lets assume that absent Carrie, Taylor Swift would have faced a closed door. Ok. What’s to assume that Taylor wouldn’t have simply opened the door herself (with help from record labels, etc)?

    No doubt most (all?) of today’s artists operate in a world of possibilities and constraints that artists of a prior generation helped create. But more specifically, what constraints would Taylor have faced that Carrie removed?

  118. Funk
    August 23, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Taylor may have the business savvy down but Carrie has been the torch bearer for a new generation of country fans.

    Ok, but Carrie never wore a wet t-shirt on national television.

  119. Troy
    August 24, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Okay i know this has nothing to due with this song but Taylor got her first Top Ten song on Billboard Hot 100 for the song Change.

  120. Todd
    September 7, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Wow! thank you for finally getting real about Taylor’s pitchy voice! I doubt she can even hear it and doubt she’ll learn how to correct it? You’re born with it or you’re not. Sure modern technology can pitch correct recordings, but live performances are a bit more difficult to cover up. 5 yrs ago she’d not even been considered, let alone signed! Taylor’s success is all about the record industry loosing big time $$$ ! and trying to feed us some glittery darling to consume. Disney has the corner market on that. Country Music fans please wake up and don’t be so gullible!!!

  121. Alyssa
    October 3, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    i think you are crazy! shoud’ve said no is an amazing song with great instrumental parts and taylor has a great voice. i love the way the song starts out sad and quiet, and explodes into a burst of anger and emotion. it is a really personal, emotional song that shows off taylor’s true talent. taylor is an amazing new artist and this is one of my favorite songs.

  122. chey
    October 5, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    i love her song: shoul have said no. and her performance was the illest. i am not a country fan but i still love taylorswift. and each song i hear just seems to get better so sue me!

  123. Razor X
    October 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    “and her performance was the illest.”

    Yep, it sure made me feel ill.

  124. dallas
    October 5, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    RazorX. Taylor Swift did a great job that night.

  125. EMmie8
    October 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    YOu rock Taylor swift!!!!!!!!!!!I love the song “love story”!! :):):):):)

    From EMmie8

  126. Trent
    November 11, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    What an awful website this is. I’ve read A LOT of BS on this site over the few minutes I’ve perused it. I’m not even going to dignify some of the posters a response to their hate speech. All we can truly hope for…as Taylor continues to sell more records (check iTunes sales)…is that this site will crash forever. I’ll even sign off as she does.

    lovelovelove
    -T-

  127. Rainbow
    November 11, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Ah, yes, because someone doesn’t share your love of Taylor, their opinions are obviously just a bunch of BS…

  128. J.R. Journey
    November 12, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Do not feed the super fans, Rainbow. ;)

  129. shalana neumann
    November 25, 2008 at 10:12 am

    your music is the best ever the best country music ever

  130. Rainbow
    November 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Superfans galore.

  131. terru
    December 1, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Have just seen/heard the ACM performance of Taylor’s. I reckon it will be regarded as a classic and enjoy it more each time. That’s what its all about!
    Yes, I did notice that she failed to pitch the notes correctly in the first half of the song, and amazingly was perfect under the “shower” and wouldnt be surprised that some manipulation went on. Singing live isnt easy, with nerves and possibly not being able to hear oneself through the monitors/ or hear the music it is all to easy for pitch to stray.
    There’s probably 1000s of singers out there that can sing better than Taylor, but that isnt what sells. Hell, bob dylan couldnt sing in pitch in the studio…and live, LOL, but who wants to hear carrie underwood sing dylan songs. Sure, comparing taylors songs with dylan is ridiculous, but you hopefully you get the point.
    Cheers.

  132. Razor X
    December 1, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Translation: Taylor’s performance sucked but it doesn’t matter because she sells millions of CDs. Who cares about talent, it’s all about $$$$.

  133. nessa
    May 4, 2009 at 1:06 am

    by d way, even if u ppl say she is gud or bad, is anyone going 2 care??????? and fearless is better than her debut album (agree, anyway ur opinions aren’t going 2 make much difference 2 her fans) white horse, you’re not sorry r d most mature songs on d album (there u go, u wanted mature songs, right????????) nd there r more, just that i don’t care 2 spend time listing them. after fearless, i can say she sounds better. if u don’t agree, check out rolling stone’s 4-star review 4 fearless.

  134. nessa
    May 4, 2009 at 1:40 am

    “Should’ve Said No” has me doubting that making music for middle schoolers is something that Taylor will ever outgrow.” she was 15 when she wrote that song!!!!! still, at least u know, d point is dat THIS IS AN IMMATURE SONG. she didn’t sing it well. but her other songs (i mean on fearless) r thankfully much better.

  135. nessa
    May 4, 2009 at 1:44 am

    nd she sounds better on beutiful eyes than on ‘taylor swift’. even d lyrics r better, with d exception of ‘wake up nd smell d break up’. i’d understand if it was ‘feel d break up’ but since when did ppl smell break up’s? point is she wrote those songs at 13 and ‘taylor swift’ at something around 14-15. y r beautiful eyes’ lyrics much better (excepting d line i mentioned above)????? but at least she has outgrown dis on fearless.

  136. merlefan49
    May 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I’ve never seen the “talent” vocally with Taylor.Or her appeal to people who claim to be in their 50’s and older.
    While I’m sure she writes from her feelings, the themes of her songs don’t appeal to me an almost 49 year old. Her new headline tour really uses the old smoke and mirrors trick.

    With costume changes, dancers dressed in “Period costumes” She opens in a high school band costume set changes and projection on the stage.

    If she is such a “gifted” entertainer as her fans would like you to believe why does she have to resort to these distractions.

  137. Razor X
    May 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    nd she sounds better on beutiful eyes than on ‘taylor swift’. even d lyrics r better, with d exception of ‘wake up nd smell d break up’. i’d understand if it was ‘feel d break up’ but since when did ppl smell break up’s? point is she wrote those songs at 13 and ‘taylor swift’ at something around 14-15. y r beautiful eyes’ lyrics much better (excepting d line i mentioned above)????? but at least she has outgrown dis on fearless.

    Would you mind writing in English? They do still teach English in the schools, don’t they?

  138. nessa
    May 6, 2009 at 12:02 am

    razor x, just because you are so woefully ignorant about short forms of words, does not mean we all are, understand???????????? im sure plenty of people would understand that. it’s called chat language.

  139. nessa
    May 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

    which u obviously have no clue of, do you??????

  140. nessa
    May 6, 2009 at 12:33 am

    “Would you mind writing in English? They do still teach English in the schools, don’t they?”

    yes they do, and that too very well. think before you write, see????????? obviously you don’t, since you couldn’t understand what i had typed above. and why are you pointing this out when the topic of discussion is a taylor swift song?? what connection do you see between my writing what i have written and ‘should’ve said no’??????? plz answer, won’t u?? or, if you don’t understand what is typed, the translation is : please answer, won’t you? hope you can understand this, at least. (P.S: dis msg is only 4 razor x. nd i want a reply from razor x. hope u can understand wat is typed above. if u don’t, well, frankly, i cud not care less. but i want a reply b4 some 2-3 days. nd doubtless, u hve no clue of wat is typed above, do u? i doubt u do.)

  141. nessa
    May 6, 2009 at 12:41 am

    razor x, plz reply when u UNDERSTAND wat i hve typed. if u don’t, all u hve 2 do is type dat nd i’ll translate it 4 u. which doubtless i will hve 2 do. bcuz u will not UNDERSTAND dat v don’t spend d whole day laboriously typing complete words. v 2 hve 2 do other things, don’t v? or were u under d impression dat v sit at home, doing timepass nd waiting 4 other reviews 2 come out so dat v can mke bad comments abt it? do u UNDERSTAND or will i hve 2 translate wat i hve typed abve 2???????? but remember, im waiting 4 ur reply.

  142. nessa
    May 6, 2009 at 1:21 am

    im sorry, i misspelled ‘beautiful eyes’ abve.

  143. Matt B
    May 6, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Nessa,

    this isn’t a place where text message (txt msg) protocol is needed. you can type out the words. it doesn’t save you time to do those crazy short hand text words.

  144. nessa
    May 6, 2009 at 6:07 am

    the point is, i was rushing out of the house at the time. i certainly don’t mind typing out the words completely. i just had to do some other work. again, i say, i have absolutely no problem typing out the words completely . just razor x’s comment that whether they still teach english in my school bugged me. that’s an extremely stupid comment. and im perfectly capable of reading text message the way it is typed. no offence to anyone, though im thinking you might take offence after all that i’ve typed. and i don’t blame you, im sorry, all right? i’ll refrain from doing that in future. and besides, why are we discussing my typing/english skills in the review of a taylor swift song? please don’t comment on it again (this applies to everyone, please, even razor x, because your comment bugged me so i typed whatever i did), i already got the point of what is being told. or typed, that is.

  145. Razor X
    May 6, 2009 at 8:20 am

    what connection do you see between my writing what i have written and ’should’ve said no’???????

    It was impossible to determine because what you had written was incomprehensible. If you want to be taken seriously, don’t massacre the Queen’s English.

  146. gaetano
    May 22, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Taylor Swift is hated in nashville.I`m in studios every day and she is the main subject.Nobody likes her here and its not jealousy,it`s just embarrasing to professional singers that this so call fake country singer with a voice of a 6 year old has be put on stage of make believe.Please don`t insult the country music world with this no talent,not country,singing child.

  147. C
    July 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    ok. really? i’d like to see you try and sing OR write as many hits as taylor does. just TRY. this sing is amazing.

  148. Jess
    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Whoever wrote this review is a retard!

    Taylor rules and all her songs are really great, and anyone who doesn’t think so needs brain surgery!

  149. tayswiftfan
    August 31, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    matt c,
    how about next time you critique the top selling artist of the year just remember… she’s the top selling artist of the year! her tour is about to pass michael jackson’s thriller. so you should probably get off your mom’s couch and find something to do other than bash talented artists.

  150. tayswiftfan
    August 31, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    oh and merlefan49 she doesn’t have to resort to distractions. go read any interview with her and she’ll tell you that she does these things because she enjoys them. and i think its safe to say her fans enjoy them as well.

  151. Joseph
    September 13, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I dont like this song. I dont like the way she sang here. Too much electric guitar. Lyrics and tune are pretty catchy though

  152. DIANNA F.
    July 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    TAYLOR IS AMAZING!!!OK SO WHAT ARTIST DOESNT HAVE A TIME WHERE THEY FLUNK OUT OR MESS UP. EVERYONE DOES!!!!!! GET OVER IT. LOOK HER UP ON YOUTUBE AND ULL SEE JUST HOW AMAZING SHE IS.

    LOOK HER UP AND ULL SEE HOW GREAT SHE IS LIVE ;)

  153. Catwandy
    April 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I guess Matt C. is eating his well-deserved crow ’bout now. Critics….gotta love ‘em , bless their little hearts.

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