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Catchy tune, nicely made video with some well-thought out symbolism (boy draws curtains on her, she is in the band rather than the 'out-in-front' cheerleaders, she wears white at the prom and the bad girl wears red, etc)... but not necessarily a great piece of work. In fact, not sure it holds up much without the video.
Music is in constant evolution but what is being marketed, today, as country is no longer country...it's not even close.
And it used to be all about "The Song"....not many of those being written anymore...or at least being recorded. As some of the commenters pointed out: 'didn't really like the song (music, lyrics, meaning etc) but liked the video'. It's all about the visual now adays...no need to interupt the 'music' with a real song!!
When "alt" music first reared it's ugly head, it was described as: "music written by someone with no life experience, performed by someone with no life experience for an audience with no life experience". While there is always an exception to most rules/opinions, I think the aforementioned quote applies 100% to taylor swift.
But what do I know? I just know the Music Business is no longer about music; how sad.
I heard the song several times before learning the singer. Funny thing; it wasn't on any of the country stations! Just listening to the song made me thing of all the crushes I had as a teenager where I was the best friend who understood better than the boyfriend. It brought a smile to my face when I thought of all the teen drama I lived through and that my daughter is going through now. I tell her everything will work out the way God wants if she will let Him. I survived and so will she and her friends.
Well, Country music has been the new pop & R'n'R since at least 1989. It's not a new development. If you want to hear the latest in female "rock" try Miranda Lambert... bubblegum pop? Taylor Swift... killer harmonies that harken back to The Eagles & Fleetwood Mac? Listen to Little Big Town. "Rock" has been dead for a long time and country has been wildly popular since "rock's" demise.
The reality is this music isn't being made & marketed to a generation (mine) who actually could recognize a good song, wanted good songs (yes, there were a few duds) and demanded them. If we didn't buy the product the 'Bigs' got the message.
McMusic tastes the same anywhere...that's how it's done nowadays. And it's not restricted to music...if you can stomach it...check out those 'hit' TV shows...ugh!
IMO, those who perpetuate and consume this confectionary excuse for music are doomed to reside in Perpetual Prepubescent Purgatory! Come to think of it, PPP suitably describes the genre as well.