Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift (2006), 4/10
Fearless (2008), 4/10
Speak Now (2010), 6/10
Red (2012), 5/10
1989 (2014), 5/10
Reputation (2017), 5.5/10
Lover (2019), 4/10
Folklore (2020), 4/10
Evermore (2020), 3/10

Taylor Swift, raised in a wealthy family of Pennsylvania who moved to Nashville specifically to help her succeed in the world of country music, was the unusual country-music star (and songwriter) who, a teenager herself, addressed her songs to the younger generation. Taylor Swift (2006), containing the hits Teardrops on My Guitar (a languid country ballad) and Picture to Burn (a rowdier honky-tonk number), was her breakthrough; and Fearless (2008), containing the smooth, poppy Fifteen was her first best-selling album of the year. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Swift's You Belong With Me was voted best video by a jury that obviously had seen very few music videos in their career.

The route to stardom continued with Mean (an unusually lively ditty), off Speak Now (2010), perhaps her best album (or at least the most personal), the danceable We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and the hard-rocking (by her standards) I Knew You Were Trouble, off Red (2012), possibly her best album. She became recognizable for the bubblegum dance-pop of the Max Martin creations: Bad Blood, Shake It Off and Blank Space, off 1989 (2014).

In 2016 she mainly made news for clashing with Kim Kardashian and ever obnoxious rap star Kanye West.

The songs of Reputation (2017), mostly composed by Martin, Shellback (Johan Schuster) and Jack Antonoff, notably Look What You Made Me Do (not written by Martin), were not particularly more tedious and banal than the previous ones, just she had decided to impersonate the villain. Five consecutive Swift albums had topped the Billboard charts.

In 2019 Swift was named the world's highest paid celebrity by Forbes magazine Me (by Joel Little) was the first single off Lover (2019), followed by You Need to Calm Down.

Folklore (2020) remained eight weeks at the top of the US sales charts. Most of the songs were composed and produced by Aaron Dessner (The National), including the mega-hit Cardigan, while Jack Antonoff composed and produced some of the most interesting, like Mirrorball and This Is Me Trying, and Exile was a collaboration with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).

A few months later she released Evermore (2020), another collaboration with Dessner, which is basically a collection of leftovers.

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