Sounds like: Pop music at its best; compare to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Pink
Top tracks: "I Knew You Were Trouble," "The Last Time," "Starlight"
We might have been able to predict the career trajectory of Taylor Swift. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter seemed destined to shed the country aspects of her sound and embrace the pop chart spotlight. With her fourth album, Swift only vaguely looks backward, letting touches of banjo and fiddle creep into the Top 40 mix. Otherwise, she and radio-friendly producers Max Martin and Shellback look to the future with dubstep and bass-heavy pop dominating the conversation. Outside of that, the prevailing mood stays the course with Swift exploring relationships past and present in pained, loving, and defiant tones. There's little in the way of spiritual uplift, outside of the occasional fist-pumping chorus. But for a harmless trifle of a pop record, it doesn't get any better than this.
Copyright © 2012 Christianity Today. Click for reprint information.
Subscribe to Christianity Today and get access to this article plus 65+ years of archives.
- Home delivery of CT magazine
- Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com
- Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives
- Learn more
Read These Next
- TrendingCompany that Trademarked ‘Worship Leader’ Makes Others Drop the TermPopular meme accounts lose social media pages after being reported by Authentic Media, which says it coined the phrase.
- From the MagazineIs It Time to Quit ‘Quiet Time’?Effective biblical engagement must be about more than one’s personal experience with Scripture.
- Editor's PickShift Your Bible Reading into a New GearJonathan Pennington has written the rare study aid that equips without oversimplifying or overwhelming.