Speak Now

~ Release group by Taylor Swift


Speak Now (deluxe edition)CD + Enhanced CD14 + 6
  • CA2010-10-25
Universal Music CanadaORBM 7333823674733322
Speak NowDigital Media14
  • CA2010-10-25
  • US2010-10-25
Big Machine Records
Speak Now2×CD14 + 8
  • GB2010-10-25
Big Machine Records602527493947602527493947
Speak NowCD14
  • GB2010-10-25
Big Machine Records602527493954602527493954
Speak NowCD14
  • US2010-10-25
Big Machine RecordsBTMSR0300A843930003976
Speak Now (Target deluxe edition)CD + Enhanced CD14 + 10
  • US2010-10-25
Big Machine RecordsBTMSR0300B843930003983
Speak Now (deluxe package)Digital Media22
  • XW2010-10-25
Big Machine Records, LLC
Speak NowCD16
  • JP2010-11-10
Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)UICO-12004988005637925
Speak Now (deluxe edition)CD + Enhanced CD16 + 10
  • JP2010-11-10
Big Machine Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)UICO-1201, UICO-12024988005637932
Speak NowDigital Media16
  • JP2010-11-10
Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)602527546698
Speak NowDigital Media17
Taylor Swift Karaoke: Speak NowCD+G + DVD-Video14 + 14
  • US2010-12-20
Big Machine RecordsBTMSR0330A843930003990
Speak NowCD14
Big Machine RecordsBTMSR0300A843930003976
Speak Now (extended version)Digital Media24
Big Machine Records602527540245
Speak Now (deluxe edition)2×CD14 + 6
  • US2012-01-17
Big Machine RecordsBMRTS0350A843930006038
Speak Now (Repress)CD14
Big Machine Records, Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)2749395602527493954


associated singles/EPs:Back to December
Sparks Fly
Speak Now
The Story of Us
part of:Billboard: The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s (number: 51) (order: 3)
Wikipedia:en: Speak Now [info]
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/288143 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gzx2 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/taylor_swift/speak_now/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002025410 [info]
Wikidata:Q385122 [info]

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They grow up so fast these days, don't they? Having taken the lion's share of the writing credits on 2008's mammoth-selling Fearless, all of the songs on Taylor Swift's new album are self-penned, betraying the sort of accomplishment that should keep her sitting pretty in the rock firmament for as long as she likes. Still only 20, that could be a mighty long time.

Although Nathan Chapman is still in the producer's chair, there's a perceptible, sonic move away from Nashville; the shift had clearly begun on Fearless, managing the crossover to the global mainstream with ease, but Speak Now plugs a sturdy marker in the pop-rock soil. On current single and terrific opening track Mine, the slide guitar is buried so deep in mix, it's almost apologetic - or even a joke at the expense of Swift's roots. But the twang in her voice is here to stay, somehow reinforcing the emotional heft of her homespun tales of teen love and loss.

Those preoccupations remain to the fore, yet a creeping maturity is plain. On serene ballad Dear John, Swift wonders, "Don't you think 19's too young to be played by your dark, twisted games?", and later, on the spidery Innocent, she sighs, "It's okay, life is a tough crowd". This is a more bruised writer than the young Juliet on Love Story. Last Kiss is heartbreaking ("You told me you loved me so why did you go… away?"), a lump in the throat to a music box waltz. Nestled amid all the love and regret, however, are sunburst pop nuggets like Never Grow Up and Enchanted that would brighten any daytime radio playlist. And on closer Long Live, personal reflections take on a more triumphant tone, a late shot of versatility that underlines Swift's narrative skill.

Talent to burn has its own pitfalls, of course. At 14 songs - and most comfortably over four minutes - Speak Now is too long, and when you've heard half a dozen perky laments you've heard, well, quite a lot. Swift is less convincing too when practising a snarly edge on Better Than Revenge or letting rip with her overwrought inner Bonnie Tyler on Haunted, but these only jar because quality elsewhere is so high. With some judicious - let's have it then - tailoring, this is a sparky and affecting record, moving Swift on at a stately and assured pace.