After the multi-platinum success that was her debut album, Taylor Swift has a lot to live up to with her sophomore album release. “Love Story” is the first single from “Fearless” and it actually sounds as if Taylor’s growing up as she sings a lyric about a young couple sneaking away for love and finding a story book ending in the process.
Using the images that little girls always love to envision (fairy tales) for love, Taylor and her producer Nathan Chapman have wrapped smartly-written lyrics up in a massively hook-filled, sugary confection of pop music. Whereas Taylor Swift had to remix her songs for pop radio before, “Love Story” only has a banjo to mask it as a country song. The thing that strikes me about the song is that it’s so sugary and Disney-like, with Taylor delivering a Leigh Nash-like vocal, that it reeks of a soundtrack song yet it will hit home with female (and many male fans) with its sweet story of young love.
Taylor Swift has delivered a massive single here. While it’s debatable whether this song even should be released to country radio given its super pop-leaning arrangement, the fact that Taylor is country music’s Number One star of the moment ensures the song’s success on that chart. I would also give 3-2 odds that this song blows up on pop radio as the song has the makings of a big hit there as well.
Support the artist. Buy the song.