First Hit #1: September 1, 2012
2012 is a mix of breakups, big choruses and pleasant surprises, and Taylor Swift continues that trend with a sing-along chorus and a pretty upbeat little number about finally discarding an on and off again relationship. Swift began a something of a country artist, and she does still retain some residual acoustic guitar that hints at her former sound, which is actually a really nice addition to what is essentially a straightforward pop song. It’s also got that chorus that’s easy to sing along to, enough asides that show Swift is at least able to have fun with the idea of a relationship imploding, and a general upbeat and kind of fresh sounding track. A lot of people dislike Swift, but honestly I’m not sure why, she’s just a pop star who likes to explore various niches. I would argue that she has yet to find her sound – she has country instincts that she’s trying really hard to ignore here, even if they do subtly surface – but in searching for her sound she’s at least doing something a bit special that still works.