Y’all know how Taylor’s music gets a little clichéd with the recurring themes of love and the broken-hearted-blues and yada yada, so much so that you create a pre-conceived notion in your head before you hear the song by just reading the song title itself? Well this might just be one of those times, but whatever you do – DO NOT SKIP THIS SONG. I’m not exactly a Taylor Swift fanatic, but way before she became a crossover megastar with her pop-tinged cuts, Taylor Swift had unveiled her thoroughly flaw-free self-titled all-country début album, which remains one of my fave country albums of all time. Somehow and somewhere down the line, everything became a bit too pop. Now, on the verge of releasing her 4th studio album ‘Red‘ due October 22nd, Swift unveils the second single from the album, ‘Begin Again‘. And I’m really REALLY glad that the song exudes the all-country feel of her first pair of hits, the now classic – ‘Tim McGraw‘ and ‘Teardrops On My Guitar‘ – that brings back the old Taylor Swift from her ‘Should’ve Said No‘ days. Hallelujah.
The new song boasts of a familiar theme for Taylor, but with a different, and a rather welcome approach. Break-ups have literally shaped Taylor’s career, of course with the help of her incredible song-writing skills, and her latest single, as per usual, focuses on a break-up. But before you grimace at the song title, give it a listen. ‘Begin Again‘ is a well-crafted, lush and somber country ballad that subtly, yet superbly chronicles the vulnerability of someone who has experienced a painful break-up for no fault their own, and is going out on their first date with someone new post break-up, only to realize that reciprocated love is not exactly a myth.
“You throw your head back laughing like a little kid / I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny, cause he never did / I’ve been spending the last eight months / Thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end / But on a Wednesday in a café / I watched it begin again,”
The song might have come across as a sappy mush-fest through someone else’s words or voice – but Taylor gives the song just the right mix of affection and vulnerability with a hint of optimism. Check out ‘Begin Again‘ right here :