The Story: Following the end of a relationship, a girl finally decides, eight months later to go on that first date, again starting over taking a first step to begin a new relationship and renew her faith in love.
Taylor Swift: Begin Again – My Thoughts | After her chart-topping first single from the upcoming album, Red, Taylor Swift again enchants us. This time with the second track from said album, in this song that seems to retreat to her country roots. When I first listened to it, I was unimpressed by, what seemed, a copy-cat plot. On the surface, it comes across no different than Swift’s usual writing and in many platforms it is.
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Multiple plays since has changed my mind – this song is so much better than ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ For the first time in a long time, a Swift song tells a compelling story of new love that paints the hero as a gentleman. In novels, songwriting or film, no matter the media, it’s hard to find a guy who fits that description. So I do applaud Taylor for giving us a guy who stands when she enters the room or pulls out his date’s chair as Taylor replies, and you don’t know how nice that is. But I do.Taylor Swift: Begin Again Single Review #FWarchives Click To Tweet
The progression of the song is really pretty and its notion inspiration almost “sounds” vintage (which does apply to the music video); essentially, it encourages “bravery” to put yourself out there again. To her credit, Swift handles this song beautifully – the vocals sound great and match the tempo of the music well in addition to the sound coming across as more mature, plus the lyrics seem well put-together, which is something we usually expect from Swift but in a more teeny-bopper form. When the last line is softly breathed, I realize that though I don’t always personally connect with the her lyrics, she’s not lacking for writing talent; basically, this is a soulful, simplistic song that I sort of love. Even taking into consideration the back-and-forth (stereotype) comparisons of the old boyfriend vs. the new guy, ‘Begin Again’ is a testament to that.
About the Song:
Writing Credits: Taylor Swift
Label: Big Machine Records
Genre: Country, Pop
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5
And 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 8 months
Thinking all love ever does
Is break and burn and end
But on a Wednesday in a café
I watched it begin again
– Taylor Swift
Tell me, which of the three songs off Taylor’s upcoming album do you like? What are your thoughts on this “Taylor Swift: Begin Again” track? Did you like it or no?