Taylor Swift At MSG November 22nd: Why, Oh Why, Am I Going Again?
Here I am reviewing Taylor Swift at the Prudential Center on May 13th, last year: " Look, nobody turns to Taylor for deep thoughts: we turn to her for deep feelings and deeper melodies. Through two albums of brilliant country pop, one Christmas album, the greatest “Umbrella” cover known to man and the very greatest rap song (with T. Pain), she has provided it. And it carries her through this really awful two hour concert."
I was a huge fan then and now I am a fan with doubts.
1. Speak Now peaked enormously, enooooormously high songwise. But it tanked way too often. And included maybe her single worse song "Dear John".
2. The live show was a pre-programmed hosannah to herself and her fans while Swift is simply better than that.
3. The NBC special was abominable.
4. Her private life a joke.
5. She has sold, what 3M copies of Speak Now? That means she has lost half of her audience (nearly exactly as I predicted by the way)
So, why, oh, why, plonk down nearly a hundred bucks to see a show so programed to tapes and special effects there is very little room for spontaniety?
Because she is Taylor Swift and has the potential to be one of the greatest songwriters of her generation, and f you are serious about modern popular music, you must see her. She must be seen.