This album is good in certain points - Last Time with Gary Peabody is an excellent song, much more mature than anything else Swift has done to date, and by rights this song should be a big hit for her.
However, the rest of the album left me feeling a bit neutral. Even the hit song Trouble didn't really do it for me. And while We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together has a catchy chorus, it sounds like something Hannah Montana would sing. The spoken parts and the whole vibe of the song bring to mind an angsty, trying-to-be-supercool US teen in high school, prattling on to her friends about how, like, she is never, like, getting back with this boy!
Apart from Last Time, the whole album was a bit American teen-angst for me, which is surprising as Swift is way past her teengae years. It's definitely her best album to date, but it gives you the feeling that, like Bieber, Swift lives in her own world, full of record company execs telling her how brilliant she is at what she does and how she shouldn't ever change it. Unfortunately, she really does need to change - to write some more mature songs and break out of the girlfriend/boyfriend songs into detailing more mature realtionships. If she doesn't, she'll find herself left behind, which is a shame because she has potential.
This album also shows up the weakness in her somtimes reedy vocals. Taylor Swift is not a great singer, but then she's not a terrifically bad one either. But overall this album inhabits the same bubble of US Teen World, along with bubblegum, the Olsen Twins, Justin Bieber, US High School, and, like, first-time love.