Its hard to know whether the Uk chart going public will embrace Taylor Swift's unfussy, simple, and sweet country music; what is for sure is that if you're a fan of the kind of music exemplified by the Dixie Chicks, you're going to love this.
America has already embraced Swift to the tune of 8 weeks of this album being number 1, only knocked off by Springsteen's newest disk, Working On a Dream
Some might label Swift's music as being a cynical approximation of country music. I would disagree. There's no denying her prettiness and the fact that she is co-writer on some (only a few mind you), of these songs. Then there's the fact that these songs seek a trajectory right down the middle of popular music; they're breezy and uncomplicated in their arrangements.
I don't think that any of these things don't mean that Swift is anything other than a great, new country artist. Swift's vocals have a subtle languidness, best heard on the lilting 'White Horse'. There is a strong sense of someone who is young, but also coming into their own as a writer on this album. The single 'Love Story' is a lyrical triumph, that suceeds in telling a memorable story. Perhaps its Swift's lyrics that mark her out the most, because it is clear on tracks such as 'Fifteen' and 'The Best Day', that Swift's music has matured since her sold debut album, which is also worth a look.
So; good, solid country arrangements, a great voice and some good lyricism. Reccomended.