Grown up girl has much to say

YP intern Amelia Katz
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Taylor Swift had her first hit back in 2006 with Teardrops On My Guitar. She's come a long way since then, but her sweet country style hasn't changed. Speak Now is her third studio album; it sold more than a million copies in its first week.

Swift said she called the album Speak Now because she thinks people should say what they are thinking - and that's exactly what she does here.

She sings a variety of styles. The first track, Mine, is decidedly catchy, while Back to December is a dreamy ballad.

Swift's autobiographical writing style has left people guessing at the meanings behind her songs. Some have speculated that the sweet Innocent is actually an attack on rapper Kanye West, who disrupted Swift's acceptance speech at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. If so, it's a very mature and poised confrontation, showing how she has grown up.

The sound of the album is similar to that of her last one, although Better Than Revenge and The Story Of Us have a soft rock vibe, showing Swift can do more than just country pop.

Almost all the songs are catchy and lyrically powerful, but the whole set can become a little tedious for those not into country. This album will still please current fans and convince doubters of her talent.

YP rating: 4/5