[[Taylor Swift]]’s Love Story should have all my cynical senses tingling right now. You’ve got that Disney Princess dress Miss Swift is wearing in the video, the overblown sentimentality and the ballroom fantasy sequence. I could really choke on the lyrics: “Marry me, Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone.”
But – you knew there was going to be a ‘but’, didn’t you? – the slight country-rock vibe, the hints of a banjo being plucked somewhere in the background, and the idealistic but very cute video story.
I can’t help but wonder if its a tiny trip on past life regression, since Taylor is walking through her campus, sees this guy and instantly has a flashback to a grand period ball. Or is it just quaint hormonal fantasizing?
Anyway, the point is: Swift’s alluring countryfied singing voice, the brilliant chorus, even the very clever and immensely well-shot video combine to make one extremely charming and believable song.
There’s a touch of innocence and teenage naivety about the lyrics, of course, but that’s probably what works about this. My only reservation for you, dear readers, is do girls really only get married to avoid being alone?