Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

It’s hard to overstate Taylor Swift’s success. She was named Artist of the Decade by the American Music Awards, after being the second highest-grossing live music artist of the 2010s—such that the Federal Reserve made mention of her impact on local economies.

And critics hailed her talent from the very beginning—Country Weekly claimed her first album (released at age 16) “suggests a talent poised to last well past high school,” while Billboard praised the “genius” of her second album.

Not all critics, though. The Guardian referred to that same second album as “a record that does something bland and uninventive but does it incredibly well.” And Slant Magazine decried “the serious limitations that she simply hasn’t attempted to improve upon since her debut,” and goes on to say “Swift’s greatest liability by far is that she’s a terrible singer.” It’s interesting to note that this extremely negative reviewer still hedges their bets on Swift’s future: “Swift’s age still gives her ample time to hone her craft into something more substantial and more sophisticated.”

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