In the lead-up to 1989, I’m listening to a lot of Taylor Swift (to be honest, most days I’m listening to a lot of Swift).
As part of that, I’m rediscovering her debut album, Taylor Swift, released in 2006. Guys, it’s so delightfully country. Of course, duh, she was originally a country artist. But picking up heavily with Fearless, there were strong pop threads — that only got more prominent at the years went on — throughout all her subsequent work.
Sure, you’re likely aware (and/or obsessed with) early singles such as “Should’ve Said No,” “Picture to Burn” and “Our Song,” but — in honor of Throwback Thursday and Swift’s album release month (1989 is almost here!) — let’s relive some of her first album’s underrated country gems. Like:
“A Place in this World”
Choice Intro Quote: “I wrote this when I was 13 years old and had just moved to Nashville. I knew I wanted to end up making music and on a record label, but I didn’t know how I was going to get there.”
Choice Intro Quote: “I started writing songs when I was 12 years old. The reason I started writing songs is because I was so lonely at school. I did not have that many friends in school growing up. And you know what? I started writing songs about it.”
“Mary’s Song (Oh My My My)”
Choice Intro Quote: No time! She goes straight to the lyrics.
Choice Intro Quote: “This is a song about a girl who loves a boy who loves somebody else.” (Trick! She’s not talking about “You Belong With Me.” It hasn’t been written yet!)