This is essentially a love theme for a cheesy teenybopper movie, minus the movie.   The clunky songwriting isn’t encouraging, given this is the lead single from her upcoming album.

It’s a series of been there, done that lyrics, with a particularly forced Romeo and Juliet reference throughout.   I can only imagine that she didn’t read the play, given that a fairy tale ending is tacked on at the end.  Awkward literary allusions aside, Swift’s single is further derailed by a cluttered production that highlights her limitations as a vocalist, rather than disguising them.

Swift has put out a couple of good singles before this, but this is one of her weakest efforts to date.   Hopefully, “Love Story” is not representative of her sophomore effort.

Grade: C

Listen: Love Story

Buy: Love Story