One week after “Mean” stole the number one Mediabase spot from Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift is gearing up for the next release off of her “Speak Now” album on July 18th. Known for her songs about love, fairy tales, and an occasional mean streak, the new single isn’t much different from the themes of her past mega-hit songs. Who could blame her? Swift has been the most successful cross-over country artist of the past few years, taking over both country and pop radio and earning Grammy nominations in both genres.
While “Sparks Fly” doesn’t stray too far from her previous releases, she does what she does best: catchy, up-beat, sing-a-long tunes that will score big on the radio. Love her or hate her, this song will be stuck in your head after just one or two listens. While I would love to see Swift take on a challenge and write something she isn’t as comfortable with, this song is almost a guarantee to be another cross-over hit on both the country and top 40 charts.
The song is about having a crush on someone you really shouldn’t, but you can’t help yourself. This is a much stronger release than “The Story Of Us,” but I find it is way too similar to her three-time Grammy nominated “You Belong With Me.” There is no way, however, that this track doesn’t become as big as the BMI award winning song.
This is my favorite track off of Swift’s third album, and I feel it’s the strongest radio single yet from Swift’s third studio release. I’m surprised it wasn’t the lead-off track, but anything Swift puts out is an automatic money maker for Big Machine.
Swift is once again magic with her catchy guitar chords and her easy-to-sing-along-with vocals. Although there is no doubt that this song will be huge, however, I’m not sure if it will replace “You Belong With Me” as the go-to Swift song in karaoke bars across the world.
Swift fans are familiar with the single, as she first performed it live four years ago, but it has had a lyrical make-over in some spots on the studio version, which I feel is for the better.
The only thing holding this song back is the recycled theme from almost every other Swift mega-hit. It’ll be interesting to see when listeners start to get tired of the same old theme, but for now, Swift will be back on-top of the world with this single. For the radio listener, it may be a little of the “same old, same old.”
“Sparks Fly” is the opening song on Swift’s “Speak Now World Tour.” It will impact radio July 18th, 2011.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5.
POTENTIAL: Multi-week number one.