Taylor Swift has a new song about love, y’all! And this time, it’s a song about the happy part of love, the part before she realizes he doesn’t appreciate her and leaves him for a 17-year-old.
Tay Swift tells Idolator:
“I wrote this song about when you first fall in love with someone — the possibilities, kind of thinking about the different ways that it could go. It’s a really big sound. To me, this sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way.”
And you know what? She’s pretty right! I’ve always been sort of “meh” on Tay-Swift’s music, but I have to give it up to her ability to write a moving pop song. “State of Grace” starts out with a big beat to echo the beat of her big, falling-in-love heart, and builds into a pretty verse, even if the melody echoes “You Belong With Me” just an itty bit. (The part in YBTM where she says “see-ee-ee.” But you can’t really self-plagiarize an interval.) It even tickles some of the same emotions in me, dare I say it, as lesser known garage-pop like Dum Dum Girls and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. I.e., like I’ve just made out with a boy for the first time in the woods at summer camp in the ’90s.
The song doesn’t have as major a chorus as “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” but that’s okay because the instrumental interludes are big and ringing, and Taylor’s voice gets more and more earnest as the song gathers steam and she backs herself up. And extra points for spicing things up with a bridge.
They’ve probably picked all the music for the final season of Gossip Girl already, but I would like to nominate this song to soundtrack the “OMG THEY ARE FINALLY KISSING” scene in the next teen blockbuster than comes out. Preferably one featuring Taylor Lautner.