Just re-reading the end, I realize how clueless he is of her career as a whole. It's so obvious he's doing this to be the dissident voice.
|But somehow, with the overhype and move to the middle, she's torn away some of her underpinnings, she's become unmoored, we're no longer exactly sure who she is.|
Overhype is subjective. Underpinnings are not torn away. And not being sure who she is? What does that even mean? Did Brand New fans sail them down the river when The Devil And God
came out and sounded nothing like YFW? No, the fans loved it, and in fact multiplied, because it was better.
Likewise with Swift, her crossover has kept the fans around, while the newer style of songs and arguable lyrical shift has won over some critics. Why can't it be so that she wanted to make more pop music than country? Why does it have to be for sales? If he knew anything
about her, it'd be that she isn't in it for sales. Does breaking records and making millions hurt? No, I'm sure she loves it. But if she were in it for the money, she'd have never walked away from a multi-million dollar deal with Sony at age 14 to sign with her current indie label.
|And if we don't know who you are, it's hard to stay in love with you.|
Yeah, because everyone got Sgt. Peppers on first listen
|The little girls may scream, ticket sales may be rampant. But if you don't see it my way, if you don't think her career now has more questions than answers, you're not thinking at all.|
Awfully vapid ending. More questions than answers? What's that even mean? I think it's a good thing to always keep your fans guessing. People like him make it so that she cannot win. They complained that Speak Now was too much like Fearless and that she should broaden her horizons, and she does with Red, and now she's alienating fans too much and keeping them guessing too much.
Edit: And before anyone flips, not likening Swift to BN or The Beatles. Just pointing out they had many points where they took different directions and didn't so much as lose fans, nearly as much as it solidified their careers and made them "staples" in their own ways. Change is good. Lefsetz ought to realize that, being an "industry insider."