Picks and Pans Review: Taylor Swift

UPDATED 11/20/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/20/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

Taylor Swift
REVIEWED BY RALPH NOVAK
COUNTRY

Sixteen-year-old Taylor Swift may be Nashville's answer to Britney Spears. On her self-titled debut, the Wyomissing, Pa., native is lively and engaging if inevitably lacking in polish and depth. On the appealing hit "Tim McGraw," the singer-guitarist—who wrote or cowrote all the songs on her disc—settles for being perky and cute instead of evocative and insightful. Swift comes off as a typical teenage girl on "Teardrops on My Guitar," but displays a more adult perspective on the superior "Picture to Burn."

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