Picks and Pans Review: Taylor Swift

UPDATED 11/17/2008 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/17/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

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REVIEWED BY JESSICA HERNDON

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Swift's 2006 self-titled debut found multi-platinum success in cutesy teen angst. Now, the singer-songwriter, 18, shows a flare for youthful enthusiasm on the fairytale-esque hit "Love Story." But she also embraces folk music—on "Breathe," a duet with Colbie Caillat—and recounts searing heartbreak on the standout "The Way I Love You." There, she's bored with "Mr. Sensible" while missing the "screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain" of a past romance. The song, which Swift cowrote with John Rich, showcases her evolution as a songwriter—and a woman.

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