Saturday, August 18, 2012

Taylor Swift Vs Carrie Underwood - Max Martin/Shellback Productions


Taylor Swift's new single was unveiled a couple of days ago and nearly melted the internet. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" destroyed Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" digital sales record in a matter of hours and topped iTunes charts around the world. But is the song any good? There was a time when I would have trashed anything Tay Tay released but I was completely won over by the Speak Now era. The album is immaculate and her contribution to The Hunger Games soundtrack is just as impressive. Which makes her latest offering a bit of a letdown. It's a nice little break-up song but I'm disappointed that she returned to her trademark Disney princess lyrics - only this time set to synthesizers. You can thank legendary hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for that. Taylor called on them for a more commercial sound and they certainly delivered. This is going to be an Adele-sized hit. More power to her. I just think it's a bit of a step backward after the brilliance of "Mean", "Ours" and "Safe & Sound".


"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is also, dare I say it, inferior to Carrie Underwood's collaboration with Max Martin and Shellback. Yes, Taylor got the idea of fusing country music and Swedish pop from the American Idol winner. Queen Carrie worked with the super-producers on her 2009 album Play On and got a better song. "Quitter" is such a sublime country-pop anthem. I will never understand why the track wasn't released as a single. It stands out like a sore thumb on that album for all the right reasons. The catchy, uptempo love song has hit written all over it and would have helped Carrie crossover into the pop market. I'm sure that was the goal. It's a shame her label didn't have the courage to see the plan through. If they did, Taylor mightn't have the monopoly on country-pop like she does now. Anyway, listen to "Quitter" (below) and judge for yourself who snagged the better Max Martin/Shellback tune. Carrie gets my vote.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think tay wanted to make an album where she trys to explore different types of music. This song is her preemttive nuclear strike on pop music. Taylor,Max & Johan did what they wanted.To create the biggest pure pop earworm ever that's why she chose them. She working with others on this album so I can't wait for RED. I think she is working with others to help her explore different directions to help her grow as an artist and explore more adult theams.

backyard hangout said...

Carries is a fantastic song, but Taylors has smash written all over it.Max and Shallbeck team is such a genius, its frighteneing.Max should be the leader of the world, the president of everything

SirLordJ said...

100% agree with everything you said. Speak Now made me a fan as well and while I like We Are Never, it's not as amazing as Quitter. Better vocals, writing, and production. Shame too, but hopefully the album sounds great.

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah. Max has my vote

Anonymous said...

Max Martin is such a fucking legend he could produce any pop bitch queffing an have a world wide smash hit

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's the case that Carrie's label changed their minds over a supposed plan for "Quitter". Carrie has said that she's happy to see her songs played in other formats, but it's never been her intention to pitch her work to the Pop sector. She uses a wide range of stylistic influences, often innovative, but her roots and identity remain firmly in Country. Taylor's musical links to the spirit of the Country sector have, by contrast, seemed more tenuous, and I think a move into the Pop Music world would be both more expected, and less of a departure, in her case. Both artists seem to be doing what they want, and making a good job of it.

Blown_Away said...

Carrie > Taylor

Anonymous said...

That Swift song is just a sad retread of Ailee's "Heaven"

Anonymous said...

LeAnn Rimes could destroy these skanks with her little finger x

Mike said...

Leann is too busying having sex with your husband to record anything. Bye.