Fairy tale dreams collide with hard reality on “White Horse.” Swift effectively uses the standard imagery of the prince on a white horse, and there’s just something about the fairy tale not coming true that makes it feel a little more country and a lot more relevant than “Love Story.”
It’s worth noting that this is the best that Swift has sounded on record so far, and the understated vocal serves her well. She’s singing like an effective songwriter here, and the low-key confessional approach works well. Thankfully, before it goes all coffeehouse on us, a string section comes in to ratchet up the emotional intensity without detracting from her performance.
Written by Liz Rose and Taylor Swift
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