Personnel: Taylor Swift (acoustic guitar, hand claps); Nathan Chapman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, hand claps, programming); Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar); Mike Meadows (electric guitar, hand claps); Paul Sidoti, Grant Mickelson (electric guitar); Smith Curry (lap steel guitar); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Tim Lauer (Hammond b-3 organ); Nick Buda, Shannon Forrest, John Gardner (drums); Al Wilson (hand claps, percussion); Eric Darken (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.
Recording information: Aimeeland Studio; Blackbird Studios; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Pain In The Art Studio; Starstruck Studios, Nashville, TN; Stonehurst Studio, Bowling Green, KY.
Illustrators: Bethany Newman; Josh Newman .
Photographers: Austin K. Swift; Joseph Anthony Baker.
After becoming the highest-selling artist of 2008 and 2009, Taylor Swift returns in 2010 with her third album, having written all the material without outside help. Speak Now finds her sticking close to the country-pop hybrids that made her famous, although a full orchestra is also used on several songs.
Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "[L]ove may confound her, but the art of expert writing certainly doesn't." -- Grade: B+