Sportswriter Bill Simmons often writes about athletes who develop such a reputation for being underrated that they cross over to being overrated. Considering all of the critical hosannas that have greeted country-pop starlet Taylor Swift - "She writes her own songs! And they're good! Seriously!" - I wondered whether the 21-year-old might be primed for Ben Wallace-style overestimation.

Sportswriter Bill Simmons often writes about athletes who develop such a reputation for being underrated that they cross over to being overrated. Considering all of the critical hosannas that have greeted country-pop starlet Taylor Swift - "She writes her own songs! And they're good! Seriously!" - I wondered whether the 21-year-old might be primed for Ben Wallace-style overestimation.

Well, yeah. If you approach "Speak Now," Swift's multiplatinum juggernaut of an album, looking for something revolutionary, you'll be out of luck. Swift's skill isn't in rewriting the country-pop playbook. She is, however, an expert storyteller who can inject blasts of personality into well-worn formats.

And while you, me and Kanye could spend hours debating how Swift stacks up to icons like Beyonce, she's certainly in the same conversation. She'll make her case Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.