Preview: Taylor Swift is fun to laugh at, but also to listen to

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From the May 2, 2013 edition

The words “I’ll never be the same” seem especially pointed for the start of an album that essentially leaves behind country for the Top 40, but of course Taylor Swift is talking about the fallout from some failed romance; “I never saw you coming,” she later coos.

And honestly, last year’s record-breaking smash Red wasn’t a complete departure from country anyway. Give or take a dubstep drop, it’s more like the next natural step in Swift’s lengthy, public evolution. (Her sound, that is; her subject matter hasn’t much changed since her preteens, has it?)

Swift’s tabloid antics make her easy to mock; she’s one of The Onion’s greatest muses, and that goat thing still kills me every time. All joking aside, though, she’s one of the best pop songwriters working right now, and if her show Wednesday at Nationwide is anything like the spectacle last time she came through (read: flying balcony), it’ll be worth your money.

Just make sure you arrive late enough to miss Ed Sheeran.