2011 has been a huge year for Taylor Swift. While your faves sweep up popcorn and paper cups at their local neighborhood cinema, Taylor’s just been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year, her world tour has grossed over $100 million worldwide, Speak Now has sold over 3.7 million copies in the US alone, and she was named Entertainer of the Year from both the CMAs and ACMAs.
Oh yeah, and she also released her own perfume, which I imagine smells better than <insert miscellaneous celebrity fragrance here>.
After five hit singles from Speak Now, you’d think that the album would be winding down, but Tay-Tay is one smart cookie. She withheld the digital release of the album’s bonus tracks for an entire year, only releasing them to iTunes last month and bagging another Hot 100 hit because of it with the lovely “Ours”. Now the song is her latest single, with the ridiculously sweet music video premiering exclusively on E! News last week.
It’s so damn cute that you may need to bring out the tissues for a post-watch cleanup, whether it be to mop up tears or maybe just sticky semen after you nut over Taylor’s fetching girl next door beauty.
One of the things that’s made Taylor such a phenomenon is how her music genuinely touches people, whether it’s through relating to one of her songs in the present or remembering a past experience through her self-penned lyrics. Her mixture of romantic idealism and poor me victimization is able to reach the people in a way that many other artists just simply can’t. Because really, who doesn’t like to dream of a fairytale ending that’s never actually going to happen whilst simultaneously blaming everybody else for all your problems?
Never before has Taylor made such a real connection than she does in “Ours”. The country superstar transforms into your average working class office flunkie in the clip, quietly hating her job and the people she works with, and getting through the day by dreaming about her man at home. It’s a simple premise, but it’s one that will speak to many people reading this blog from the discomfort of their office cubicle, ready to minimize the window the moment the boss walks past.
Of course, if you don’t actually have a man waiting for you at home then this video may send you into a suicide spiral rather than give you a dose of the warm ‘n’ fuzzies like Taylor intended, but I guess that’s just a risk you’ll need to take.
But other than that possibly nasty side effect, “Ours” is literally one of the best music videos of the year. AND I FUCKING CRIED TWICE WHILE WATCHING THIS! ONCE ON THE FIRST WATCH AND THEN AGAIN WHEN I REWATCHED IT AND THEN I JUST STOPPED WATCHING TO PREVENT MORE TEARS, FML!!!