Taylor Swift’s Speak Now drops on Monday, and the LP will no doubt be another gigantic success for the Glamour-ous singer. (And if Swift is really lucky, she may even sell ten million records and meet Kanye West’s standards for artistic achievement.) As the songs from her third album have steadily surfaced over the past few weeks, we’ve grown more and more fond of Taylor’s mature songwriting, and the ballad “Haunted” shows Swift shying away from her country roots for something a bit more epic. Listen below.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/05-Haunted-acoustic.mp3" text="Taylor Swift - Haunted" dl="0"]
“Come on, come on don’t leave me like this, I thought I had you figured out,” sings Taylor, breathlessly letting it all out. “Can’t breathe whenever you’re gone, can’t turn back now, I’m haunted.”
This sweeping piano ballad lacks all the jangly country music characteristics apparent in Taylor’s other tunes, like her other recently surfaced track “Mean“, and instead punches up the drama with the help of a string section in the background, the very first time (apart from other Speak Now track “Back To December“) she’s employed an orchestra on her record.
“You should have seen me all geeky when I saw the names of the new songs on the sheet music out on their music stands,” said Taylor about the violinists and cellists used on the track. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s happening.’”
The lyrics aren’t exactly groundbreaking, but melody-wise, this is not unlike something someone like Tori Amos or Sara Bareilles might record. We’re impressed. How about you? And any guesses which man from Taylor’s past this song is referring to? We’re pretty sure it’s T-Pain.