“It’s a really big sound,” said Taylor Swift when she talked about “State of Grace” for “Good Morning America” yesterday, the last in her promotional Red previews for the national talk show. “To me, this sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way.”
And, for Taylor, a big sound it is. “State of Grace” has a large sweeping scale with a broad quality reminiscent of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” nearly five minutes of dreamy, narrowly new wave chords that build into a track that bursts with reassured optimism.
Taylor starts off grounded in the verses (“I’m walking fast through the traffic lights / Busy streets and busy lives”) before gradually elevating listeners into a strong airy chorus (“And I never saw you coming / And I’ll never be the same”) and it feels like flying—something the song has already done on the iTunes singles charts, shooting straight to #1 less than 24 hours after its release online. (#2? “I Knew You Were Trouble” which is another Taylor Swift song.)
While it’s the last of her promo singles preceding Red’s release on October 22 (less than a week from now), a solid single that makes sense as the primer track she’d choose to lead off the upcoming album.
It’s clear and buoyant. It’s reflective of her maturing abilities. It’s the strongest of her four pre-release singles.
“I wrote this song about when you first fall in love with someone — the possibilities, kind of thinking about the different ways that it could go,” the 22-year-old said of its meaning.
Taylor will commemorate the official release with a two-day set on “GMA” this Monday and Tuesday.