Since I have a 7 year old girl, I have been forced to become familiar with Swift over most of the last decade. I would have been prejudiced against her otherwise as I’m not generally going to listen to something so squarely placed in the realm of pop. In this case I was the one who had to learn something though, because she is a natural song writer and gifted in many ways. Had to overcome my bias and instinct to reject something so widely popular. I realized I would rather have my kid listening to someone like her who actually writes her own music, can play multiple instruments, and maintains an interest in her artistic integrity, than one of these label designed musical Frankenstein’s out there.
However as far as comparing her last decade to Billy’s…I’m not sure that is entirely fair. The last decade has been her at what is likely her artistic peak, filling out that sweet spot she morphed into when she left country behind. She has the furnace of youth still propelling her creative energies, and the adoration of legions to inspire her. Billy is in an entirely different stage in his career and his life. He is trying to find ways to add meaningfully to an extremely developed body of work, and grappling with middle age and declining energies, like we all do. He basically already climbed the mountain that Swift is now enjoying the view from the peak of.