Taylor Swift - Staples Center - 8-19-13 (With Photos)
Fifteen thousand people cheered for two hours straight as Taylor Swift played to a packed Staples Center crowd last night. Though my brother is correct that she looked like a Who from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, I don't think any Whos down in Whoville could put on a show like she did.
See also: Our gallery of the show.
One thing that sets Swift apart from other current pop acts is the fact that she writes her own songs, and every one that made the cut on her most recent album, Red, is about love and failed relationships.
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She also believes in channeling whatever emotion she was feeling at the time she wrote the song when she performs live, so naturally her emotions were running wild. But that's what made it interesting (aside from the constant costume changes, backup dancers/singers, and stage sets, of course). A sad fondness crept onto her face when she sang and ravished a red-stained piano during "All Too Well." Even though she was dressed in an adorable, sequined ring leader outfit in the big top-inspired set for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," she may as well have been dressed as the lion, because she looked like she was about to rip someone's head off.
However, this emotive quirk of hers may also be her biggest downfall when it comes to performing. In between songs she talked with her fans, and at the beginning of the set she honestly looked humbled by the turnout for her first of four nights at Staples. But as time lapsed, she fell into a sort of "woe-is-me" act that quickly became irritating. She talked about falling in love and getting her heart broken...a lot; she spoke of having low self-esteem, and before playing "Mean," admitted that mean kids don't grow out of it. It's a human condition and mean people will always be there to try to bring you down, no matter the age.