Now that she’s had a chance to tour with a massive show and put on elaborate performances on some of the world’s biggest stages, it wouldn’t be odd for Taylor to return to her roots and shy away from the spotlight a little bit. A singer-songwriter album of just her singing and playing the guitar could be the perfect thing to cut through the noise and the spectacle of contemporary pop and continue to carve out her own lane. If Miley’s going to go over the top, Taylor should go the other way. Her breakup songs may feel real and may be cutting now, but imagine what they might sound like stripped down to their core, after a Bon Iver-style trip to the woods. Better yet, imagine her reducing the songs down to just her voice, maybe looping her vocals in a weird sonic experiment, “Fearless” becoming an unhinged meditative dirge on the nature of fear itself. Even better, what if those “diary entries” were reduced to their purest essence: just straight spoken word? A spoken word album from Taylor Swift would be the most badass thing imaginable. It would be pure art, a sign that she had entered her Jim-Morrison-as-Lizard-King phase. It would drive the world crazy.
— An excerpt from Kyle Kramer’s article in which he discusses the different possibilities Taylor Swift has with album five. (x)