10 Days of Taylor: In 2013, Taylor Swift grew up, but still proved charming at the Tampa Bay Times Forum
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Taylor Swift's album Red was proof that she had eyes on conquering the pop world. And when she arrived at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 20, 2013 -- one day after Rihanna -- she proved she was on her way there.
Playing to a sold-out crowd of 16,134 (and joined by opening act Ed Sheeran), Swift remained every bit the effortlessly charming country-pop crossover we've come to expect. But she also showed that at 23, she was already a music industry veteran who was ready to act like a grownup.
"Credit Swift for learning from past tours, and maybe some bad press," wrote Times reviewer Sean Daly. "She doesn't really do the 'wonder gaze' anymore, that is-it-all-a-dream Cinderella schtick. (Confession: I kinda miss it.) Now she's flirtier, more knowing, egging on the screams with a calculated blink of her doe eyes. She flashed some gam now and then, injecting muted sex appeal for the fans growing along with her...
"She also kept things artistically fresh, including a shoo-be-dooing girl-group rendition of You Belong With Me. Swift has all but ditched any last vestige of her country roots, but her pure pop transformation has felt organic (e.g. the fun dance-off 22), which proves she was never that Nashville anyway."
For Sean's full review of Taylor Swift's 2013 concert at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, click here.