August 22, 2012 1:00 PM

Have Taylor Swift’s worst instincts taken over her music?

In an era of manufactured pop princesses, Taylor Swift came up on an independent label. But as Swift readies the release of her fourth studio album, “Red,” this fall, the thing that most set her apart from her peers — a mature insight into the experiences of young women — is starting to seem more like an exception than a rule.

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