Music Review: RED – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album was released last week, and has since become the beautiful soundtrack to my HSC. 

As usual, Taylor has produced a brilliantly addictive album full of pop-country hits that every teen girl seems able to relate to. 

Five songs were released before the album officially launched: 

  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • Begin Again
  • Red
  • State Of Grace
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
With another twelve songs then appearing on the (regular version) of the album: 
  • Starlight
  • The Lucky One
  • 22
  • All To Well
  • Treacherous
  • I Almost Do
  • Stay Stay Stay
  • The Last Time (feat. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol)
  • Holy Ground
  • Sad Beautiful Tragic
  • Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran) 
  • The Moment I Knew
The deluxe version of the album also contains an extra five songs: 
  • Come Back…Be Here
  • Girl At Home
  • Treacherous (original demo version) 
  • Red (original demo version)
  • State Of Grace (acoustic version) 
My personal favourite song on the album is Starlight, which tells the story of Ethel and Bobby Kennedy’s relationship (double aww for me as I’m a total history nerd). 22 is also a favourite, being the kind of song that makes you want to go out and have fun with your best friends, whether you’re 22 or not. The Moment I Knew has been on repeat, but I would personally have preferred if it had been about Joe Jonas (reference to Potential Break Up Song anyone? No? Just me? …Carry on then). The Lucky One is the most thought provoking of the new songs, as a comment on the nature of fame. Interestingly, the secret message is “Wouldn’t You Like To Know”, only serving to further increase my curiosity. 

The Last Time is a song I generally skip over, as is Treacherous. There’s nothing wrong with them per se, they’re just not “jump up and dance with brilliance” songs. 

The songs on the deluxe edition are nothing special, especially Girl At Home which seems like five steps back in Taylor’s song writing ability. 

Overall, Taylor has put out another brilliant album (which premiered at number one on the ARIA charts today) that shows her maturity (both musically and personally, although both of those points have been widely debated throughout the media this week) and development as an amazing person. 

John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Connor Kennedy are said to be the main inspirations, however it breaks my heart to hear that Taylor and Connor who were my current real life OTP have broken up. 

More material for the next album, I guess? 

Taylor has announced a 2013 American tour, so I guess us Aussie’s will get an announcement sometime in the next few months. 

frangipani princess xoxo

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