Swift’s album is quite lengthy because it contains fifteen tracks. However, each song has a different and distinctive beat so it is hard to become bored with it. It ranges from Swift singing acoustically on her guitar to dub-step sounding beats.
The album opens with a drum-driven song “State Of Grace” which has a very Indie Rock feel to it. It was quite unexpected, but certainly was not a disappointment. Surprisingly, her second song was “Red,” and she describes how the idea of getting over “him” is impossible. It was a nice melody, balancing out the Indie Rock vibe of the first track well.
Two other notable tracks are “22” and the hit “Stay Stay Stay.” The lyrics are unforgettable and will have you up and dancing almost as soon as the song starts. Both of the choruses are the same and repeat a bit and it has a girly vibe. It really works for the “new” Taylor Swift because she is expressing her hard breakups in a more cutesy way rather than being so blunt as in her other songs.
Taylor Swift’s crazy, catchy hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” really shows that her fans are willing to accept the new Taylor. The song was featured as number one for several weeks, and reached new heights of popularity.
As a fan of Taylor Swift, Stephanie Rand described her experience with the album. “I’ve been a fan of Taylor Swift since I was in the fifth grade when her first single of Tim McGraw came out in 2006. Ever since then, I own a large amount of merchandise—I’ve been to every National Tour. Plus, I own five of her albums, and now her fourth music CD “Red.” Some would say I’m obsessed, but I’m really inspired. Taylor is different than any other artist in so many ways.”
Some people disliked her new song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” because they felt Swift had changed and had gone too pop and mainstream. They were worried for the new album. I, on the other hand, knew Taylor was not ever going to change. She was still always going to be an artist who connects with her fans in unique ways (placing secret messages within lyrics).
“Red” compared to “Speak Now,” “Fearless,” and her other self-titled albums [is] different Swift says. “This record is about love that was red.” Red as in the intense emotions you feel in love.
Similar to all her other albums, Swift wrote every song on the album, but included some co-artists to perform along with her. Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol sang a very heartfelt song “The Last Time” on the album.
This album is great for anybody that is up for a mix of soft and upbeat love songs.
Written By: Jocelyn Gutierrez