Taylor Swift does it again

Red (Taylor’s Version) is an emotional rollercoaster, filed with new songs that live up to their expectations


Album cover from Republic

Two hours and 10 minutes of musical genius. From heartbreak to revelation, Taylor Swift has done it again. On Nov. 12, Taylor Swift released the re-recorded version of her fourth album,
“Red” (now called “Red (Taylor’s Version)”).

Needless to say, I am in love with the album. In addition to the 20 songs from the 2012 album, Swift has released eight songs “From the Vault,” the single “Ronan” and the original 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” and each one is as miserable and magical as the next.

The entire album is dripping with love and heartbreak, anger and confusion, bitterness of what was and longing for what could have been. While many of the songs are about the misery of a breakup, the album also includes songs about the joy and excitement of a sad, beautiful yet tragic love. Swift manages to pour out all her emotions into these songs, and I’m here for it all.

Much like its predecessor, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” is breaking records across the board. Billboard wrote that the album has sold 325,000 units after its first 5 days, “already earning the biggest one-week sales sum of the year so far.” Spotify announced that Swift broke its record for the highest number of streams of an album in a day, becoming the platform’s most streamed female artist in a day with over 122.9 million streams, according to Music Row. 

This comes as no surprise, seeing that with each new release, Swift has either broken her own record, set a new one or both. Not to mention, fans such as myself were screaming with anticipation for the album to drop, so much so that when it finally did release, people were so eager to listen that Spotify crashed and would not play Swift’s music.

Once her songs started loading, I spent hours following the album’s release sobbing and singing along, allowing myself to be overwhelmed by the lyrics of the new songs and going back to listen all over again.

From the first listen, there are a few obvious differences to the original. Aside from the fact that this album showcases Swift’s current, more mature voice, some of the songs are also played differently, such as the song “Girl at Home,” which has been turned into a pop song, or “22” which sounds more energetic and upbeat than the original.

In addition to her album, Swift previously announced that she was also releasing an “All Too Well” short film written and directed by herself, and starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brian. The short film features a relationship as it moves through its stages of love to what’s left of the broken remains. About half of the film was silent with “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” playing in the background, which made the film more emotional than if it was just typical acting.

During all of this, fans are also looking for clues of what album Swift might be re-recording next. Known for hiding easter eggs in virtually everything, she is confusing Swifties everywhere. From nods to “1989” such as the car in the short film (a 1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class), to hinting at her 2010 studio album “Speak Now,” by pricing her signed “Red (Taylor’s Version)” CD at $20.10, no one knows what’s coming next. But whether it’s “1989” or “Speak Now,” I’m confident that Taylor Swift will once again grace us all with her music.