Taylor Swift has an incredible music career that keeps growing by the day. In “Red (Taylor’s Version),” Swift among featured artists wrote the setlist that inexplicably astounded the world. Released on Nov. 12, 2021, it clocks in at two hours and ten minutes; with genres including pop, country, and rock.
Swift parted ways with her former record label, Big Machine Records, and she wanted to reclaim her songs. The new album uncovers the twists and turns of a new and complicated relationship. She first started by rerecording her famous record “Fearless,” produced by Republic Records. History was made in her music history for being the first album to be rerecorded by Swift.
Her extensive album consists of 30 songs and some of the highlighted songs that were all the rage when it came out include, “Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran)(Taylor’s Version)”, “Babe (Taylor’s Version)”, and “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)”.
The tempo of her songs also changes how the song and the emotions are portrayed. In “I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor’s Version)”, you can hear that she is convincing herself that the relationship will not work but the change in the tempo throughout the album confirms that she is on the fence but is still optimistic about the man that she is singing about. The tempo in “Treacherous (Taylor’s Version)” and “I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor’s Version)” you can tell that she is battling internally about the relationship.
The most powerful song in Swift’s setlist is “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)” by flying colors. This heart-wrenching song pours all of the highs and lows of a powerful and toxic relationship into a 10-minute song. Due to the length of the piece, listeners were able to hear the full story. It gained a lot of press on TikTok, Instagram, and other social media platforms because Swift has never released any song quite like this. Fans were ecstatic about the release of the short film. The mood of this short film enhances the album even more and the acting of Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien is astonishing.
Swift translates her feelings into lyrics that have you bitter, resentful, happy. When listening I felt like I was in her situation. This is one of my favorite albums because of the overall aesthetic of the record. Her ability to write lyrics that tell a story is truly unmatched.
The setlist is stunning and it flows in a perfect way. The album cover depicts the feeling of being free and “Red (Taylor’s Version)” encapsulated that free-living and having no strings attached. Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” gives her listeners the chance to be in the position of being in a relationship that is confusing and strange. Between the short film, the setlist with the ever-changing tempo and emotions, and the featured artists, this album is truly her best.
I think that everyone can agree that this record deserves a 5-star-rating. Overall, Swift’s album is written with passion through the heartfelt lyrics, the difference in tempo, and the use of the length of her songs. With all of this in mind, I predict with no doubt that Swift will write more albums and re-record them in the future; they will surely shock the world again.