RED is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, the follow-up to her commercially successful 2010 album Speak Now. It was announced through Swift’s live webchat on August 13, 2012, in which she revealed the album title, album cover, as well as answered fan questions.
During it she premiered the record’s lead single, titled “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, which was released to Google Play and iTunes later that day. It became Swift’s first US No. 1 hit. Four promotional singles were released in the month leading up to the album release, three of which debuted inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with “I Knew You Were Trouble” charting higher at No. 3. The deluxe edition of Red features three new songs, two demos and an acoustic version. The album features collaborations with new producers and guest artists such as Gary Lightbody and Ed Sheeran, and sees Swift experimenting with new musical genres.
An album that’s a little more pop than country. With Red, Taylor Swift experiments and tries new things with her style. Personally I wasn’t all too excited after she released “We will never ever get back together again”. It was too much of a emo teen support group type of song though I must say it was catchy and therefore very radio friendly.
The follow up single “I knew you were trouble” is a little more like it from Swift. Good uptempo vibe and repetitive lyrics works for me, not so emo (even though this song is supposed to be about John Mayer) but it’s got promise much like “Both of us” that she collaborated with B.o.B on.
Overall, Red is a transitional album, hinting at a more mature sound. In previous interviews, Swift said that her latest songs chronicle “tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss”, while the album’s cover captures her in a smouldering pose, replacing the Cinderella portraits which adorned her previous work.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I think that while Taylor Swift is still only 22, we’ll see her grow into a huge pop star (not that she isn’t already one) with humble country roots.
Red is now available in stores
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