Swift see’s red

Sarah Beningfield

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Taylor Swift’s latest album, ‘Red’, is the perfect mix of her usual country genre and newer sounds that are pop and almost leaning toward dub step. Written entirely by Swift, each song helps piece together the hardships and pleasures of growing into an adult.

Swift pours her feelings, most often relating to her failed relationships, into all of her songs. However, she is not one to feel sorry for herself and has written songs like ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ to convey her more vindictive feelings in an upbeat and catchy way. The song was her first hit to reach number one on the US Billboard Top 100. This is perfect revenge for whatever the man (presumably Jake Gyllenhaal) did to make her feel strongly enough to put up to 3 evers after never with regard to the possibility of a relationship reunion.

‘Red’ is Swift’s 4th studio album and has received generally favorable reviews from critics. Songs like ’22’ and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ are the kinds that induce toe-tapping and unconscious swaying to the beat, while ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Sad Beautiful Tragic’ give you a lump in your throat and make you wonder how someone so young could have felt so much pain.

The liner notes of the album contain hidden messages planted by Swift, one in each song. These messages give the listener some clues as to which ex-boyfriend or current best friend Swift is singing about. The song ‘Starlight’ contains the message ‘FOR ETHEL’ which is a tribute to Ethel Kennedy, a woman whom Swift greatly admires, as she does the rest of the Kennedy family. Swift is often known to base her fashion sense on that of Jackie Kennedy.

The album was produced by Jeff Bhasker, who has worked with other artists, such as Kanye West (ironic, considering his ‘moment‘ during one of Swift’s acceptance speeches in 2009) and Beyoncé. Swift also contributes in producing her own albums.

Swift has previously won 6 Grammy Awards, 10 American Music Awards and 17 Teen Choice Awards. If ‘Red’ continues on its rise up the charts, she will have to be prepared for a number of new trophies to add to her shelves next year. The album is sincere and neither too youthful nor too old, which makes it perfect for any audience.

Below: video for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which was shot in one take.

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