Saturday, 20 October 2012

Taylor Swift 'Red' Deluxe Edition Album Review

Taylor Swift's fourth album, titled 'Red', tells of the extreme emotions she has experienced in relationships, summed up by the intense colour. Following her record breaking album 'Speak Now' which she wrote mainly by herself, she seeked to collaborate with as many people as she could on the follow up, working with Ed Sheeran and smash-hit maker Max Martin.



~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
The cover shows much of Swift enveloped by shadow but her bright red lips are shown, a sign of womanhood, sexuality and innocence. It is a simple but beautiful and sophisticated cover, which reflects the change of her artistry in these two years.

~~~TRACK LIST~~~
The album contains sixteen brand new tracks:

1. State Of Grace 5/5
The opening track to 'Red' as well as the song with the most intriguing title, 'State of Grace' is a dreamy yet powerful track about falling in love. A positive departure from the traditional Swift sound, the song is exciting and will hook you from the start.

2. Red 5/5
As one of the early release preview tracks, the title track has easily become one of my favourites already. The catchy riffs and the colourful lyrics are addictive but begin to show her development as an artist as she progresses from a teenager to a young woman.

3. Treacherous 3.5/5
After two insane lead tracks, 'Treacherous' is rather subdued and more of a ballad, but grows in power towards the end. A music video would just make this song, and it has great potential to grow on you.




4. I Knew You Were Trouble 5/5
Back to another super catchy song with an awesome chorus. Here, Swift takes a jab at herself after falling for someone she 'knew was trouble' and creates wonderful music. The simple riffs are addictive and is very different to her previous music which I love.

[WATCH THE I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE MUSIC VIDEO HERE]

5. All Too Well 4/5
Another quieter track but one which returns to Swift's roots, a more country sounding song, reminding us why we love her, but 'All too well' is definitely more grown up and builds up to an explosive climax.


6. 22 3/5
The title instantly reminds me of Adele's '21' but the song itself is the opposite in style, an upbeat celebration of growing up- formed of fun sounds and catchy beats that doesn't take things too seriously and might even make it onto a very cheesy dance floor. 

[WATCH THE OFFICIAL '22' MUSIC VIDEO]



7. I Almost Do 3.5/5
Another soft song with sweet lyrics- one for those rainy nights spent alone- but doesn't stand out amongst the rest of the album.

8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together 5/5
Whilst the lyrics aren't Taylor's best, this is undoubtedly one of the catchiest songs to be released this Summer, as the song rocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Swift's first. If my play count of this song is anything to go by, this is a track for everyone and likely to get Swift new fans.

[WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR WANEGBT HERE]

9. Stay Stay Stay 4/5
The intro is extremely fun and upbeat- a quirky country sounding track which is very different but still catchy and makes you want to jump around. Reminds me of 'Mean' musically.

10. The Last Time (ft. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol) 5/5
I've always thought Taylor Swift has that voice for great duets and as we kind of witnessed with B.O.B's 'Both of Us' but not to her full potential, this song is perfect. 'The Last Time' is a dreamy song which spans so many genres and I can just imagine it playing on every radio station. Beautiful. 

11. Holy Ground 4.5/5
This was another song I was very intrigued about, and from the first few seconds, I'm already sold. The drum beat and the catchy lyrics make this pop out as a track to be remembered.



12. Sad Beautiful Tragic 4/5
As the album begins to wind down, 'Sad Beautiful Tragic' is a soft ballad similar to 'Last Kiss', with melancholic lyrics.

13. The Lucky One 4.5/5
With a late 90's pop sound, 'The Lucky One' has interesting lyrics and again, a different sound to anything else we've heard before, giving an element of surprise at this late point in the album.

14. Everything Has Changed (ft. Ed Sheeran) 4/5
The collaboration that everyone has been waiting for. The one we've heard so much about. 'Everything Has Changed' was co-written by Ed Sheeran. It's a lovely duet but in my opinion not as powerful as 'The Last Time'- perhaps I expected a lot from this. It's still a very beautiful song and I'd love to see them perform this together.

[WATCH THE EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED MUSIC VIDEO HERE]

15. Starlight 4/5
WOW. Looks like Taylor discovered some new technological toys to play with... it's certainly interesting. Tapping into Katy Perry territory, Starlight is a somewhat magical track with a mystical starry quality. 


16. Begin Again 4.5/5
A perfect choice to finish the album with, 'Begin Again' is a soft pop break up song about finding love again. Lyrically, it reminds me of 'You Belong With Me', with the comparison between the two guys- but musically it is heartfelt and genuine. I love the chorus and the riff which just hooks you in.

[WATCH THE BEGIN AGAIN MUSIC VIDEO HERE]

DELUXE BONUS TRACKS:

1. The Moment I Knew 5/5
Why this isn't on the main album is beyond me. The first 'deluxe' track is the perfect mix of country/pop/ballad with a powerful chorus telling of a horrendous heartbreak, but making great music. 

2. Come Back, Be Here 5/5
Wow... 'Come Back, Be Here' surprises again with such a sweet, upbeat and catchy song- again should really be on the main album. The lyrics are fun and cute.

3. Girl At Home 4.5/5
'Girl At Home' is a super fun track about not cheating, reminding the guy he has a 'girl at home'. This would make a super fun video and the song is so catchy.


4. Treacherous (Original Demo) 4/5
Doesn't sound too much different to the final track.

5. Red (Original Demo) 3.5/5
This has nothing on the album version- sounds a little strange to be honest.

6. State Of Grace (Acoustic Version) 4/5
This is a rather cute version, though softer, offers a different quality to the song which is still beautiful.

SONGS TO LOVE: State of Grace, Red, I Knew You Were Trouble, The Last Time, Begin Again, The Moment I Knew
SONGS TO SKIP: None

~~~OVERALL~~~
Taylor Swift's 'Red' is an experimental fourth album from the record breaking Country-pop star. With a strong strong addictive beginning, the album grabs you immediately with 'State of Grace' and the titled track 'Red'.

Whilst several subdued tracks are overshadowed by fun, upbeat and silly songs in the midst of the album, there is great variation and musical styles, a departure from what we'd expect, tapping into beat-filled rock, dance and the highly anticipated collaborative tracks.

With sixteen tracks on the standard edition, the generous but long album does begin to cloud. However, several musical surprises lie in store for us at the end such as 'The Lucky One' and 'Starlight', both of which keeps things interesting and stops you feeling bored. 'Begin Again' closes the album beautiful: musically soft, lyrically hopeful and opens a new chapter from heartbreak to new found love.

My favourite tracks are 'State of Grace', 'Red' and 'The Last Time'.



The deluxe bonus tracks are stunning. The three extra songs are all very fun, cute and upbeat, is extremely addictive and just grabs you from the first listen. They really should've made it into the final cut, but were maybe overruled to allow for more experimental sounds.

The lead single 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', gaining Swift's first Billboard #1 and the release of a new track every week (every single one topped the iTunes chart) leading up to the album launch gave the album much publicity. The signs show that this album is going to do phenomenally well, maybe even topping sales of 'Speak Now'.

'Red' is undeniably Taylor Swift's best album to date. She proves she can develop her sound and grow up with her audience. Whilst nothing on this album tops my love for Taylor's best song 'Haunted' (from Speak Now), there are a ridiculous amount of potential hit songs and she's only just 22!

What do YOU think of 'Red'?

3 comments:

  1. Great review. So far I love The Moment I Knew, All Too Well and The Lucky One and I know eventually as I keep listening to her album, I'll love all the songs. :)

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  2. Ugly album cover...I find it creepy dark, occult too possibly. Would love to paint it over with black paint, and do own cover - I somehow wonder who designed the cover art?...One can do better...Cheesy shallow songs like 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' are a big turn off for me. I prefer more depth and reflection, not this shallow Avrilesque/K. Perry plastic pop soup...Swift seems to drift increasingly into plastic pop auto-tune territory. Yes dissapointed!

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    1. There are definitely song which are deeper and more reflective found in this album!!!

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