Sunday 11th November 2012
1. State of Grace
4. I Knew You Were Trouble
5. All Too Well
7. I Almost Do
8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
9. Stay Stay Stay
10. The Last Time (Featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol)
11. Holy Ground
12. Sad Beautiful Tragic
13. The Lucky One
14. Everything Has Changed (Featuring Ed Sheeran)
16. Begin Again
Taylor Swift is currently one of the most talked about faces in Country music and is back with her highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Red’. She is just like her music, honest and down to earth, and idolised by many for her references to bad romances and hang-ups that so many can relate to.
“I called it Red because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In my mind, when you experience love that’s fast paced and out of control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions… in retrospect, it all looks red.”
It’s clear from the start that there is a lot more experimentation with different styles through out the album, which could be put down her collaborations with a number of artists, producers and songwriters that Taylor had always wanted to work with.
‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ‘Stay Stay Stay’ have a larger pop sound to them, where as a heavier drum and bass infusion can be heard in ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, which is a step away from the regular softer Country sound that we are more familiar with.
‘The Last Time’ features Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and even with both vocalists being highly distinctive, they sound soulfully sweet together. ‘Everything Has Changed’ features the raw acoustic talents of Ed Sheeran and was quite frankly a collaboration waiting to happen.
Taylor is a highly prolific songwriter and the tracks on the album which have been solely written by her are the ones that pull us straight back to the acoustic and Country roots that are more apparent in her earlier albums.
The album is a clear emphasis on how diverse Taylor’s music can be, and that she is loving her life and music career right now. She is a global superstar, a role model and the voice of a generation; and Red is a sure sign of how much she has grown with her music.