“Red, Taylor’s Version:” An important success in her career

Victoria Cagley, Community Engagement Editor

Taylor Swift has been a longstanding icon of the music industry for 15 years and continues to showcase her talents with every release. Swift announced her plans to re-record her first six albums after a long-standing battle with her old record label and big-time record executive Scooter Braun in 2019.

In April, Swift re-released her sophomore album, “Fearless.” On Nov. 12 she re-released her 2012 album “Red.” Swift sealed off the re-release of “Red” with 9 new tracks from ‘the vault,’ which includes a 10-minute version of the original song “All Too Well” with lyrics that did not make the original album version. To say that Swift is a great storyteller is an understatement; she crafts a world of imagery and aesthetics with an album that makes you feel like you’re there, wind in your hair, remembering it all too well.

When listening through all the original tracks of “Red,” with Taylor’s current vocals and slightly different instrumentals, the aspect that stands out the most is how mature her voice has gotten and how well it compliments the songs. It gives the impression of Taylor singing to her younger self and knowing the outcome of the stories she tells in her lyrics.

Iconic tracks such as “22,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” hold their original emotional feel and nostalgia, with a new given flair of an artist who has seen it all.

Before getting into vault tracks, Swift includes an acoustic version of “State of Grace,” alongside her new rendition of “Ronan,” a standalone single she wrote about a 3-year-old boy who died from cancer in 2011, where all the proceeds went to charity.

The vault tracks begin with “Better Man,” a song Taylor Swift originally penned for Little Big Town that continues the story of the breakup from other songs featured in the album. “Nothing New” featuring Phoebe Bridgers is a slow melancholic tune that taps into the sadness of growing up and feeling lost in your 20s.

“Babe,” “Message in a Bottle,” “I Bet You Think About Me” and “Forever Winter” are more upbeat songs that blur the genre lines between pop and country, something Taylor Swift is well-known for doing.

“Run” is another collaboration on the album with artist Ed Sheeran that captures the excitement of the beginning of a relationship. “The Very First Night” does a similar job of showing how Taylor falls fast and hard.

The heavily anticipated “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) is the star of the show for this album. Taylor goes into heavy and brutal detail about how this relationship hurt her and left an impact on her 20’s. Hearing such raw and emotional lyrics with the vocals of the 31-year-old singer is an experience entirely.

As a dedicated Swiftie myself, ever since her debut album, I’m always excited and ready for whatever Taylor has up her sleeve. She undoubtedly will continue to impress and make her impact on the music industry, bringing her dedicated fans along for the ride.