Taylor’s ‘Red’ packs a different kind of punch


Yelling “We are never ever ever getting back together” in your bathroom was the reality for many Gen Zs as we navigated puberty and adolescence. Now we get to re-experience those hit songs.

Taylor Swift released a re-recorded version of the famous album that gave us “22,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”

Swift opened her version of the 2012 “Red” in a “state of grace.” “State of Grace” inspires the feel-good emotion and sets the mood for the rest of the album with impressive instrumentals and dependable vocals. 

“Red (Taylor’s Version)” is a re-recording of her fourth album, “Red.” The 30-song album was released on Nov. 12 and is the second album she has recorded—the first was “Fearless” released in April.  

This album takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. One moment you’ll be vibing and dancing, and the next you’ll be on the floor bawling your eyes out. “Red (Taylor’s Version)” is packed with different genres, transitioning from country to pop.

“Trouble” transformed into a storm of beats. Swift poured out her heartache by reinforcing the already iconic song with more beats, making it easier to scream out your emotions.

 “Stay, Stay, Stay” comes at you with a bit of dark comedy laced with questionable decisions in the lyrics, but the new version of the song is catchy and sticks with you.

The album also features a couple of songs “From The Vault” like “Ronan (Taylor’s Version)” and “Message In a Bottle.” 

Rest assured, “Ronan’s” lyrics will give you goosebumps as you listen to the words of a mother who lost her four-year-old son to neuroblastoma. Swift worked with Ronan’s mom, using her posts from her blog to birth this masterpiece.

Swift drew strength from the heartbreak she went through during and after her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal—especially in “All Too Well” and “The Moment I Knew.”

“All Too Well” perfectly showcases Swift’s genius as it tells the story of the Gyllenhaal breakup with punchy lyrics and references. 

Swift also features other artists in her new album like “Run” with Ed Sheeran and “Nothing New” with Phoebe Bridgers. One of her most memorable songs was “The Last Time,” featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol.

“The Last Time” feels like a love song— letting you look in the window of two lovers in a spat. Swift and Lightbody’s vocal harmony was nothing other than pure gold. You cannot listen to this song without feeling like the third person in their relationship.

Once again, Swift reinvents her sound while giving her fans, both the diehards and newcomers, a front row seat to watch her come out stronger and make lemonade out of life’s lemons.