Music Review:Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album

By Ashley Simon on November 4, 2012

Source: Taylor Swift, Red Album Cover



It’s no surprise that Taylor Swift’s Red album sales did extremely well the first week it was released.  The album sold 1.21 million copies the first week, placing it at the very top of the national billboard 200 album chart.  America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, found success with this album as she did her first three.

The country music fans often criticize Swift for becoming too “poppish.” Red definitely didn’t quiet those fans of their opinions. While there are some pop tracks on the album, Swift still has a little country left in her.

Country is her roots and her foundation. And as long as she has that, she will continue to deliver it to her fans.

The album starts with another one of Swift’s solo writing projects entitled  “State of Grace.”  The song was a remarkable start for the album.  Following that song was the title track, “Red.”

In the middle of the album, there is a track called “I Almost Do,” which confirms the rumor that this album is two combined in one. One side of this album does show Swift paying homage to her country roots which she always seem to do in some form or fashion, and the other side is bringing out the pop in her and defining it more.  She is referenced to both Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry when listening to this album.

It is also no surprise that the fans’ favorite track off this album is the chart -topping hit “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”  This song is fun, humorous, and filled with emotion, but at the same time filled with such great energy.

All the songs on Red are co-written by Swift.  A key producer of the album is Max Martin who has made several hits for artists like N-sync, Brittney Spears, and Kanye West. Taylor Swift also revealed that she chose to name the album Red because it is the word that best describes all the emotions she pours out into the album.  She has only two features on the entire album, and one of them is a duet with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody called “Last Time” that was heavily criticized.

Overall, the album is a great.  At the age of twenty-two, this album is considered a transitional stage for Swift’s career.  She is getting older and more mature, so she is transitioning out of the pre-teen fan base that she has had so long, and now is directing her music towards a more mature, young adult crowd.

Some would say she is doing an extremely wonderful job with her music at this stage in her career and fans can expect a lot more good things to come from Taylor Swift in the future.  If any music fans have not had to chance to check out Taylor Swift’s new album, it is strongly recommended.


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