Review of “Red (Taylor’s Version)”

Briana Kirchhoff, Staff Writer

After Scooter Braun, Chairman of Ithaca Holdings, bought the masters to Taylor Swift’s first six studio albums, Swift was motivated to re-record them and take back control of her discography. “I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music,” says the singer in a Twitter post from 2019.

Swift did a fantastic job reimagining an already beautiful album and morphing it into something perfect for listeners today. The reshaping of Swift’s fourth studio album is like bringing it back better than ever and giving it a new breath of fresh air.

Possibly one of the best parts of this adaptation is the 10-minute long rendition of Swift’s “All Too Well.” The short film that accompanies it indeed leaves fans feeling happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. 

The beauty of Red (Taylor’s Version) is how easily it represents people in many different ways. The album can be just music to one person, but it could portray the healing process to others. Swift compared Red to a “heartbroken person” in Red (Taylor’s Version)’s announcement post.

Nine years after Red’s initial release, Red (Taylor’s Version) still manages to leave fans starstruck. Swift was only 22 years old when her fourth studio album was released, so it’s easy to see that as she’s grown, her lyrics have matured with her. 

Listeners hear this  newfound maturity in the new Red (Taylor’s Version) of the song  “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Swift has a conversation on the phone, sounding much older than it did in Red’s initial release. 

Red (Taylor’s Version) isn’t the first album Swift re-recorded. She released Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April of this year. In a post via Instagram, Ms. Swift said, “This process has been more fulfilling and emotional than I could’ve imagined and has made me even more determined to re-record all of my music.”

Swift’s second re-recording is similar to its predecessor, Fearless (Taylor’s Version): it stays true to its roots. The cheerful beat to “22” remains the same, but new “From the Vault” tracks, like the alluring “The Very First Night,” adds new storylines to the soundtrack.

If Red (Taylor’s Version) hasn’t been in every Swift fan’s playlist recently, they’re missing out on the stunning vocals and brilliant imagery it has to offer.  She did an impeccable job at reimagining the musical masterpiece that is Red.

Whether it be “Nothing New” or “All Too Well (10 Minute Version),” every Swift fan has a favorite on Red (Taylor’s Version). Swift’s newest album is streaming now and is available on most platforms where music can be accessed.