Taylor Swift’s re-release of Red wows fans

Taylor Swifts re-release of Red wows fans

Sophie Wagnon, Staff Writer

Taylor Swift’s recent release of the rerecorded version of her album “Red,” which she titled “Red (Taylor’s Version),” on Friday Nov. 12 blew her supporters away. The album includes the original 20 songs from the 2012 country album, along with ten vault tracks; which are songs that Swift says did not make the original album. 

This album follows Swift’s experience in love and life as a woman in her early twenties. Fans suspect that the breakup songs included on the album are about Swift’s former love interest, Jake Gyllenhaal.

Swift and Gyllenhaal pictured together during their 2010 relationship

The most notable track is titled “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault).” Like the title says, this song is the original, full length version of Swift’s “All Too Well.” While fans were anticipating this release, they were shocked when Swift announced there would be a short film based on the song, starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. 

Swift has been seen as one of the strongest songwriters of our generation, and the songs on this album prove this point completely. She uses metaphors upon metaphors to give listeners a true sensory experience while listening. 

The vault tracks showcase her versatility as an artist. For example, the overall somber energy in “Nothing New (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” is the complete opposite of the upbeat energy in “Message In A Bottle (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault).”

Her ever changing energy makes for a roller-coaster of emotions when listening to the two hour and 10 minute album straight through. Swift’s ability to use such specific yet relatable symbolism creates a unity within her fan base.

I will definitely be listening to songs from this album for quite some time. Her unique songwriting skills have the ability to make every song on the album timeless. Before the rerelease, “Red,” would be towards the bottom of my rankings of Swift’s albums. Now, it is without a doubt, at least in my top three. 

5 out of 5