I’m Loving This! Christi’s Review Of Taylor Swift’s New Album: “Red”
Written by Christi Given | December 30, 2012
I just got Taylor Swift’s new album “Red.”
The theme is love, passion and of course, the color “Red,” which Taylor intertwines throughout the album. I love the lyrics, creativity, and vulnerability in her music. Swift is open, real, and relatable . This is why she’s so likeable. Swift is also super humble. I find her one of the more positive role models in Hollywood.
On my first list I noticed how many songs were on the album. Albums usually contain 10-12 tracks with maybe 1-2 bonus tracks. “Red” has a generous 16 songs, all of which she wrote (with the exception of a few co-writers on some tracks). Let’s review my favorite songs off the 2012 Swift album.
My 5 Favorite Songs Off the “Red” Album
1.) “All Too Well” Written by: Taylor Swift and Liz Rose
“All Too Well” is my favorite song of the moment. I really love the lyrics, and the multiple choruses Swift and Rose wrote. The song builds around the story that she left her scarf at a mystery man’s house. It’s (of course) about love, how things were, and how they’ve changed. The chorus is so powerful and the verses are catchy: “I was there, I remember it all too well…” I also love the melody, harmonies, and the increase in intensity as the song progresses. My favorite verse is towards the end, once the song builds and Swift sings, “…Wind in my hair, you were there, you remember it all, down the stairs, you were there, you remember it all, it was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well…”
2.) “Treacherous” Written by: Taylor Swift and Dan Wilson
The song “Treacherous“ sounds more like Swift’s original country sound when she first came out. It kind of reminds me of “Fifteen” or one of her acoustic/pop songs. The lyrics are definitely about falling in love. For example, Swift says, “I can’t decide if it’s a choice, getting swept-away…”
3.) “State of Grace” Written by: Taylor Swift
“State of Grace“ is definitely different and more pop rock sounding for Swift but it is catchy and more upbeat than the first tracks I put on my favs list! Here are some of the lyrics!
“…just twin fire signs, four blue eyes so you were never a saint and I’ve loved the shades of wrong, we learn to live with the pain, mosaic broken hearts but this love is brave and wild and I never saw you coming and I’ll never be the same, this is the state of grace…”
4.) “Stay Stay Stay” Written by: Taylor Swift
I love “Stay Stay Stay“. It is definitely more country and upbeat like Taylor Swift’s first two albums. It kind of reminds of me “Our Song” – Swift’s first big Country hit. It is so cute, young, pop/country with a simple melody, acoustics, and banjos. “I said, stay, stay, stay, I’ve been loving you for quite some time, time, time…You think that its funny when I’m mad, mad, mad, but I think its best if we both stay…”
5.) “Red” Written by: Taylor Swift
Of course I love the self-titled track, “Red“. It is country, pop and contemporary mixed with some rock. I love the sounds, her voice, and the lyrics. I love how she incorporates the colors of emotions. It is very clever and a great thread of a theme. Swift even wears red lipstick, which gives her album an artsy feel and ties it all together with visuals.
“Losing him was blue like I’d never known, missing him was dark grey all alone, forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you’ve never met, but loving him was red, loving him was red…”
PI girls, what is your favorite track off Taylor’s new album “Red”????