Taylor Swift - Red
Text: Sherman Yang
I’m sure we all know what happens when Taylor Swift releases a breakup song; we try figure out who it’s about.
Albeit one of the cattiest lyrics ever, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ hit the airwaves sparking much attention as to which lucky/unlucky bloke the song was about (signs pointed to Jake Gyllenhaal). The songs catchy refrain makes you want to sing along with it’s not quite tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
Then we have ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, a song about dating a guy you knew was bad news from the beginning (*cough John Mayer *cough). Unlike most of her songs, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ has hints of dubstep making it a song you can definitely bang your head to.
Swift also collaborates with Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) and Ed Sheeran on ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Everything Has Changed’ respectively. The vocal harmonisations in both songs are brilliant and the voices match perfectly to create an emotional love song. Sheeran is also slated to be the opening act for Swift’s Red tour in 2013.
Overall, the album stays largely true to Swift’s country style with welcome hints of range and experimentation. We can expect Red to be another chart topper.
Recommended tracks: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, Everything Has Changed, The Last Time