Monday, October 22, 2012

Review - Taylor Swift's RED

Today's review is of the highly-anticipated album from Taylor Swift, simply called RED.  (Could there be a better colour to title an album after?)  I was lucky enough to get a sneaky copy of this album a few days before it was released today and have been listening to it non-stop.  Let me start off by saying this is not a country album.  I mean I am sure that she will be supported in the country music industry, but this is reminiscent of Shania Twain gravitating from country to pop music.  Also, speaking of Canadians singers, RED has a hint of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, in that Taylor has definitely had her heart broken and she's singing her revenge.  This is Taylor's fourth studio album and although it is filled with 16 well-written, heartfelt songs just like her previous trio, it does sound different.  I like that Taylor evolves and tries new things.  For example, listen to the track I Knew You Were Trouble.  The chorus comes out of nowhere and has a hint of dubstep.  Yeah, dubstep.  I love the song All Too Well which she says was the toughest to write.  Taylor had to deal with high expectations from her fans and critics and RED does not disappoint.  In some ways it just meets expectations, but other songs far exceed.  
I wonder what a Taylor Swift album will sound like when she's settled down and in love?  Right now, she's obviously falling hard, getting burned and living to tell the tale. 

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