Taylor Swift Never Fails to Wow Fans with Recent Release: Red (Taylor’s Version)


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Swift performing at the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

By Emily Chin , Managing Editor

I bet you think about me . . . Yes, Taylor, we’re all thinking about you. Friday, November 12 marked the day of the re-release of Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, “Red (Taylor’s Version).” Along with the original 22 songs, included were six vault songs — “Ronan,” Swift’s version of “Better Man” and “Babe” and the ten-minute version of “All Too Well” that was accompanied with a short film.

With the new vault songs, there’s a new perspective added to the storyline of some of the original songs. The album ‘Red’ acknowledges Swift’s correlation to the color with the feelings of frustration, disappointment, love and hurt from a possible ex-boyfriend, let’s name him Jake.

Out of the new vault songs, my favorite has to be “I Bet You Think About Me.” It’s the perfect mix of pop and country while still keeping the vibe of “Red.” Released later in the week was the music video, which was directed by actress Blake Lively, containing numerous easter eggs, tricking fans on whether Swift will release “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” or “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).”

And of course, there’s “All Too Well.” There are not enough words in the world to describe how beautiful the ten-minute version and the short film were. Ten minutes sounds a bit long, but I can assure you that once the song starts those ten minutes goes by in seconds. The original lyrics stayed the same while additional lines of heartbreak were added. My favorite new lines from “All Too Well” are from the sixth verse, 

“And I was never good at telling jokes, but the punch line goes “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age. From when your Brooklyn broke my skin and bones // I’m a soldier who’s returning half her weight. And did the twin flame bruise paint you blue? Just between us did the love affair maim you, too?” 

The line reminds me of Swift’s past albums, “folklore” and “evermore.” I feel like the line also shows the talent that Swift has when it comes to being a songwriter. 

As for the rerecorded original songs, there is a clear difference of maturity in Swift’s voice. The beat in most of the songs has changed very slightly, which made me like the re-recorded songs more than the original. There was only one song that I disliked when comparing it to its original and that was “Girl at Home.” It was giving me a very pop-rock 80’s vibe I didn’t like very much. 

The rerelease of Red has proven that Taylor Swift is the music industry. If Swift can get a ten-minute song to the number one Billboard’s top 100, surpassing “American Pie” by Don McLean for longest Number One hit of all time, there’s no doubt that her next few album re-releases will also be a success. Swift owns “Lover,” “folklore,” “evermore,” “Fearless” and now “Red,” and I can’t wait to see which album she re-records next.