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Another great album,
This review is from: Red (Audio CD)
I've been eagerly anticipating this album ever since Taylor dropped the amazing Speak Now. When talking about this album Taylor described it as a collaborative effort unlike Speak Now which was very internal (she wrote every song alone without co-writers and co-produced every song). She worked with a lot of new people on this album including Max Martin (pops biggest producer who's worked with many huge pop stars such as Britney Spears and Ke$ha), Butch Walker (a rock singer but he's produced for pop artists such as Avril Lavigne (My Happy Ending) and Katy Perry (Thinking Of You)) not to mention collaborating with newcomer Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. Despite this she wrote 9 songs alone.
Anyway getting back to the point this album see's Taylor experiment with a lot of new sound from the Dubstep influence I Knew You Were Trouble to the U2 inspired State Of Grace. This was a risky move but it paid off. The catchy bubblegum tracks like the hit single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and 22 are completely irresistible. State Of Grace is an incredible track and a perfect opener. Despite what the lead single may have you believe a lot of these songs are quite slow such as the introspective Treacherous, the incredible All Too Well which produced some of the best lyrics she's ever wrote and several more. There are some more pop songs on the album such as Red and Starlight which are 2 of the albums strongest tracks. Red is a guitar based pop song using colours as a metaphor for emotion and Starlight is an incredible synth based pop songs which is infectious but it still has great lyrics telling of an adventure she had with a boy aged 17. It's like Enchanted funner sister. Both the collaborations are very good. The Last Time featuring Gary Lightbody is a dark song reminiscent of Safe and Sound that is haunting and has some of Taylor's best vocals yet. Everything Has Changed featuring Ed Sheeran is an uptempo number that will have you bopping along. There's still some songs for fans who prefer Taylor's country stuff such as the beautiful ballad Begin Again and the fun up-tempo Stay Stay Stay.
These are my thoughts on each track
State Of Grace-10/10 A great opener inspired by U2. Taylor sings about how love should be over epic guitars
Red-10/10 This is the catchiest song on the album. I like how it compares colours to emotions. It's a great pop-rock song with clever lyrics.
Treacherous-8/10 This is a slower song and is beautiful. You can see how much Taylor has grown as a writer on this album.
I Knew You Were Trouble-10/10 I never thought Taylor could pull off dubstep but this song is amazing. It's catchy, has good lyrics and is just a great bop.
All Too Well-10/10 This is one of my favourite tracks. It's a beautiful song with some of Taylor's best lyrics yet. My favourite part is "Hey you called me up again just to break me like a promise, So casually cruel in the name of being honest
I'm a crumbled up piece of paper lying here, Cause I remember it all all all too well"
22-9/10 This is a really fun song celebrating the complications of being young and confused
I Almost Do-8/10 This is a slower song where Taylor contemplates about a former lover and how she almost goes to contact him but never quite manages.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together-8/10 This is the ultra poppy ultra fun lead single. While it's not her best song it's still a fun jam and is greater to dance around and be silly too.
Stay Stay Stay-8/10 This is another fun country song telling a story about an ex-boyfriend
The Last Time-9/10 This is a dark track featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. It's like hearing 2 sides of the same story from Taylor and Gary. Taylor's voice is amazing on this as well.
Holy Ground-7/10 This is probably the weakest song on the album but still enjoyable and the drums are great in this song.
Sad Beautiful Tragic-8/10 This is a beautiful ballad reflecting on a relationship and everything that came with it.
The Lucky One-10/10 This is a great song where Taylor talks about the Perils of fame praising an artist (rumored to be Joni Mitchell) for getting out before it became to consuming.
Everything Has Changed-9/10This is a great guitar based track featuring Ed Sheeran. It's a really sweet song and is really catchy.
Starlight-10/10 This is an amazing synth based pop song where Taylor's tells about an adventure she had as a teen. It's one of my favourites on the album and is irresistible.
Begin Again-10/10 This is a perfect end to the album. This is a beautiful very personal country ballad where Taylor says about how she starts to fall in love again after a turbulent relationship.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2013 15:57:55 GMT
Starlight isn't about her, it's about someone else, as the lyrics say 'Summer of '45' :D
Posted on 2 Feb 2013 20:00:22 GMT
I couldn't agree with you more. Every track is credible and immensely catchy in it's own right.
Excellent review btw.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 18:38:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Mar 2013 18:39:05 GMT
I only found out after I wrote the review that Starlight is actually about Ethel and Bobby Kennedy. I assumed she was just comparing her own adventures to their's before I watched an interview where she explained the story behind the song :).
Posted on 29 Jun 2013 08:47:08 BDT
B. W. Coyle says:
can,t stand the weeeee bit in we are never getting back to together but i do agree with you on the rest,she,s got an amazing voice.
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