Taylor swift: Red

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Once again, Taylor Swift has given her fans material for their Facebook statuses. Swift is back with her fourth album, “Red,” which was released Oct. 22.

The album consists of 16 songs that will trap listeners in a funnel of emotions, like a mobile spinning in a teenager’s room, with its poppy beats and angsty lyrics.

Swift, known predominately as a country singer, shows her versatility across different genres. With her single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Swift shows she is more than just a country singer. This song is pure pop.

“I Knew You Were Trouble” is a shocking departure from Swift’s usual songs, not because of the lyrics, but the dub-step-influenced beat that accompanies the chorus.

The song “Red” that the album is named after obviously means a lot to Swift.

“My experiences in love have taught me difficult lessons, especially my experiences with crazy love. The red relationships — he ones that went from zero to a hundred miles per hour and then hit a wall and exploded,” Swift wrote in the album’s notes.

All of the songs fit around this theme in some way or another.

“Treacherous” features surprising lyrics that stray away from innocence.

“And I’ll do anything you say, if you say it with your hands.” She continues to sing about the treacherous path she is headed down but continues to follow him home and likes it. This is the first time Swift really hints at a physical relationship.

“Red” features two duets, “The Last Time,” with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, and “Everything Has Changed,” with Ed Sheeran. Both songs complement each of the singers in a way that the two distinctive voices find a balance.

“Red” is laid out as if it was Swift’s diary. Swift is famous for the reoccurring theme of relationships in her music. This theme continues on “Red.”

While Swift is also known for not commenting on her relationships to the media, her fans know what she is going through because she transforms her experiences into her music.

Even though her music is about her long list of celebrity boyfriends, she always finds a way to remain relatable to her audience. As the listener, you can’t help but wonder what celebrity ex-boyfriend was the inspiration for each song.

A few short days after the release of the album, Swift broke up with Conor Kennedy. Apparently, the song “Stay Stay Stay,” which appears on “Red,” was not enough to keep him around. We will, no doubt, hear what happened between the two on Swift’s next album.

As the popular saying goes, write what you know, and Swift does just that. It was depressing listening to this album because the only time Swift seems to find happiness is when reminiscing in the past. Swift said a line from a Neruda poem she has always remembered was “love is so short, forgetting is so long.” This not only explains her relationships but also the reason behind her music.

When Swift writes her music, she is not writing it purely for the money. Writing songs is a way for her to express herself and work her way through a problem.

In her previous albums she had a fairytale view on relationships, then there was the revenge and now she seems to be learning to let go. Looking at just one of her albums would be like looking at just the eggs in a recipe. Until you look at all of her music together, you won’t see the whole picture.

Everyone loves a good breakup song, but eventually she is going to have to write other material. For her sake and her career’s, I hope she finds someone that is right for her because she is going to run out of ways to write a bad relationship song.

“Red” is the most complex of Swift’s albums. Swift shows more maturity, both in her music and her relationships, throughout this album. Overall, this is not an album you can passively listen to. In order to understand and appreciate the music, you have to pay close attention to what Swift is trying to tell you.

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