By TOMMY ALEXANDER, Photo Editor
Taylor Swift is back and better than ever with her new release, Red, released on October 22.
‘Red’ is Swift’s most ambitious venture yet with musical styles bouncing from kicking off with a U2 influenced arena-rock song in “State of Grace,” to a dubstep inspired drop in “I Knew You Were Trouble,” all the way to the romantic nostalgic ballads like “All Too Well,” and “The Last Time,” which is a sad piano driven duet with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol.
Swift’s music has seen an evolution from her country roots with her debut to now with her transition into the world of pop music, however not entirely leaving the country feel behind. Generally when a change this drastic in an artist’s sound takes place it seems forced and unnatural, this is not the case with Swift. Red may have been a logical next step in her evolution but she makes it very natural and flowing.
If you go into Red expecting the same old Taylor Swift record musically you’re going to be in for a treat and will definitely be taken by surprise. Not only is she experimenting in the world of pop but also influences rock that the singer has barely touched. This is exemplified by the extreme sense of urgency that the stampeding drumbeat elicits in “Holy Ground.” And if you thought that Swift was done with country the sweet, upbeat, and peppy “Stay, Stay, Stay” that shows even while bouncing back and forth between genres she’s still a country girl at heart.
Lyrically Red is as strong as Swift has ever been, and some of the songs show a very clear maturity when dissected. The most mature songwriting being found in the heartbreaking ballads of “All Too Well” and “Sad Beautiful Tragic.” The way that her songwriting can resonate with millions of people, men and women, of all ages is something that she is the best in the business at.
Red is an entertaining ride from the hard-hitting rock songs to the slow heart wrenching ballads that Swift has come to be known for. This album is the best and most interesting yet from her yet but something tells me she’s not done yet.