Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Red Album Review

Taylor Swift is most known for her auto-biography style to her music. She is not afraid to get personal,  even to the point of saying her beau's name. She is more popular than Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Her album, Speak Now, sold 1 million copies in its first week. And now....
Red has appeared.
It has also sold 1 million copies in its 1st week. She is one of the only artists to have hit back-to-back albums.
No wonder.
Taylor Swift knows what girls are going through. After all, she has gone through most of it herself. She has a really realistic lyrics. 'Fearless' was her big break. 'Speak Now' sealed her fame. Both albums were fairly tame.
Now how about Red?

Wholesome Content

Her latest single, 'Begin Again' is beautiful. After an ugly breakup, she goes on her first date and is strengthen by her new relationship. She is about to bring up her old relationship to her date, but then concludes. "For the first time/What's past is past."
'Stay, Stay, Stay' proves to be the sweetest, upbeat track in this album. Swift remembers the times when she lost her temper and got mad at her boyfriend. She admires and cares for him more when he doesn't leave her. "All those times that you didn't leave, it's been occuring to me/I'd like to hang out with you/For my whole life."

In 'I Almost Do', Swift resists the temptation to call her ex again. The bumble gum pop single, 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' wisely ends a hurtful relationship. 'The Last Time' does the same. "This is the last time/I won't hurt you anymore."

'Everything is Changed' is a sweet song about new love. 'The Lucky One' displays an honest description of stardom. "And your secretes splashed on the news front page.... You wonder if you'll make it our alive."
'State of Grace's states as-a-matter-of factly, "Love is a ruthless game/Unless you play it good and right."

Unaccpectable Content

In 'I Knew You Were Trouble' Taylor got into an affair with a boy, even  though she always knew he was trouble. She bitter cries, "You never loved me/Or her/Or anyone/Or anything." The same can be said in another pop song, '22', in which she repeats over again, "You look like bad news/I gotta have you."

'All Too Well' has far too many mentions of living (and sleeping) together. "There we are again/in the middle of the night/We're dancing round the kitchen/in the refigerator light. "State of Grace," remembers, "We were alone/Just you and me/Up in your room/Our slates were clean."
 In, 'Sad, Beautiful, Tragic', Swift sings sadly sings over and over again, "We had a beautiful, sad, tragic love affair."
In 'Treacherous', Swift describes her dangerous relationship, but clearly states that she does not mind the danger. In fact, she says she likes it. "Follow you home/I'll follow you home."
'Starlight' is about a young couple sneeking into a club party to have the night of their life. 'The Lucky One' uses h---
Though fairly clean, the title track describes the love between her beau and her is 'passionate as sin'.

Conclusion

 Since the lead single released, I had been waiting for this album to come out. I listen to the all of the songs the day it came out. Though I liked the tune of '22' and 'All Too Well', I knew it wasn't wholesome... and terribly sinful. I expected a lot more from this album.
Taylor Swift has been playing this reckless game for years. Yet, she's still playing it. She hasn't gave up on it, but she still hasn't found the right boy. It's sad when you think about how many heartbreaks she's had.
Unfortunately, 'Red' is a few steps down from the sweet, 'Fearless', and the fairly clean, 'Speak Now'.
"Love is a ruthless game/Unless you play it good and right."
Is she?
Not at the least.

4 comments:

  1. LOVE your reviews!!! really interesting!!

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  2. I would love to hear your take on "call me maybe"!!

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