‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ is out and I’m not fine at all


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Taylor Swift released “Red (Taylor’s Version)” at midnight on Friday, Nov. 12, as well as the short film “All Too Well” at 7 p.m. the same day.

The moment that fellow Swifties have been eagerly waiting for has finally arrived. Like I talked about in a previous article, Taylor Swift moved the date of her next re-recorded album “Red (Taylor’s Version [TV])” from Nov. 19 to Nov. 12.

At midnight on Friday, Swift dropped the album — breaking Spotify in the process. Many fans experienced glitches with the popular music app while trying to access the new album. With the release of Swift’s short film “All Too Well” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, the multi-genre artist has fans in a treacherous state. 

With 30 songs on this album, the time span from start to finish totals up to two hours and 11 minutes. Any Swiftie should see the significance of this number — two and 11 add up to 13 — the singer’s lucky number. 

With no lead single, only a few snippets, the singer didn’t give fans many chances to hear how her voice matured since the 2012 original release. The album shows her vocal maturity, while still managing to capture the raw emotion and naivete of the original album. There are many new songs on this album as well, her vault songs, as well as the highly anticipated “All Too Well (10 Minute Version).”

In addition to the songs from the original album being re-recorded, Swift added nine songs from the vault. The “From the Vault” songs are “Better Man,” “Nothing New (feat. Phoebe Bridgers),” “Babe,” “Message in a Bottle,” “I Bet You Think About Me (feat. Chris Stapleton),” “Forever Winter,” “Run (feat. Ed Sheeran)” and “The Very First Night.” The songs are quickly becoming fan favorites, especially “Run.”

There’s a story hidden behind all of the vault songs that play into the inner themes of the overall album, and there’s a sense of magic behind hearing these songs for the first time, as we’ve heard most of the others. They’re playful, endearing and some are heartbreaking. Any Sheeran and Swift collab instantly becomes a favorite of mine — their voices blend very well together, making “Run” my favorite song from the vault.

Hearing how Taylor’s voice matured from 2012 to 2021 on her classic “Red” songs is something very special for fans. While most of the songs stay the same lyrically, there’s something about her voice technically and emotionally that makes these sound so much better on TV. Maybe it’s the fact that so much of her fanbase gets to hear these songs at an age where many of us are going through the same feelings of heartbreak and growing up that she did in that time.

The laugh at the end of “Stay Stay Stay” was a moment that makes us smile, hearing how happy she is being in love. The very noticeable change is the chorus of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is whimsical. 

The most notable part of “Red TV” is the 10 minute version “All Too Well.” This is one of her most popular songs of all time and hearing an extended version was a moment fans were waiting for. The lyrics in the third verse hit the most, reflecting back on that toxic relationship she was in. 

As someone who grew up with this album, I know these songs all too well. They’re classic songs that elicit an emotional reaction for many people. I was curious as to how the songs would evolve over the past nine years, and I can’t believe how good they sound. You can tell there’s a difference between the original and re-recorded albums. I will definitely be crying to this 100/10 album for an uncomfortable amount of time.