Seeing Red

While many of Taylor Swift’s new songs possess the same spunky lyrics and feelings as her earlier albums, Swift took “Red,” her new album, to a higher emotional level. She explains the meaning behind her title during a web chat: “All those emotions — spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that — in my mind, all those emotions are red. You know, there’s nothing in between. There’s nothing beige about any of those feelings.”

“Red,” recently released on October 22nd, is not just a regular Taylor Swift album. It covers many different subjects and uses multiple styles of music to capture the attention of a variety of listeners. The album’s leading single, “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” tells of Swift finally ending a crumbling relationship. Its fun beat and catchy chorus have attracted teenage girls all over the country. However, Swift took another approach in a handful of other new songs like “I Almost Do” and “All Too Well.” These songs, with slower and softer melodies, illustrate struggles and challenges she has faced in her relationships and how getting back on her feet after break ups was never easy.

Overall, Taylor Swift has exceeded many expectations and received favorable reviews from music critics. She raised the bar and proved that she isn’t always the girl who sings simple pop songs, but is also a musician of emotion and potential.