By: Abby Gott — School News Editor
On November 12, 2021, Taylor Swift dropped her album, Red (Taylor’s Version). The album consists of the songs from Swift’s original album, Red, plus some songs from the vault that were never released. With thirty songs, Swift impressed fans by making her classics even better.
After being denied the right to purchase her own music, Swift decided to re-record her albums. So far, she has released Fearless in April 2021, and this just this month, Red.
Swift says that this is the first time that fans will hear all thirty songs that were supposed to be on the original album. “Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way,” said Swift.
Senior Lucas Hu says that it is so cool that Swift is reclaiming her life’s work and her narrative on many songs. “I love getting to relive these albums from our youth through the re-releases and seeing Taylor’s growth and vocal improvements. I also love the fact that she is adding vault tracks to each album,” said Hu.
Senior Shiraz Becker says that the All Too Well short film that Swift released was a work of art. “There was so much emotion behind each scene and it was genuinely beautiful. It also fully captured the gaslighting and manipulation in some relationships,” said Becker.
“She [Taylor] has so many albums with different genres so it’s impossible to ever get sick of her music. I also really admire her as a person and as a female artist because of her stance and impact on the feminist movement,” added Becker.
Senior Mya Grossman says she loved the All Too Well short film. “I loved how Taylor had creative control and got to include crazy symbolism and messages for her fans to decode throughout the album release and film,” said Grossman.
Senior Sophie Zmoira says a lot of people at school seemed super excited for the album to come out. “I haven’t always been the biggest Taylor Swift but a lot of her songs on the album are really catchy,” said Zmoira.
Becker says that the ten-minute version of “All Too Well” included in the album was heart-wrenching. “It was lyrically and musically impressive and just so beautiful,” said Becker.
Grossman says that her favorite song on the album is “Starlight.” “It’s an unpopular opinion but it’s nostalgic for me because I remember listening and loving it in elementary school. So that song really stuck with me,” said Grossman.
Becker says that this album brought her back to her elementary school days. “I think everyone should listen to it because they might find some songs that they remember hearing when they were little,” said Becker.
Hu says that Swift’s pen game is unmatched. “She makes things that I can’t relate to seem relatable and I just love the way she writes,” said Hu.
“I’m excited to see which album she re-records next,” Hu added.