Recapturing the soul of 2012


A collage of both RED albums. Both album covers from Apple Music.

It’s something I’ve heard a million times before.

 However, the emotions and heartache I had while listening to “Red (Taylor’s Version),” remained the same, if not stronger.

I was looking forward to Swift’s new album after seeing various secret hidden messages that were blasted all over social media. From lost scarves to old references, Swift’s new album was definitely worth the wait. 

   After Swift’s ex-manager, Scooter Braun, sold master rights to her six albums without her permission, Swift decided to re-record them. In efforts to reclaim her rights to profits and her music, Swift took action.

On Twitter, she announced plans to re-record six of her earliest albums, as well as a 10-minute extended version of her song,”All Too Well”.

There are 30 songs on the album, with the first 21 being rerecordings of the original “Red” album. The other nine were unreleased songs from the recording session for “From the Vault” album that didn’t make the final cut. 

Swift has been able to capture the soul of the 2012 releases while also demonstrating to her followers how she progressed from a youthful artist to a now popular and remarkable musician in her freshly reconstrued album.

Swift’s evolution as an artist is being well displayed in “Red” making it once again, a great reanimation of her 2012 self and a reflection of Swift’s personal growth since then.

Swift directed “All Too Well: The Short Film ” with the cooperation of actress Blake Lively. This outstanding short film starred Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. I thought the actors did an excellent job of portraying Swift and her previous relationship. This song is a breakup ballad that perfectly depicts the sadness and grief that comes with a breakup. This became one of the most popular songs amongst fans, as well as mine.

I’d like to think that the ten-minute version told many fans the full tale of Swift’s relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhall. As I play this song over and over in my room, it has left me heartbroken and emotional, with the weight of incomprehensible feelings coursing through me.

On “I Bet You Think About Me,” Swift returns to her country roots and displays a unique strength. This song, in my opinion, mostly targeted arrogant folks with a god-like complex.It’s a perfect blend of the old country Swift and the current Swift I’m familiar with.

 Whether it was from the public or her record label, Swift was unable to make the album she genuinely desired due to the continual scrutiny she received. Now, she’s allowed herself to finally release the album she has always wanted to produce.