Recapturing the soul of 2012

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

I’ve heard it a million times before.

 But for some reason, the emotions and heartache I felt while listening to “Red (Taylor’s Version),” are still the same if not stronger.

From all of the messages such as lost scarves to old references found all over social media, I was highly anticipating Swift’s new album.

   Swift made her decision to re-record her albums after her ex-manager, Scooter Braun, sold the master rights to her six albums without her knowing. To reclaim her rights to profits and her music, Swift took action.

She announced her plan to re-record her six oldest albums on Twitter as well as a 10-minute extended version of her song “All Too Well”. 

The album has 30 tracks, and the first 21 songs were rerecordings of songs from the original  “Red” album. The other nine were unreleased songs from “From the Vault” album’s recording session that didn’t make the final cut. 

In her newly recreated album, Swift has been able to capture the soul of the 2012 releases while also showcasing to her fans how she grew from a young artist to a now popular sensational artist.  

“Red” exhibits Swift’s evolution as an artist, making it once again, a perfect reanimation of her 2012 self while also displaying Taylor’s personal growth since then. 

 “All Too Well: The Short Film, ” was directed by Swift, with the help of actress Blake Lively. This remarkable short film starred Daylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. I felt that the actors were able to represent Swift and her past relationship flawlessly. The song is a breakup ballad that perfectly captures the feelings of sorrow and heartbreak. This became one of the widely fan-favorite songs as well as mine.

 I like to believe that the ten-minute version gave many fans the complete story behind Swift’s relationship with her ex, Jake Gyllenhall. This song has left me heartbroken and emotional with the weight of unexplainable emotions coursing through as I play it over and over in my room. 

Swift aims towards her country roots and showcases a unique strength on “I Bet You Think About Me.” The way I see it, this song mainly called out privileged pretentious people with a god-like complex. It is a perfect mixture between the old country Swift and this newly fond Swift that I know. 

From the constant eyes on her, whether it was judgment or her record label, Swift was unable to create the album she truly wanted. Now, as she returns to her previous albums nine years later, she has allowed herself to finally release the album she always wanted to make.