Swift’s New album has listeners seeing RED
She wrote your song on an old napkin and wishes she wasn’t invisible. You belong with her because she can’t breathe without you. You’re still an innocent even though you gave her roses she left to die. And even though losing him was blue like she’d never known, loving him was red. Taylor Swift once again poured her heart out on the fourth studio album of her career. It seems though that her album, infamously named “Red”, is inconsistent. She isn’t full blown country like her album “Fearless”, and this album doesn’t have a magic, happy-go-lucky, speak your mind themed to it like her 2010 album “Speak Now”.
The first half of the songs on her album have a slow and haunting background beat. Then you have the other half of the songs that seem to only be high pitched, repetitive chords that have a hick feeling to them. For some reason, there is not one song that meets in the middle. If you read the comments on some YouTube videos, you will find some to be bashing on the 22 year old country turned pop turned alternative rock singer because just like her songs, Swift can’t find a happy medium to find herself as a singer. At this point, no one can tell what genre Swift fits into. With the release of “Red” we can all agree that she is not a country singer anymore, but it poses the question of “what is she trying to prove?”.
Based on some of her songs like “22”, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, it appears Swift is appealing to the pop audience. However there is the fact that “I Knew You Were Trouble” has a dubstep beat randomly thrown in the middle chorus. Then the album switches tracks to “Treacherous” which has a more haunting and deep key to it. She throws listeners into a whiplash rock feeling with “State of Grace” where Swift kills it with aggressive vocals.. Yet, on title track “Red” Swift falls short, trying to reach out to a broader audience outside of the tween age.
Critics always praise Taylor Swift for being honest and open with her songs, but there may come a point where she risks becoming repetitive and unoriginal. “Red” has a feeling of all around emptiness that doesn’t fill in the voids of reaching out to a wide audience. As this is her fourth album, you would think that Swift would have figured out that if she wants to be more popular, she must broaden her horizons musically and vocally.
Sure the lyrics are personal and nostalgic, but who can really relate to such personal lyrics such as “left my scarf there at your sister’s house and you still got it in your drawer even now ” as she sings in “All Too Well”. On a critical note, I give Swift an A for effort but a B for how she delivers. Point blank, her album is confusing and has a lot of fillers for songs that don’t have the deep meaning we are used to from the girl who can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to men.