Oct. 22, 2012 was the date that many had memorized, marked down in their phones, and were tweeting about since the date it was announced. This was the day that Red, Taylor Swift’s new album was released. For the not-so musically inclined, you are probably asking what Red is and why was it flying off the shelves. Red is the title for Swift’s highly anticipated fourth studio album.
Once again, Swift shares deeply personal songs on the album. Swift has said plenty of times that she was “proud of” writing her last album Speak Now, but she wanted to branch out to other producers and songwriters. She liked their style, wanted to learn from them, and wanted to have a real mixture of two influences. As a result, Swift has recorded duets with British singer/songwriter, Ed Sherran and Snow Patrol’s, Gary Lightbody.
Before the album was available for purchase few of the songs were released. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Red,” “State of Grace.” “Begin Again,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Many have noticed that Swift sounds less like the country-pop singer back when she sang “Our Song “ and “Mean,” and now has shifted towards a punk/pop vibe with guitars and banjos.
Many are also going to see one of the overly sexual songs Swift has ever written on this CD, “Treacherous” which has the line, “I’ll do anything you say if you say it with your hands.”
Although there is very little country, Swift has already sold more than 3.8 million downloads for Red which shows the eagerness of the audience to hear her new music.