Opinion

Swift’s new album gives new twist on old songs

“Red (Taylor’s Version)” was released Nov. 12. (Fair use from USA Today)

Taylor Swift, a pop and country music icon, released her new re-recorded album “Red (Taylor’s Version)” Nov. 12, and the wait was definitely worth it.

“Red (Taylor’s Version)” is the second album released in Swift’s series of re-recordings. In addition to the original tracklist, Swift released bonus songs that did not make the original cut of the album, which are referred to as “From The Vault.”

The album provides a variety of music such as country and pop, which keeps listeners engaged.

It also shows how Swift’s voice has matured with age. This is displayed most prominently in “22,” a nostalgic early 2010s pop classic. On the original track list, the songs that stand out the most to me are “Come Back…Be Here,” “Treacherous,” “All Too Well” and “The Last Time,” which all beautifully capture moments in time thanks to Swift’s lyrical genius.

The most unique song in the album is the 10 minute version of “All Too Well.” On the original album, the song was shortened. However, in the re-recorded version, Swift released the longer version as well.

The full song is beautifully written and produced. Swift writes impressive lyrics of heartbreak, love, recovery, acceptance and more in “All Too Well.”

It perfectly transitions between new and old verses. Not only did Swift release the full version, but she also wrote and directed a short film starring actors Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink.

The film does a fantastic job of capturing and portraying the emotions Swift sings about, and the skillful acting is what brings it together.

The 10 “From The Vault” songs include features from artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton.

The songs range from heartbreaking ballads that explore the struggles of sexism and growing up to more upbeat classic country tunes.

This gives listeners a much needed break from the sadness of the album and provides a playful aspect. The bonus tracks also provide the album with a light-hearted tone.

Swift has impressed fans with her lyrics, imagery and production. The album takes listeners through every emotion while also conveying deeply personal and relatable themes.

Leah Baumann
Leah Baumann is a junior at Bexley High School and is a staff reporter for The Torch. This year is Leah's first year on the Torch staff, and she is a tennis player for Bexley. She also participates in Environmental Club and Key Club.