Taylor Swift: Red

Taylor Swift Red
About the Song:
Released: 2012
Writing Credits: Taylor Swift
Label: Big Machine Records
Genre: Country, Pop
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5
Debut: #1 (on iTunes)

The Story: Recounting all the emotions that come with a whirlwind romance – missing, losing, loving are likened to the colors, grey, blue and red.All with another spin on swirling emotions that come with the end of a relationship. 

Thoughts: From the opening stanza of ‘Red,’ I sort of fell for this song. The third song to be released from Swift’s upcoming album (coincidentally, also this track is the title song) as a part of the iTunes countdown she is promoting and so far, it may be my favorite – perhaps even my favorite song from the country darling yet. Maybe. That's not to say that ‘Red’ comes across as one of my  “top ten” tunes because, it really isn't but I have to admit, there is something about it that is pleasant  The sound and words that accompany the instruments are a perfect fit – fabulously so! Like ‘Begin Again,’ the song pays more of a tribute to her country roots and yet, its beat has its own unique sound that almost demands we sing along with the fun story it has to tell. Unlike ‘Begin Again,’ here, Taylor reverts more to the sound of her “youthful” lyrical songs because of its “tragic” love story scenario but that didn’t diminish the fun because for me, I am just happy that we are getting a more “solid” lyrical story and quality.

The concept of putting colors to parallel our emotions is a clever one but again, the story Swift spins is out-dated being again about a oh-so-dizzying turn of a relationship – a romantic one. To put it a different way, this could have been a great deal better and more “serious” had the tune taken a different slant – it makes me wish that Swift had written it to cover a wider range of emotions, things experienced in love or life that goes beyond mere romance. There is so many more complexities that could have been incorporated into this song; even in simplistic, easy listening terms. Regardless, Taylor Swift's latest is fun and just having her name plastered on the single art means it will be an instead success. Of that, I am sure.  

Lyrics: Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street / Faster than the wind / Passionate as sin, ended so suddenly / Loving him is like trying to change your mind / Once you’re already flying through the free fall / Like the colors in autumn / So bright just before they lose it all


  1. I really liked how she used the colors to describe and go into more, shall we say "black and white" feelings in the relationship :D With the colors it was somehow more complex and simpler at the same time :D Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

  2. Very well put, Sierra - I like just how you phrased that. The song is "simple" but yet there is some underlying quality that is... complex!

  3. When I first heard this one, I didn't know if I'd really like it. But after listening to it a few more times I'm starting to like the tune and fall for the lyrics. :D

  4. When it comes to music, I am very much like that, Rosie. Sometimes I have to listen to a song/album several times before I should give my opinion of it. Such an example was my reaction to Carrie Underwood's last album - I was "so-so" about the first few listens but now I love it! 'Red' is a fabulous song even with its flaws. Glad you like it okay. :-)

  5. I need to listen to this at some point. Interesting review, you made me want to hear it! :)

    1. Thanks. It's a catchy tune and one I've become "addicted" to, Charity.

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  7. I wasn't a fan of this one! She needs to go back to pure country.

    1. Yes, she probably does, Alyssa. I was just listening to her first album yesterday and it was so sweet. That is really the ONLY album that was pure country. That being said, surprisingly, I did like 'Red' as a CD. It had some great stuff.

  8. I love this song. Very good post and your blog is also very beautiful!

    1. As do I, Vanessa - I always turn it way up when it cycles through the iPod. :)

      Thanks for your kind words - visit anytime. :)

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    1. Same here, Melanie - it's one of those songs I have listened to over and over again, and still don't tire of it. :)


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