Taylor Swift: Red
About the Song:
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