The Release of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’


Grace Mabry

Friday, Nov. 12, marks the release of Taylor Swift’s rerecorded album, “Red (Taylor’s Version).” Before this album’s release, she recently released her rerecorded album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” in April. It’s wonderful that she is getting a chance to rerecord her work and we get to hear how much her voice has matured and developed since the start of her career, but the reasons she’s having to rerecord are not as wonderful. Taylor Swift was stripped of the artistic and financial control of her music, so to continue having ownership over her work she has to rerecord it.

The album “Red” highlights the relationship between Taylor Swift and her now ex-boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhaal. Taylor Swift describes the album by saying, “the songs discuss the complex and conflicting feelings resulting from fading romance”. There will be a total of 30 songs on the rerecording as opposed to the original album track list, which had 19 songs. Nine of the songs on the rerecording will be completely new, the songs from the vault include features with artists like Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton and Phoebe Bridgers.

The album is being released at the perfect time because it is just in time for fall. These songs are timeless, and many fans are excited to hear all their favorite songs for the first time again. One song many are looking forward to is the 10-minute version of All Too Well. This song’s lyrics describe the bittersweet feeling of remembering the past and moving on from it. The expectations are very high for this album, and I am excited to see Taylor Swift exceed all of them.