Taylor Swift’s newest re-recorded album was a hit


Taylor Swift Red (Taylor's Version), NME, fair use

Taylor Swift’s newest album is a hit, no surprises there.

The album “Red (Taylor’s Version),” premiered last Friday and caused a massive commotion, crashing Spotify the minute of the drop.

The impressive album has 30 tracks on it. Ten of the tracks are from the vault, meaning they were meant to be featured on the original Red Album, but they did not make the final cut. The album also includes features from various artists including Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers, and Ed Sheeran. The songs ‘Babe’ and ‘Better Man’ were originally written by Taylor, but sung and released by Sugarland and Little Big Town. The song ‘Ronan’ is a new release, but it is not from the Vault or originally written for the first version of the album.

Since her contract with the Big Machine Records ended in 2018, Taylor has released two new albums, Folklore and Evermore, and has begun re-recording her past albums beginning with Fearless and now Red. There have also been rumors that ‘Speak Now’ will be the next album Swift re-records.

One of the most anticipated songs on the re-release was the ten-minute version of the popular song, “All Too Well.” The song already has more than 30,000,000 Spotify streams. This version of the song is a little more upbeat than the original, which caused some upset for the fans looking for a more intense slow song. A couple of days after the album release, Swift dropped a more solemn version; titled ‘All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version) – Recorded at Long Pond Studios’. The song is speculated to be written about Swift’s relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

Along with the songs, there have been a multitude of lyric videos, a short film, and one music video has been released thus far. The short film ‘All too Well: The Short Film’ is set to ‘All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)’, and includes minimal dialogue. The film was written and directed by Swift, and it stars Sadie Sink as ‘Her’, Dylan O’Brien as ‘Him’, and Taylor Swift as ‘Her, later on,’ among other extras. There have been rumors of the short film being nominated for an Oscar.

Taylor also released a music video for the new song, “I Bet You Think About Me,” featuring Christ Stapleton. The video was co-directed by Blake Lively and Swift herself. It features Taylor crashing an ex’s wedding, with popular actor Miles Teller playing her former love interest. There will hopefully be more music videos released of songs on the album in the near future.

It is nearly impossible to choose a favorite song off the album, seeing they are all dynamic lyrical masterpieces. The new songs that stand out the most would have to be ‘Better Man’, ‘I Bet You Think About Me’, or ‘Nothing New’. The re-recorded songs that were featured on the original album seemed slightly more upbeat than their original recordings, which was pleasant but unexpected.

New songs – (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

Ronan (Taylor’s Version)

Better Man (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Babe (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

Message In A Bottle (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) (feat. Chris Stapleton)

Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

Run (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) (feat. Ed Sheeran)

The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

All Too Well (10 Minute version) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)