Taylor Swift’s two-year awaited album “Red” came out last week. Most people fall into two categories when it comes to Swift’s music: either they break the CD case within the first five minutes of having it because they are so excited to have the new CD, or people think she is overrated and her music is the same every time.
To those who are the latter, she must be doing something right, because “Red” is on track for selling one million copies within the first week. “Red” was number one in 31 countries within the first day of its release.
Swift is known for writing her own songs about former lovers. Fans always try to guess which song is about which past boyfriend. Swift’s past famous boyfriends include Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner and, most recently, Conor Kennedy.
Spectators of Swift’s life say this album is mostly about Jake Gyllenhaal. She looks at their short relationship from every aspect one can imagine, from the beginning of their happy relationship to the fallout and seemingly awful breakup.
Swift branches out from her country roots with more pop songs on this album. Her number one hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” is one of her hits that contains catchy pop lyrics that most people cannot get out of their heads. “Red,” “22” and “Starlight” also show Swift’s more upbeat music, compared to her slower, sardonic songs.
She also has two songs including different artists in this album. “The Last Time” features Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. It gives Swift a new sound that most people have never heard from her. Both artists sing, “This is the last time I’m asking you this: Put my name on the top of your list,” which gives a new perspective from Taylor Swift about a relationship from both sides, rather than just her side.
“Everything Has Changed,” with Ed Sheeran, showcases Swift’s softer sound. Sheeran is also going on Swift’s tour next year, and it can be inferred that he will sing this song, as well as Lightbody’s part on “The Last Time.”
“All Too Well” is a five-minute breakup song reportedly about Gyllenhaal, which describes how Swift remembers their past relationship. With lyrics like, “Hey, you called me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest,” she displays the harsh reality of breakups. Other depressing songs include, “I Almost Do” and “Sad Beautiful Tragic.”
Of all the melancholy songs Swift has in the album, the first and last songs are about the possibility of love. The album opens with “State of Grace” and ends with “Begin Again,” which gives the listener a feeling of hope about love.
Many say Swift has acquired fame because so many fans can relate to her songs. Her lyrics are real not only to her, but to the girl that never, ever wants to get back together with her ex, to the person that almost calls their ex but never does and to the person sitting in a café, imagining what love is like. Through all the pain and confusion, Taylor Swift still believes in the magic and power of love, and invites her fans to do the same with each album she creates.