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Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red is about lessons learned, love lost, and looking forward to the future.
It’s honest. It’s real. Red effectively captures all of the emotions that come with love.
From the daydreams and wishful thinking, to the happy times, to the misinterpretations, sadness, and eventual let downs, Swift has once again revealed her love life to the world.
And let me say, this glimpse is pretty good.
Thanks to heavy rotation on Target commercials earlier this season, I could already sing along to the chorus of “Red”, which cleverly compares the emotions in a relationship to the color spectrum.
It’s a simple concept but the catchy chorus is brilliant: “Losing him was blue like I’d never known, missing him was dark gray all alone, forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met, but loving him was red.”
“I Knew You Were Trouble” is about falling for someone you know isn’t a good idea for you. It’s sure to bring a smirk to girls’ faces, because despite knowing better, we’ve all fallen for the bad boy.
“All Too Well” captured such cute moments from early in a relationship that I vowed to live them out one day. My favorite line: “There we are again in the middle of the night, we’re dancing round the kitchen in the refrigerator light.”
There were some unexpected tracks such as “22”, a kind of offbeat, girl-power anthem, which talked about dressing up like hipsters and ditching places that had too many cool kids.
But its originality won me over, as did the soothing, sweet, melodic pairing of Swift and Ed Sheeran on “Everything Has Changed”. I couldn’t stop pressing repeat.
Yes, fans have been shouting the empowering “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” lately, but I think the greatest song on this album is the last track, “Begin Again”.
“Begin Again” is about the surprising kind of love, the kind where you’ve almost given up, but someone comes into your life and shows you how great things can be.
“I’ve been spending the last eight months thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end, but on a Wednesday in a cafe, I watched it begin again,” Swift sings.
Its optimism is so refreshing.
And what a gentleman he must have been: “Walked in expecting you’d be late but you got here early and you stand and wave, I walk to you... you pull my chair out and help me in, and you don’t know how nice that is, but I do.”
You should’ve held onto that one, Taylor. Then again, if you did, we wouldn’t have this lovely song to listen to.