Taylor Swift releases ‘Red (Taylor’s Version),’ a remake of her 2012 classic album

On Friday, Grammy Award-winning singer “Red (Taylor’s Version)” unveiled a remake of her acclaimed 2012 album “Red” as part of her ongoing mission to regain ownership of her early music.

While the original album was 16 tracks, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” is an epic 30 track featuring musical collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Gary Lightbody, Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton. It also contains nine previously unreleased songs that did not reach the final product in 2012.

And guessing from the reactions on social media, it’s not always a bad idea to revisit the past.

“I’m crying @ taylorswift13 #RedTaylorsVersion. Freaking AWESOME,” one fan wrote on Twitter, while another said, “taylor swift just hits differently, and especially when it’s red we’re talking about.”

Among music critics, the reception was also largely positive.

The Rolling Stones’ Rob Sheffield awarded the album five stars, describing the project as “a tribute to how far she’s traveled, but it makes you even more excited about where she’s going next.”

He wrote specifically about the long-lost 10-minute version of “All Is Well,” he said Swift “takes his own masterpiece, tears it all apart, breaks it like a promise, shreds his tapestry, and rebuilds it into a new heartbreaking epic, twice as long and twice as crazy. “

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According to Variety’s Chris Willman, Swift has the benefit of having almost all of the original produce from the album back on board.

However, he writes: “A general first impression is that the more acoustic-based things are easier to accurately recreate without producer Nathan Chapman, than her very first entry into electro-pop is without Max Martin, though the differences can be difficult for the non-Fast ear for to be heard immediately. “

Nevertheless, he says, the collection of nine previously unreleased songs “does not have a real dud in the herd.”

In a four-star review titled “A retread of heartbreak,” Hannah Mylrea of ​​NME says 31-year-old Swift’s mature vocals are the most marked change.

“You hear it most clearly in the spoken-word moments, like ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’s withering put-down’: ‘With some indie record that’s much cooler than mine,’ she writes before adds that “It’s the kind of eye-roll moment that is typical of being a young adult, and although it comes with vim in its creation, the changes in Swift’s lyrics and vocals in those moments are evident in the 10 years , since it was first released. “

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“Red (Taylor’s Version)” is the second in the series for Swift’s remake project. In April of this year, she topped the Billboard 200 chart with “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” which was the remake of her second 2008 album, “Fearless.”
Swift has previously announced plans to revisit her early albums (from her self-titled debut in 2006 to 2017’s “Reputation”) in an attempt to regain ownership of the work she released under her former label Big Machine Records.
Superstar manager Scooter Braun acquired the master recordings of Swift’s first six albums in 2019 despite her objections. Swift confirmed in a Twitter post in November last year that the masts have since been sold to Shamrock Holdings.
Following the release of “Red (Taylor’s Version),” Swift thanked fans for having inspired her to regain her art by telling her 89 million Twitter followers: “It would never have been possible to go back and make my previous work and reveal lost art and forgot the gems along the way if you had not encouraged me “Red is becoming mine again, but it has always been ours. Now we start again.”

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