Likes: Red, I Knew You Were Trouble, 22, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Sad Beautiful Tragic
Overall: A lot of growth; interesting, slightly more mature and moody
Taylor Swift keeps with her bi-annual tradition of releasing a collection of love & heartbreak tunes with her 4th album, “Red,” sounding a little more mature than before. Although Swift hasn’t changed much vocally (limited and mousey), her ever-endearing, relatable and emotive lyrics are still there and growth is apparent as the country star spreads her wings and dabbles further into pop and rock. The music at times is more somber as well; a contrast from Swift’s usual bubbly and hopeful energy. What’s interesting and quite impressive is how Swift is able to deliver songs that have a sassy and jaded appearance, but still have a wide-eyed, unsullied soul. It’s remarkable how she presents two vastly different attitudes within each song and throughout the album without seeming contradictory. As she says in 22, “We're happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time,” and who better to explain and make sense of that than a 22-year-old? Once again, Swift wins by going into the heart of her life experience for inspiration. By being honest in the present, versus trying to stay in past or go too far into the future, Swift makes it just right.